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How the miners shook Thatcher

02 March 2010
The biggest and longest mass strike in British history ended 25 years ago. Around 165,000 miners struck for a year from March 1984. They were fighting Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s attempts to close pits, sack tens of thousands of workers and smash one of the most militant sections of the working class.

The Tories are a party of lobbyists

23 February 2010
Tory leader David Cameron is complaining that the Labour government loves up to sleazy parliamentary lobbyists. And yes, that’s true.

The election brings many challenges for socialists

16 February 2010
The swathe of Tory posters disfiguring billboards up and down Britain signal that the general election campaign is underway.

Forward to a general strike in Greece

16 February 2010
There is a lot of anger among workers here. This was to be expected in a country that had put up fierce resistance to attacks by the previous Tory government.


16 February 2010
Should socialists vote for the Labour Party? I teach in a primary school in London. At work people are aware of the despicable things Labour has done to our lives and education. During the London mayor elections in 2008 most teachers in my school voted Green or abstained. But things have changed. Teachers are talking about how scared they are of a Tory government – they started Sats, league tables and Ofsted. David Cameron has become the staffroom’s hate figure.

Business agenda at the heart of parliamentary corruption

09 February 2010
Parliament is rotten to the core. Three Labour MPs – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine – and one Tory peer are facing criminal charges over their expenses.

Who do you vote for?

09 February 2010
The prospect of the Tories in government rightly fills many workers with horror. The party of Eton boys and bonus-grabbing bankers, the party that openly celebrates capitalism, could soon be in Number 10.

Tory flip-flop over cuts shows their weakness

02 February 2010
Spot the difference. Last April, David Cameron strutted the stage at the Tory spring conference, talking tough. He declared an "age of austerity", and boasted that the Tories would face up to the "incredibly tough decisions" on government spending.

The real face of the Tories

12 January 2010
David Cameron moved to attack immigrants this week as the Tories proved they’re still the nasty party.

Thatcher behind closed doors

05 January 2010
The newly released archives from 1979 give an insight into Margaret Thatcher’s thinking. They also show that, in private, Tories are even more reactionary than they are in public.

Ticket office closures will make London’s tube less safe

15 December 2009
London’s Tory mayor Boris Johnson is preparing a £5 billion cuts programme on London Underground, which will mean the closure of 144 station ticket offices and threats to 1,200 jobs.

Leon Kuhn: Peddling Tory dogma

15 December 2009

Quotes from the week's news

08 December 2009
"One agent did come up with something – the ‘45 minutes’, allegedly discussed in a high level Iraqi political meeting."Former British intelligence officer and now Tory MP Adam Holloway on Tony Blair’s "dodgy dossier" and the claim that Iraq could deploy Weapons of Mass Destruction quickly

Scottish independence: Is Britain set to break up?

08 December 2009
Will David Cameron be the last prime minister of the United Kingdom? With the prospect of a Tory government looming in 2010, the argument for independence is once again front page news in Scotland.

Gordon Brown’s government to slash jobs and services

08 December 2009
The war of words between Labour and the Tories over who can slash more of public services stepped up this week.

Labour’s welfare plans far from radical

01 December 2009
Over the last few weeks both Labour and the Tories have announced plans to restructure education, health and social services after next year’s election.

Quotes from the week’s news

24 November 2009
‘I’ve got absolutely nothing against women. Who cooks my dinner? How did my wonderful children appear? Women – you can’t do without them.’ Sir Jeremy Bagge, who opposed selection of Liz Truss as Tory candidate for South West Norfolk, responds to accusations he’s anti-women


13 October 2009
Is Labour a friend to working class people? The Tories and New Labour are no more than bullies who are competing with each other to see who can be the most vile to ill and unemployed people.

The Tories' far right friends

06 October 2009
The Tories showed their more sinister side through the European allies they invited to their conference.

The Tories: a nasty party that represents the bosses

06 October 2009
The Tories are back. Labour’s love affair with power and business has laid the basis for what is presented as a changed Conservative Party.

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