In this issue:
The Socialist 25 May 2001, Keep The Private Vultures Out
Keep The Private Vultures Out
NHS... Education... Public Services... Tube... LABOUR'S GLOSSY new manifesto says they want to contract state-run services out to private-sector firms...
Break The Chains Of Poverty
No To Low Pay: LAST WEEK I met an 18-year-old girl who was on the same training course as me. Before she was 18 she worked in a sandwich bar opposite a Birmingham factory and was paid £2 an hour, writes Clare Wilkins, Birmingham.
Labour's union links crack at seams
The Socialist - What we think: LAST WEEK'S decision of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) to loosen its financial links to the Labour Party is major step forward...
Asylum - Labour and Tories up the stakes
THE SECOND week of the general election has seen the parties descend into further Americanisation of political campaigning...
Fat Cat at Wakefield Mayor's Ball
"AT LAST, I've got someone I can vote for!" exclaimed the traffic warden as he looked over to the Socialist Party stall being set up outside Wakefield Town Hall, writes Alistair Tice.
Socialist Alliance hits the airwaves
THE SOCIALIST Alliance election broadcasts went out on Tuesday 22 May and generated a huge response from people interested in socialism...
Students and Socialist councillors fight fees' threats
A LIVELY demonstration of around 40 people gathered on Wednesday 16 May to protest against Coventry university's punitive actions against students unable to pay their fees, writes Naomi Byron.
Green Party - A serious Left alternative?
THE PROSPECT of voting for one of the three main pro-capitalist parties in this election makes many working-class people cringe, writes Amrita Huggins.
Plaid Cymru - good old fashioned socialism?
IN ITS manifesto, Plaid Cymru/The Party of Wales (the Welsh nationalist party), aims to appeal to disenchanted Labour voters, a programme described by President Ieuan Wyn Jones as "good old fashioned socialism"...
SNP: Standing up for big business
THE SCOTTISH National Party's (SNP) election slogan is "Standing up for Scotland". A more appropriate slogan would be 'standing up for big business', writes Phillip Stott.
Law and order: Soft on a criminal system
THE THREE main parties of big business have all made law and order a central plank of their election programmes...
No to a bosses' Europe: Fight for workers' unity
ONE OF the media's big general election issues is whether Britain should join the European Monetary Union (EMU) during the next government, writes Judy Beishon.
Middle East - Edging closer to all-out war
FOR THE first time since the start of eight-month-long second Intifada, Israeli air-force F16 jets were used to bomb targets in the Palestinian Authority killing ten Palestinians in the process, writes Kevin Simpson.