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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Constance Markievicz

19 November 2005
Like most people educated in Britain, I was taught that the Tory ruling class that had opposed votes for women so vehemently nevertheless produced the first woman MP in 1919 — Nancy Astor.

Challenges opened up by German ‘grand coalition’

15 October 2005
The formation of a "grand coalition" government of the social democrats and Tories in Germany is a sign of the crisis gripping Europe’s elites.

Why the left is celebrating in Germany

01 October 2005
The election in Germany has plunged the political establishment into crisis and has led to the biggest breakthrough of a radical left force since the Second World War. Gerhard Schröder’s SPD, similar to Britain’s New Labour, stood with a programme defending hated measures to attack the welfare state — Agenda 2010 and Hartz IV. The Tory CDU and its would-be coalition partners, the FDP, had programmes saying they would implement even harsher neo-liberal measures.

An assault on the very basis of the NHS

24 September 2005
The last Tory government used to fantasise about privatising the whole of the National Health Service. Tony Blair is fulfilling the Tories’ maddest dreams.

Respect Leytonstone ward by-election result

16 July 2005
Waltham Forest Respect was delighted to receive nearly 15 percent of the vote in the Leytonstone ward by-election on Thursday 14 July. We came a strong third, well ahead of the Tories and the Greens, whose votes collapsed. We only had four weeks to build our campaign, and the lessons from the doorstep are clear — where we were able to canvas we could quite easily turn people towards Respect as a clear alternative to the inadequate policies of our Labour/Lib Dem council. The timescale between now and the borough wide council elections in May is obviously far longer, so our campaign effectively starts now! We are planning on holding meetings on pressing issues such as managing Olympic inves

An exciting opportunity for the left

04 June 2005
The vote will have a major impact in France. The Tory prime minister Raffarin was sacked on Tuesday of this week. President Chirac announced a new government in an attempt to calm the situation.

The general election was a bitter blow for Blairism

21 May 2005
Of themselves, elections don’t change anything. They act as a barometer of the deeper social forces at work. But that doesn’t mean that elections are irrelevant. Only a fool would say that the victory of the Tories under Margaret Thatcher in 1979 had no effect on British society.

Good Respect vote will start Labour panic

05 May 2005
When New Labour tells the voters of Blaenau Gwent — Labour majority 19,313 — that they must vote for the Blairite candidate or the Tories might win, it is scarcely convincing.

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