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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 October 2007
LORD GOLDSMITH, Blair's former attorney-general, has a new job at a US law firm on a salary of about £1 million a year. The government's former chief legal adviser 'advised' Blair that Britain should join Bush's imperialist war in Iraq in 2003.
Other ex-Blair cabinet members to be doing well from 'advice' include former health secretary Alan Milburn. He gets £25,000 a year as an adviser to Pepsi-Cola and £30,000 a year for his role on Lloyds pharmacy's health advisory panel and £35,000 as an adviser to the European board of Bridgepoint Capital Ltd, a finance company with an interest in health care.
Corporate Labour 2
WHO WAS in charge at New Labour's recent party conference? The big corporations dominated the fringe meetings. Coca-Cola sponsored and spoke at a meeting on "corporate social responsibility." What is it about New Labour? All bubbles but no substance.
Health minister Dawn Primarola was speaking on the obesity crisis in a meeting organised by Nestlé, the chocolate and food multinational that has vending machines in schools for its fattening produce!
Boots sponsored a Fabian meeting aimed at getting high street chemists (like Boots) to deliver NHS services. Private health firm BUPA paid for another Fabian meeting where health minister Lord Darzi spoke on: "Beyond hospitals, transforming the NHS." Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck, Sharp and Dohme were amongst sponsors/ speakers at a meeting addressed by Lord Warner, former health minister.
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In The Socialist 4 October 2007:
Support postal workers: decisive action can win
"We've had the battle - now this is war!"
Protests make bosses ditch closure plan
War and terrorism
Iraq: end the occupation nightmare
Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration
Editorial and comment
Tory party fears an autumn election
Banking turmoil continues
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Come to the NHS demo!
Socialist Party news and analysis
Classroom assistants on strike
Supermarket price-fixing scandal
Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign
Socialist Party features
EU's anti-working class 'reforms'
Fighting nuclear power
Students want to fight back
Socialist Party feature
Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter
Socialist Party events
Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future
International socialist news and analysis
Burma: Dictatorship under threat
Socialist Party reviews and comment
QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!
It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach
Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery
Socialist Party workplace news
Local government pay offer: It's time for action
Remploy workers win partial victory
Care workers on strike
National Shop Stewards Network makes plans
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