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Archive for December 2000

1 December 2000

spotPolitical hot air at the Hague

THREE YEARS ago in Kyoto there was an agreement to reduce the release of greenhouse gases that effect the world's climates, writes Bill Hopwood.

1 December 2000

spotHow to win Fees Battle

MANY COLLEGES are beginning to wind down for the Christmas break. But for many students the season will not bring glad tidings, writes Kieran Roberts, Save Free Education campaign.

1 December 2000

spotSocialist challenges break New Labour's grip

What we Think: THE EXCELLENT victory for the Socialist Party in the Pepys ward by-election in Lewisham is another example of the potential support there could be amongst working people and their families for a credible and viable socialist alternative to the Labour and Tory parties...

1 December 2000

spotHow socialists saw off Labour

SAMANTHA DIAS is now the Socialist Party's second councillor in Lewisham. This great achievement showed that where a serious socialist alternative is offered, voters will support it, writes Martin Powell-Davies.

1 December 2000

spotOur Bodies - their profits

MISS WORLD will be held in the millenium dome and hosted by Jerry Springer. Ticket prices start from no less than £100 going up to £400 for the night, writes Clare James.

1 December 2000

spotThe Difference between Life and Death

THE THEME of World Aids Day on 1 December is 'Men Make A Difference', which focuses on one aspect of the pandemic...

1 December 2000

spotIrish Teachers strike over pay

SIXTEEN THOUSAND secondary school teachers in Ireland took strike action on 14 November as part of their continuing campaign for a 30% pay rise, writes Stephen Boyd, Dublin.

1 December 2000

spotStop the Corporate Polluters

THE ROMAN emperor, Nero played his violin while the city of Rome burned. This example of political irresponsibility is nothing compared to the world's leaders last week at the failed conference on climate...

8 December 2000

spotEnd the Transport Chaos

The headline in the Independent 1 December: "Government seizes control of railways" wouldn't have been out of place in an April Fool's Day paper...

8 December 2000

spotBuild Unity to Stop Hackney Cuts

HACKNEY'S COMMUNITY Conference on Sunday 3 December was an excellent opportunity to develop the campaign against the council attacks on jobs and services, writes Chris Newby.

8 December 2000

spotFight Global Capitalism: For workers unity and world Socialism

Representatives of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - the Socialist International organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) recently met to discuss developments in the capitalist world economy, the political struggles of the working class, and the prospects for sociali...

8 December 2000

spotNice conference: Shame about the treaty

THE FRENCH Riviera is the venue for the European Union (EU) intergovernmental conference on 7/8 December. In Britain, the talks will provoke more media hysteria, and more voter indifference, writes Manny Thain.

8 December 2000

spotIsraeli Government: One Big disaster

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deepens and the death toll nears 300, Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak has called fresh elections for next year...

8 December 2000

spotHealth Crisis Deepens

NEW LABOUR claims to have spent billions on solving the crisis in the NHS. In particular, it says it's spent £150 million to deal with coming winter pressures. But still there's talk of yet another...

15 December 2000

spotShut Down Hackney on 20 December

IN A magnificent show of solidarity, Hackney council workers have voted, overwhelmingly, to take strike action, writes Chris Newby.

15 December 2000

spotMarching Against Europe's well healed leaders in Nice

"OPENING UNDER pressure" said the Nice-Matin newspaper on the eve of the EU summit, following the massive demonstration on 6 December, writes Dave Griffiths reports from Nice.

15 December 2000

spotSquabbling in the bunker

AS THE last wisps of tear gas drifted away, European Union (EU) leaders emerged from their bunker, the Acropolis conference centre in Nice, writes Manny Thain reports from Nice.

15 December 2000

spotVauxhall threatened by profits crisis

AS WE go to press, the multinational General Motors has announced the closure of the Vauxhall plant in Luton. This is a massive blow to the thousands of workers and their families in the area, writes Bill Mullins.

15 December 2000

spotLock up Blair's curfew plans!

THE HEADLINES on last week's Queen's Speech were all about New Labour's plans to extend youth curfews to teenagers up to the age of 16...

15 December 2000

spotRight routed in civil service election

MARK SERWOTKA, a Left Unity member standing on an independent socialist ticket, has been elected general secretary of civil service union PCS, writes Kevin Kelly, PCS Land Registry, personal capacity.

15 December 2000

spotElected to fight for members' interests

IT WAS clear that once Reamsbottom had been told that Left Unity were not putting up a candidate he faced the possibility of being beaten by Lanning in a straight fight, writes Bill Mullins.

15 December 2000

spotEnd Low Pay

NHS Exploitation: Student Nurses earning £2.60 an hour are victims of low pay. With 80,000 nurses set to retire in the next five years, the Royal College of Nursing accuses the government of deceiving the public with misleading...

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