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Education, class and academies

04 November 2006
The central aim of Tony Blair’s education policy is the abolition of the state comprehensive system.Education privatisation was not a New Labour invention. Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government set in motion processes to create a new world of competition between schools.

Greek primary schools all-out strike ends as Tories retreat

04 November 2006
Primary school teachers in Greece ended their six week all-out strike on Monday of this week over pay and the government’s plans for education.

Greek teachers fight on into sixth week of strike

28 October 2006
Greek primary school teachers protested in Athens last week and began their sixth week on strike this Monday. They are fighting for better pay and for a decent education service. The strike is piling pressure on the Tory government, and linking up with other struggles against its plans for education. Secondary school teachers are striking for three days a week, other unions have taken action so their members could join teachers’ protests, and several universities have been occupied against privatisation plans. A mass rally was set for Athens this week after unions rejected government concessions.

Labour in cartoons 4: 1957 - Aneurin Bevan goes nuclear

21 October 2006
Left wing Labour MP Aneurin Bevan led the biggest rebellion in the history of the Labour Party in the early 1950s. Many Labour Party members were angry about the growing consensus between the Tory government and the leadership headed by Hugh Gaitskell.

Greek primary school teachers' strike

14 October 2006
Around 50,000 primary school teachers and their supporters marched in Athens, Greece last week as part of the teachers’ all-out strike over pay. The four week strike has rocked the Tory government. The pressure against the right was intensified after the death of postal workers’ official Manolis Gourniezakis when he tried to stop right wing thugs tampering with a union ballot box

Tim: Tory logo redesign

07 October 2006

Children of Men | Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair | Homestead

07 October 2006
Children of MenDirected by Alfonso CuaronIn cinemas now Don’t let the fact that this film is based on a book by the Tory novelist PD James put you off going to see it. I found it incredibly moving.

Bias revelations in Blair Peach case

09 September 2006
There is new evidence that a Tory government suppressed documents showing the coroner in the inquest into the death of Blair Peach on a 1979 Anti Nazi League demonstration was biased.

Political lessons for the rank and file

26 August 2006
The fall of the Edward Heath’s Tory government during the winter of 1973-4 is the most exciting period in recent British history.

We can stop this threat to comprehensive education

23 May 2006
It seemed certain as Socialist Worker went to press that the government would win the third reading of its Education Bill on Wednesday of this week – but only with Tory support.

Racist myths behind anti-immigrant scaremongering

23 May 2006
Britain is currently facing a flood of scare stories about immigration. These come not just from the Tory frontbench and the right wing "newspapers", but also from supposedly "serious" news programmes such as the BBC’s Newsnight.

Local elections were not a great day for Tories and Liberals

13 May 2006
The Tories were crowing that the elections had opened the way towards a general election victory for them.

The fascist invasion of Abyssinia

29 April 2006
Over 70 years ago the British government was rocked by what the historian AJP Taylor described as "the greatest explosion over foreign affairs for many years". This was caused when the Tory "national" government, led by Stanley Baldwin, was caught out lying about its stance towards fascist Italy’s war against the independent East African state of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).

Echoes of the Labour Party’s great betrayal

18 March 2006
Is this Tony Blair’s Ramsay MacDonald moment? Some 75 years ago Labour’s premier relied on Tory votes to push through cuts in unemployment benefit as the Great Depression gripped the country.

Unity between workers and the young has put the Tory government onto the back foot

18 March 2006
Even if spring has not officially begun, the temperature is rising very sharply on the streets in France.

French students in new rebellion

18 March 2006
Over half of the 82 universities in France are taking part in strike action against the Tory government’s plans. Twenty five universities are in occupation.

Rotten coalition attacks education

04 March 2006
It says everything about New Labour that Tony Blair wants the destruction of comprehensive education to be his lasting legacy. And he’s relying on an alliance with the Tories to do it.

Port action makes Greek Tory government seasick

04 March 2006
Seafarers were ordered to return to their jobs last week by a special "civilian conscription" decree signed by Kostas Karamanlis, the Tory prime minister of Greece. This was an attempt to break a week long strike which has paralysed the country.

Scottish Socialist Party election result

25 February 2006
The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) won just short of 6 percent in a Glasgow city council by-election last week in Milton, beating the combined votes of both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats.

Greek phone tap scandal erupts

11 February 2006
A huge scandal associated with the "war on terror" is rocking Greece’s Tory government following revelations that about 100 mobile phones, including the prime minister’s, were tapped.

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