The Socialist

The Socialist 12 May 2005

NHS - Stop the profit vultures

NHS - Stop the profit vultures

Defend public services

Everyone has a right to education

Join the G8 protest

1945 - Victory in Europe: When 'liberation' meant socialism

Blair battered but what's the alternative?

Rebuilding SSP support under a third Labour term

Discontent with the 'Blair project'

Polarisation widens in Northern Ireland

Coventry - the best campaign ever

Building a base in Lewisham

Big vote for socialism in Bolsover

Left victory in firefighters' union

Workers demand justice on pensions

Amicus conference: Size isn't everything

UNISON health conference: Fight low pay and privatisation, defend pensions


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In this issue:

The Socialist 12 May 2005, NHS - Stop the profit vultures

spotNHS - Stop the profit vultures

DURING THE election, Blair and other New Labour politicians said they were pumping money into the NHS to save vital services...

spotDefend public services

New Labour wastes billions on consultants: A SHOCKING report has just been published which reveals that the government spent nearly 2 billion on management consultants last year...

spotEveryone has a right to education

Being a student and a parent: COMING TO university for the first time can be daunting as it often means uprooting yourself from your home, friends and family for extended periods...

spotJoin the G8 protest

EVERY FIVE seconds a child dies from hunger and disease, yet global food aid has actually fallen by 50% over the last five years...

spot1945 - Victory in Europe: When 'liberation' meant socialism

COMMEMORATIONS MARKING the 60th anniversary 'victory in Europe' (VE) day have concentrated on the sacrifices made by the service men and women in liberating Europe from the clutches of fascism...

spotBlair battered but what's the alternative?

"UNBURIED CORPSE" "Dead Man walking" - the champagne glasses had hardly been washed at Labour Party HQ and the knives were out for Tony Blair...

spotRebuilding SSP support under a third Labour term

Scotland - general election 2005: IN SCOTLAND, the opposition to New Labour policies was underlined by a 4.5% fall in their vote to 39.5% compared to the election of 2001...

spotDiscontent with the 'Blair project'

THE POLITICAL map of Wales remains overwhelmingly Labour, despite the fact that it lost five seats and saw its share of the vote drop by almost 6%...

spotPolarisation widens in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN IRELAND'S general election results confirmed what the Socialist Party expected - that two main sectarian blocks would dominate...

spotCoventry - the best campaign ever

SOME PEOPLE called this the 'no choice' election but it's more like the 'little change' election - at least on the surface...

spotBuilding a base in Lewisham

'I ALWAYS vote for Ian Page and the socialists in local elections but, because you can't win this time, I'm going to vote for one of the main parties', was a constant response met by Socialist Party canvassers in the...

spotBig vote for socialism in Bolsover

SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE candidate Jon Dale received nearly 26% of the vote standing in the Bolsover SW and Scarcliffe division of Derbyshire county council...

spotLeft victory in firefighters' union

THE DECISIVE victory of Matt Wrack in the ballot for the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) represents a big step forward for the union and the trade union movement in general...

spotWorkers demand justice on pensions

"NEW LABOUR elected on Thursday, workers on the march on Saturday"...

spotAmicus conference: Size isn't everything

ONE OF the most important issues to be discussed at the forthcoming Amicus conference is the recent proposal for a merger between the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), Amicus and the GMB...

spotUNISON health conference: Fight low pay and privatisation, defend pensions

IN THE final two days of UNISON health conference, the implementation of the Agenda for Change (AfC) agreement was discussed...