In this issue:
The Socialist 5 July 2003, 307
Bosses Get £Millions: Workers Get Sacked
TWO GROUPS of vitally important workers could face huge job cuts, just as the crisis in Britain's capitalist economy gets worse, writes Roger Shrives.
Kick Low Pay Out Of The NHS
PORTERS AND domestics at Royal Bolton Hospital are striking against poverty pay employers ISS Mediclean, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester Socialist Party.
Words Of Mass Distraction
A LOT is at stake for Blair's government. MPs are trying to get it to admit that the dossiers it produced on "weapons of mass destruction" to justify war on Iraq were lies, exaggerations and anything...
Fuel price rises provoke general strike in Nigeria
NIGERIA CAME to a halt on 30 June as millions supported the general strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in protest at a massive 54% fuel price rise...
LGBT rights: 'Family values' fears produce confused equality measures
CAMPAIGNERS HOPED that same-sex partners would get similar legal rights to married couples as the government published its white paper on civil partnerships this week, writes Manny Thain.
Socialism 2003: Enjoyable And Inspiring
Socialism 2003 took place over the weekend of the 28 and 29 June. Below are reports from the main rallies and interviews with participants. We welcome any further comments that you might have, writes Hannah Sell.
"There's A Woman Out There Asking Questions!"
A FEW weeks ago an article in the socialist recalled the discovery of the structure of DNA. Francis Crick and James Watson took all the credit, not even acknowledging the ground-breaking work undertaken...
Rail Union's Historic Rule Change
DELEGATES TO the rail union RMT conference in Glasgow, backed a potentially historic rule change that opens the way for the union to affiliate to the Scottish Socialist Party and possibly even to back the Socialist Party and other independent and Left candidates in England and Wales, writes Ken Smith, at RMT conference.
Glad to be groovy at TGWU conference
BILL MORRIS' final speech at the TGWU conference, as outgoing general secretary, was notable for an outrageous attack on socialists, writes Kevin Parslow, at TGWU conference.
Building A Mass Alternative To New Labour
FOR THE first time since September 2000 - the time of the fuel protests - the Tories have inched ahead of New Labour in a national opinion poll...
Israel/Palestine: What's Behind The 'Ceasefire'?
PALESTINIAN MILITIAS have declared a three month suspension in armed attacks against Israel and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has withdrawn from parts of the Gaza strip...
SATs conference: End These Nightmare Tests
WE'VE HAD "tears in the morning" said Socialist Party member Suzanne Muna, speaking from the platform at the 'Stop the SATs' conference in London...
Iraq: Who's Winning The War Of Occupation?
THE PEOPLE of Basra will "look back and remember what you did and recognise that as the start of their future and a life of hope and the possibility of prosperity," said Tony Blair to British troops on a visit to the city on 29 May...
Northern Ireland; Has The Peace Process Permanently Stalled?
THE PEACE process remains in deep crisis. Despite desperate efforts by the British and Irish governments, it has not proved possible to re-establish the Executive, and Assembly elections have been postponed...