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The Socialist 21 October 2008

‘Why not save our jobs?’


'Why not save our jobs?'

Socialist measures to fight capitalist crisis


Rally For Socialism 2008

Socialism 2008 details pdf

Socialism 2008 - book here

Socialism 2008 website


Keynesianism now trumpeted


Liverpool: Mass protest wins back the right to campaign!

Demonstrators stop fascist march

42-day detention dropped - for now


PCS members vote to strike

Fight for jobs at JCB

Striking against academies

Protest at disciplinary action against teachers

Fast News


Bangor students vote to fight fees

Fighting for youth in Lewisham

Campaign to Defeat Fees day of action

Kirklees: The battle to save our schools heats up


NHS props up the private profiteers

We can't afford private rail. Nationalise the railways now!


Iceland: A victim of the casino economy

Aer Lingus threatens to axe 1,500 posts


Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Black Power Salute (BBC 4)

 
 

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Democratic rights

42-day detention dropped - for now

THE GOVERNMENT'S proposal to increase how long police can hold you without charge, from 28 days to 42 days, was dropped from its counter-terrorism bill last week.

Ben Robinson

This would have given the police and the government additional powers to detain people without justification or reason. It meant a further attack on civil liberties and could have been used against trade unionists in conflict with New Labour's big business friends, socialists and activists in the anti-war movement and others involved in campaigning against this unpopular government.

The Lords reflected the opposition to extending detention by passing an amendment by 309 to 118 votes. The government was subsequently forced to drop the proposal, together with other aspects.

But this bill still contains a number of draconian measures. According to The Observer (19/10/08): "Still intact are the measures for post-charge questioning, which may add to the presumption of guilt; the confiscation of property without trial; extra punishment without trial beyond the original sentence... and a new offence of providing information about the armed forces."

This bill is likely to pass into law without controversy now that the '42 days' measure has been dropped. And home secretary Jacqui Smith has said that we haven't seen the end of New Labour's moves to increase detention without trial.

A draft bill will be prepared so that when there is a perceived increase in the threat of terrorism, this can be pushed through parliament.

Big brother

In a further Orwellian move, Jacqui Smith has also announced plans to create a huge database holding information of every phone call, email and internet visit made in the UK.

The database plan is part of the Data Communications Bill contrived under the pretext of combating terrorism.

The government says details stored would include phone numbers dialled and addresses to which emails are sent but, as if to reassure any sceptics, not details of phone conversations or the contents of emails. No doubt all this data will be found on a government laptop, left on a train!


In this issue


Ford workers strike

'Why not save our jobs?'

Socialist measures to fight capitalist crisis


Socialism 2008

Rally For Socialism 2008

Socialism 2008 details pdf

Socialism 2008 - book here

Socialism 2008 website


Socialist Party editorial

Keynesianism now trumpeted


Socialist Party campaigns

Liverpool: Mass protest wins back the right to campaign!

Demonstrators stop fascist march

42-day detention dropped - for now


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS members vote to strike

Fight for jobs at JCB

Striking against academies

Protest at disciplinary action against teachers

Fast News


Socialist Students

Bangor students vote to fight fees

Fighting for youth in Lewisham

Campaign to Defeat Fees day of action

Kirklees: The battle to save our schools heats up


Comment

NHS props up the private profiteers

We can't afford private rail. Nationalise the railways now!


International socialist news and analysis

Iceland: A victim of the casino economy

Aer Lingus threatens to axe 1,500 posts


Socialist Party review

Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Black Power Salute (BBC 4)


 

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