AS TONY Blair jetted his way through the Gulf area, meeting Kuwaiti
sheikhs, lecturing to British squaddies and kissing Iraqi children in
one big photo-opportunity, evidence was growing that he and US president
Bush lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
CLARE SHORT left Blair’s cabinet with a bang. Her resignation speech
contained a withering attack on the "control freakery" of the Blairite
"clique" at the top of the party and Blair’s "presidential" rule by
"diktat". Her attacks will have found an echo amongst many people,...
TONY BLAIR tries to justify New Labour’s plans for foundation hospitals
by harking back to the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS)
in 1948, when working class people finally won access to health care,
free at the point of use.
TONY BLAIR hoped his Iraq ’victory’ would help New Labour in the 1 May
elections. But rather than a ’Baghdad bounce’, it was more like a
’Baghdad trounce’. New Labour lost votes nationwide due to anger on the
war. In particular, they lost several councils in areas with large
FIFTEENTH OF FEBRUARY marks an historic day of anti-war protest
worldwide. Never before have we seen a mass anti-war movement of this
character before a war even starts. It is even bigger than the movement
against the Vietnam War in its early stages.
MATTHEW RICHARDSON from Lincoln reports how, led by a fire tender and
carrying a coffin to symbolise the demise of the fire service, 200
firefighters and supporters marched through the centre of Lincoln.
"This movement today, not Tony Blair, is speaking for the British
people," declared Aslef member Andrew Murray, opening the Stop the War
national conference. 800 activists came from local coalitions, political
parties, trade unions and peace groups, along with some new young people
getting active for the first...
"THE GOVERNMENT has completely lost control of the agenda. This is no
longer just a dispute between the FBU and the government: it has
descended into a fight between the government and the whole union
movement" (Observer 24 November).