The Socialist

The Socialist 23 August 2003



Hutton Inquiry: A can of worms for Blair

Spin, or the art of lying

Occupying forces face hostility

Dr Strangebush builds Nukes

BNP cash in on disillusionment with Labour

Postal Workers say: Time for action

Brazil: "Lula has betrayed us"

General strike in Chile

Kick big business out of football

Discussing a new Left party in Wales


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The Socialist 23 August 2003, Guilty!


Of lying about weapons of mass destruction: WHILE BLAIR sunbathed in Barbados, one-third of people couldn't even afford to take a holiday. Those that do manage to get a break come back facing rising debts, worsening conditions at work, deteriorating...

spotHutton Inquiry: A can of worms for Blair

WHILST THE revelations flow thick and fast in the Hutton Inquiry, the central exercise for Blair and his cronies is how to deflect and avoid blame...

spotSpin, or the art of lying

BUSH, BLAIR AND the Australian premier John Howard are all facing inquiries into their alarming claims that Saddam possessed so-called weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) - chemical, biological and nuclear weapons - which posed an imminent threat to Iraq's neighbours and even to the US and Britain...

spotOccupying forces face hostility

THE BRITISH military in Basra, Iraq's second biggest city, is under attack. This is not from 'rogue elements' of the former Ba'athist regime but local residents incensed at the lack of mains electricity...

spotDr Strangebush builds Nukes

HOW DO you make the world a safer place to live in? You build more nuclear bombs! So say top US defence officials and military scientists meeting recently in Nebraska to discuss building a new generation...

spotBNP cash in on disillusionment with Labour

THE VICTORY for the BNP in Heckmondwike, a small working class town on the outskirts of Dewsbury and Batley in West Yorkshire, has come as both a shock and a wake-up call for the labour and trade union movement in Kirklees, writes By Mike Forster, Huddersfield.

spotPostal Workers say: Time for action

POSTAL WORKERS will shortly be balloted on taking industrial action over an 18-month pay deal of 4.5%, writes Gary Clark, Minority Grade secretary, Scotland No 2 Branch, Communication Workers' Union (CWU), personal capacity.

spotBrazil: "Lula has betrayed us"

AS A union demonstration of 80,000 government workers marched to the Congress building in Brasilia on 6 August, "Lula has betrayed us" blared out of the truck mounted PA system, writes Dave Carr.

spotGeneral strike in Chile

THE FIRST general strike in Chile for 17 years took place on 13 August. Called by the Central Workers' Union (CUT), the main trade union federation, the strike was for better benefits and working conditions...

spotKick big business out of football

THE BEGINNING of the football season has been dominated by the news of the takeover of Chelsea football club by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich...

spotDiscussing a new Left party in Wales

About 80 trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists from all over Wales attended a "Summer gathering" in Wrexham on 9 August, to discuss the possible formation of a new party of the left...