The first thing that made the teachers angry was the ’decentralisation’
of education. This is a government project that aims to transfer
education financing, management and recruitment from the state to the
regions. But there are big inequalities between the different regions,
some are rich, some are poor,...
COMING ON top of the controversy surrounding weapons of mass destruction
(WMDs), the death of scientist Dr David Kelly has brought about the most
serious crisis that New Labour has faced since coming to power in 1997.
One of the most vicious recent attacks was on the home of a Muslim
family in Craigavon. A gang of up to ten men armed with baseball bats
threatened to burn the family out; they have since left the area.
WITH THE Assembly in long term suspension, the main political parties
are once again enjoying the luxury of permanent opposition. They have
suddenly found their voice again and are able to lay the blame on
Westminster for cutbacks, privatisation and other unpopular policies.
An important case in defending women´s right to abortion was won on 10
July at the end of a lower court trial. SLP member Claudia Sorger (the
Socialist Left Party is the CWI´s affiliate in Austria) had been taken
to court by the radical anti-abortionists Human Life International
because she had criticised...
THE REPERCUSSIONS of the RMT’s potentially historic decision were
downplayed by New Labour spin doctors. But last week’s events show
clearly how far the disenchantment and anger of ordinary workers towards
New Labour have stretched the unions’ tolerance closer to breaking point.
THE FOREIGN Affairs Select Committee spent four weeks investigating the
reasons Blair gave for taking Britain into a war against Iraq. The title
of their proceedings - ’The decision to go to war against Iraq’ was
hardly dealt with.
ON JUNE 12 the two central leaders of the French trade union movement
came down to Marseille to address a mass rally at the end of a
260,000-strong demonstration. Bernard Thibault, leader of the
Confederation General des Travailleurs (CGT), and Marc Blondel, leader
of Force Ouvrière (FO), left Paris to pay tribute...
Amid an increasing crisis the rulers of EU countries are attempting to
agree on a constitution. The proposal of this so called convention was
presented on Friday 14 June. Its aim is further integration of economic
policy, foreign affairs and military cooperation.