Editorials

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Hamas election win – a victory for resistance

HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement) won a resounding victory in Wednesday’s general election securing 76 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), on the...

Tgwu Leaders Stop Gate Gourmet Workers Hardship Fund

YESTERDAY the News Line was informed by the London Region Office of the TGWU that the Gate Gourmet hardship fund was closed and that...
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers on the picket line at Heathrow yesterday in the freezing cold

Bring Down Blair Over Pensions

THE big pensions clash between the trade unions and the government is underway after nine unions representing 1.5 million council workers agreed to ballot...
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers determined at their mass picket on Sunday

The crisis is forcing the working class forward – Now build the WRP

Last week’s collapses on Wall Street and on the Japanese stock market emphasised to the whole world that the capitalist crisis is deepening. The...

Police Aim To Put The Nation Under Its Thumb

The Blair government is aiming to engineer a situation whereby the carrying of an identity card by every person is compulsory, and at the...
PATRICA DA SILVA ARMANI (speaking), ALEX PERIERA and VIVIEN MENEZES FIGUEIREDO (behind), cousins of Jean Charles de Menezes at the Stockwell Tube vigil six months after he was shot dead by police

All out for the News Line–Gate Gourmet sacked workers conference

THE sacked Gate Gourmet workers were locked out almost six months ago on August 10th-11th 2005 by a management and an owner that was...
Youth in London burning the US flag in October 2001 after the war on Afghanistan began

Trade Unions Must Stop Labour Destroyng NHS

THANKS to the Labour government’s health market the NHS is on the brink of a large number of hospital trust closures and thousands...

Afghan crisis – the Dutch won’t go so the Brits must take the strain!

YESTERDAY the Dutch parliament delayed its decision to send more than 1,000 Dutch troops to Afghanistan, as part of a NATO force, under British...
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers outside their  caravan at Heathrow yesterday

Pakistan PM forced to condemn US raid

THE Pakistani Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, yesterday spelt out that Pakistan cannot accept actions like the recent US cross-border air strike on a village...

Support Iran’s right to a nuclear programme

YESTERDAY in London, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany, met to discuss hauling Iran in front of the Security...

Benn Forecasts Coalition Government

LABOUR Party left winger Tony Benn yesterday raised that Tony Blair and David Cameron could serve in each other’s cabinets and the possibility of...

No Military Action Against Iran – At This Point Says Rice

BRITAIN’S Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has just revealed the policy of the British government on Iraq – or has he? He said that Iran...

Blair proclaims summary justice for the masses

ON TUESDAY Prime Minister Blair began his ‘genuine intellectual debate about the nature of liberty in a modern developed society such as our own.’ ...

Ukraine’s ‘Orange’ counter-revolution

UKRAINE’S President Viktor Yushchenko was engaged in desperate talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday in Kazakhstan trying to get a better deal for...

Blair’s ‘summary power’ for war on the working class

PRIME Minister Tony Blair launched the Labour government’s new ‘Respect Action Plan’ yesterday, declaring that he was setting out to overthrow basic democratic rights...

Bring Blair before a tribunal says General Rose

THE call by retired General, Sir Michael Rose, for the Prime Minister to be impeached by the Privy Council over the invasion of Iraq...

Khaddam Calls For Syrian Uprising

THE former Syrian Vice-President, Abdul Halim Khaddam, set himself up as a would-be Quisling for President Bush yesterday, after he called for a...

Blair’s not going anywhere – except over to the Tories

PRIME Minister Blair, speaking to one of his major supporters, Murdoch’s Sun newspaper yesterday, spelt out that he was not going into early retirement...

Strike action to defend sacked BA shop stewards

BRITISH Airways (BA) has sacked a second shop steward who had been charged with organising unofficial secondary strike action at Heathrow on August 11th-12th...

Blair And Cameron – Tweedleedum And Tweedledee!

YESTERDAY the new leader of the Tory Party, David Cameron publicly disowned the Tory Party manifesto, written for the last general election, just seven...

Blair Targets Disabled For Massive Cuts

LABOUR was yesterday mounting a new onslaught on the disabled. The target is the 2.7 million people currently on Incapacity Benefit. The aim is...

Russia tells Ukraine – pay the market rate

THE Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated yesterday that ‘Russia has begun implementing a scenario intended to destabilise the Ukrainian economy’, adding that this was ‘despite...
The Israeli Apartheid Wall at Abu Dis on the outskirts of Jerusalem – the Israelis have begun to build the ‘third phase’  of the wall to encircle Bethlehem and Hebron

January 1– police to get blanket arrest and covert op powers

POLICE are to have blanket arrest and covert operations powers of a type that will make tinpot dictatorships throughout the world green with envy,...

Pensions are now a revolutionary question

TUC leader, Brendan Barber, said yesterday in his gloom and doom-ridden New Year’s message that the Lord Adair Turner pensions report created ‘tough decisions’,...

Straw’s cover up for illegal MI6 actions in Greece exposed

Greek newspaper Proto Thema has named the MI6 chief at the British embassy in Athens, after he was accused of organising British and Greek...

Get British troops out of Iraq now!

PRIME Minister Tony Blair told troops in Basra on Thursday: ‘We want to draw down our forces. We don’t want to keep people here...

US Class Struggle Sharpens

THE TWU Local 100, the New York transit union, is on strike and has picked up the gauntlet flung down by Mayor Bloomberg, the...

‘Great democracies’ rule out free Palestinian elections

EVERY time Bush and Blair speak, they trumpet their championing of democracy against the corrupt dictatorships that they say exist everywhere outside their...

Pensions crisis will revolutionise millions

‘THERE is no obligation on the part of employers to provide pensions’, said the National Association of Pension Funds yesterday. This was its response to...

Morales pledges to rule for the oppressed

EVO MORALES is the first Indian to become the President of Bolivia ending decades of rule by a white ruling class elite which presided...
Locked-out Gate Gourmet workers are continuing their picket until they win

More cuts planned – despite Buncefield fire!

RESIDENTS whose lives were put at risk, and even the management of devastated businesses near the Buncefield oil storage depot in Hertfordshire have been...
Locked-out Gate Gourmet workers in high spirits welcomed Father Christmas at their mass picket yesterday

Public sector unions must take strike action over pensions

THE Fire Brigades Union said yesterday that it will consider industrial action over government plans to ‘reform’ its members’ pensions by dramatically extending the...
A lively delegation of Gate Gourmet locked-out workers outside the TGWU offices in Hillingdon yesterday morning

Heathrow Battlefield

TONY Woodley, the TGWU general secretary, commenting on the sacking of one of the leading members of the TGWU by BA yesterday, and the...

Blair Defies Labour Over Education Privatisation

LABOUR Prime Minister Blair has ruled out changes to his education reform (privatisation) plans despite a challenge by more than 50 Labour MPs,...

Government’s fake inflation rate falls as cost of living rises

THE Government’s UK inflation rate figure fell again, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for the third month in a row, down...

Trade unions must take action to defend the NHS

AS far as the NHS is concerned the vultures are now gathering for the kill. On Monday, News Line publicised a leaked e-mail ...
Teachers marching in Athens last month

Irish Trade Unions Put The Tuc To Shame

LAST Friday, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions called a 100,000 strong national demonstration in Dublin, with demonstrations in many other Irish cities and...

Crown won’t prosecute police killers

AT a briefing on their investigation into the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station on July 22, the Independent Police...
‘Down with the Compromise Agreement’ shouted locked-out Gate Gourmet workers on yesterday’s picket line in the freezing cold yesterday

NATO expands Afghan war – Britain to take the lead

NATO foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, have endorsed a plan to expand the alliance’s role in Afghanistan with Britain taking the lead. It will...
Polish migrant workers KAISA and MARTA with their translator WAL (left) and TGWU Regional organisor MICK CASHMAN at Wednesday’s briefing

US Forming New Military Alliance

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice arrived in the Ukraine yesterday, and immediately interfered in Russia’s internal affairs, condemning Russian legislation that will restrict...
Locked-out Gate Gourmet workers lobbying the TGWU executive committee on Tuesday morning demanding the ‘Compromise Agreement’ with the company be scrapped

Brown wants to form a Blairite government

CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown has confirmed to the BBC that he will run a Blairite administration if he becomes prime minister. He said that...

Britain Is Aiding US Torture Machine

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice refused to answer questions yesterday as to whether the United States government operates CIA secret prisons outside of...

Take Action To Win The Winter War

ON FRIDAY, the Health Secretary Hewitt announced that the NHS is heading for a £623 million deficit by the end of March. This deficit is...

Smash the Gate Gourmet ‘Gangster Capitalists’

THIS Sunday locked out Gate Gourmet workers will be marching through Southall determined to win their jobs back after a bosses’ coup last...

US Torture Flights – Questions Go Unanswered

LIBERTY has written letters to the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and to British police chiefs about the US’ ‘extraordinary rendition’ programme and the use...