On the weekend of the undemocratic elections in Iraq that are meant to legalise the occupation of the country, International Socialist Resistance (ISR) and Socialist Students organised a protest in London outside the headquarters of Aegis Defence Services Ltd.

"Super-rich have doubled their money under Labour" was the headline in The Guardian on 8 December, as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released a report graphically illustrating the widening gaps in wealth, assets and life expectancy.

"Capitalism is the only system that works," pronounced Polly Toynbee, The Guardian columnist, as 2004 drew to a close.

Millions of public-sector workers are faced with huge cuts to their pensions - some from as early as April 2005.

After a 1,200-strong demonstration through central London, a packed rally heard PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka report on how successful the day’s strike action had been. He outlined the next stages of the campaign.

TONY BLAIR may claim he is not the ’wobbling’ kind. But the long shadow of the Iraq occupation, the hostage crisis and Labour’s majority being reduced to less than 30 seats at a general election were likely to leave Blair, his ministers and Labour MPs wriggling uncomfortably in their Labour conference...

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