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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 March 2012
Those fracking Tories
There have been protest meetings across West Sussex against the danger of Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking"). The practice has been banned in France and Bulgaria after mass protests.
The water companies are already talking about hosepipe bans across the south-east. The public are being lectured about saving water. So it would take a madman to deliberately pollute thousands of gallons of the stuff.
The fracking process involves taking thousands of gallons of water out of the water supply and mixing it with various things you'd rather not find in your glass.
They include benzene which is pleasantly carcinogenic with a dash of toluene, a central nervous system depressant. The delightful cocktail is rounded off with xylene which is regarded as a neurotoxin.
Sussex Conservative MP Francis Maude (the pensioners' friend!) is very relaxed about fracking although he's selling off one of his many homes in Sussex. He is equally relaxed about appointing his chum Lord Browne, a director of Cuadrilla, the fracking firm involved, as 'lead non-executive' to the Cabinet Office.
No wonder people round here feel the Tories can frack off.
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In The Socialist 15 March 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Resist Cameron's cold cruelty
Fight the cuts - for a workers' alternative
Fight back against attacks on pensions
Those fracking Tories
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Construction workers fight on
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Widespread fraud alleged as Putin wins presidential poll
Kazakhstan: Oilworkers' lawyer freed from prison
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
National demo needed to save our NHS
Liberals' 'democratic' conference
Fighting Con-Dem attacks on education
14 March - Socialist Students get a response
Housing crisis in London
Library cash goes to supermarket bosses
Coventry: Fight for a socialist alternative
May Day greetings
Socialist Party congress
Socialist Party Congress 10-12 March 2012
World developments show - capitalism is crisis
Trade unions and workplaces
Britain: working class begins to 'rise like lions'
Building the Socialist Party: 'year of the branch'
Young, socialist and proud to be!
Reviews & readers' comments
'Westenders' - omnibus edition
The best of 'literary fiction'
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