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.

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