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).
Camera crews, reporters and members of the International Socialists
(CWI) along with other Scottish Socialist Party members waited outside
the Blackness Fire Station in Dundee for the 6 o’clock start to the
first national fire strike in 25 years.
New figures published last month by the Pesticides Residue Committee
(PRC) for the British government have raised serious concerns over the
safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, both imported and UK grown
produce. The government discovered levels of controlled pesticides in
foods that exceed legal and safety limits.
THIS WEEKEND’S Golden Jubilee celebrations survived a crisis -
Buckingham Palace started burning down. After the public were evacuated
and firefighters efficiently got the blaze under control, TV
commentators asked the question on everyone’s lips: "Has anything
expensive got scorched?"
“SO MUCH has been transferred to the national level, and so much of the
financial control is retained there, that being asked to vote in a local
election is like being asked to select which crumbs you would prefer
from the rich man’s table,” commented the Guardian’s Hugo Young on