In this issue:
The Socialist 26 June 2003, Make The Fat Cats Pay
Make The Fat Cats Pay
CABINET MINISTER Peter Hain's very modest proposal - to increase the tax rate paid by the rich - caused a political storm...
Scrap All Tuition Fees
ANOTHER FORM of tax - tuition fees - was debated in Parliament this week. Over 100 New Labour MPs either abstained or voted for a motion to abandon proposals for top-up fees...
WHEN MY daughter took her Key Stage One tests, SATs, she cried because the teacher could not help her, writes Nicky Downes, Coventry, year 6 teacher and parent of a six-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.
Health Workers Strike At Sick Wages
IN RECENT weeks, low-paid hospital workers at Whipps Cross hospital, east London, at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Lancashire and at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals trust, have been striking for NHS pay and conditions for staff employed by privatised companies...
Marching Against Global Capitalism
AROUND 100,000 people demonstrated in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 21 June to show their opposition to the European Union summit, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Thessaloniki.
Support Colombian Trade Unionists - Boycott Coca-Cola
International Socialist Resistance (ISR) is campaigning in support of the international boycott of Coca-Cola products, writes Clare James, ISR national coordinator.
Sexual Health Crisis
ACCORDING TO a report by the Commons Health Committee, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) amongst young people are rife, creating a major health crisis, writes Sarah Mayo.
RMT conference: Not A Penny More To Labour
THE FORTHCOMING annual general meeting (AGM) of the rail union RMT has the opportunity to make a clear call for a new party that will give working-class people a political voice, a conference delegate writes.
Transport union meets as Morris bows out
THE TRANSPORT and General Workers' Union (TGWU) Biennial Delegate Conference (BDC) 2003 will be marked by the election of Tony Woodley as general secretary, writes Teresa MacKay, chair of the national committee of the RAAW Trade Group.
Unison conference - Labour link debate
PUBLIC SECTOR union UNISON, with 1.3 million members, is the biggest trade union in Britain. One of the most important sessions at this year's UNISON conference was the debate on the union's link with...
Middle East: Sharon's Deadly Assassination Squads
ARIEL SHARON appears to be biting the hand that feeds him. The assassination of another leading Hamas activist by an Israeli hit squad has further undermined George Bush's efforts to put a lid on the...
Exclusive - Gary Mills and Tony Poole Jailed for 14 years by a corrupt system
GARY MILLS and Tony Poole were released recently from prison after campaigning for 14 years to force the justice system to admit what is blatantly obvious, they were wrongly convicted of the murder of Hensley Wiltshire, a black man who died in Gloucester police custody...
George Orwell: Facing Up To The Contradictions
THIS MONTH'S centenary of the birth of novelist and political commentator George Orwell (1903-50) has been widely commemorated in the press and media...
Books that inspired me
KEITH ELLIS looks at Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell.
Marseille marches to a militant beat
MARSEILLE WAS at the height of the recent strike wave in France. Its militant traditions were reflected in the numbers on the streets, writes Manny Thain, participant in the recent mass workers' actions in France.