Editorials

Daily editorials from the newspaper

Labour’s plan to demolish the public sector

LABOUR’S Minister for Communities and Local Government, David Milliband, yesterday addressed the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Conference called ‘Empowerment not abandonment’. He...

Treat the Council Tax as you did the Poll Tax!

THE Council Tax is set to rise by four per cent on average this year, more than double the government’s current rate of inflation...
Alex pereira, cousin of Jean de Menezes, speaking at the News Line Anniversary rally last November

The British government is the real criminal

DEFENCE Secretary John Reid yesterday appealed to people to be very slow to condemn British troops for the atrocities being committed in...

Renationalise gas and electricity to deal with massive price rises

YESTERDAY British Gas raised its gas and electricity prices by a massive 22 per cent, on top of a 14 per cent mark-up imposed...
A delegation of Gate Gourmet locked-out workers are welcomed at the Hounslow UNISON AGM

The continuing collapse of leadership in the FBU

THE leadership of the FBU ignominiously collapsed at yesterday’s FBU recall conference, held to decide on industrial action to defend the final salary pensions...

Labour is driving youth out of universities!

THE education policies imposed by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government are depriving many young people of the opportunity of going into Higher Education and...

Unions fight EU’s privatisation & cheap-labour Directive

THOUSANDS of workers marched to the European Parliament in opposition to the infamous Bolkestein Directive, to lobby a four-day debate of MEPs, in Strasbourg...
Kentish Town FBU chairman Ben Sprung (centre) was among the many trade unionists who joined the Gate Gourmet  locked-out workers six months anniversary picket last Friday

Overthrow British capitalism to end imperialist atrocities

THE brutalising, maiming, beating and even killing of the ‘subject peoples’ by imperialist troops is part and parcel of the imperialist system and tradition,...
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers on the picket line yesterday

Heathrow class struggle sharpens as Terminal 5 looms

THE closer we get to the new Terminal Five, the more intense the class struggle becomes between the bosses of the BAA (British Airports...
A section of yesterday’s lobby of parliament against the ID Card Bill

It’s much later than Brown or Blair think

THE working class electors in the safe Labour seat of Dunfermline and Fyfe ignored the crisis at the top of the Liberal Democrats, so...
UAW car workers fighting to defend their jobs and pensions lobbying the Detroit motor show

A Record £65.5 Billion Trade Deficit For 2005

THE UK trade deficit with the rest of the world for 2005 was a catastrophic £65.5 billion. The deficit on goods and services...
Gate Gourmet locked-out workers campaigning for support for their six month battle for reinstatement

Scottish Power – huge profits and huge price rises

SCOTTISH Power has just reported a 95 per cent leap in its profits. It also warned its 5.2 million customers to prepare for a...
UAW Delphi Protesters assemble outside the Detroit Motor show

Blair’s plans remain a ‘Trojan Horse’ for an education market

A political storm of the highest order has broken out in Greece over mass phone-tapping. This follows revelations, at a special press-conference last Thursday in...
Palestinians on a demonstration in Athens against the war on Iraq

To deal with MRSA – end NHS privatisation!

MRSA is now linked to nearly 1,000 deaths each year in NHS hospitals. There is no doubt that it is a product of the...
Demonstration in London on January 26 demanding the release of Omar Deghayes and all other detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp

Workers Of The World Unite Against Imperialism

THE sight of Danish embassies burning in Beirut and Damascus leaves no doubt as to the depth of anger of Muslim people at the...

Afghan nightmare for British troops

COLONEL Gordon Messenger, in charge of the future deployment of British troops in the Helmand region of Afghanistan, was putting a brave face on...
Gate Gourmet locke-out workers lobbying the TGWU Executive last Thursday morning demanding the union pay hardship pay to locked out workers who refuse to sign the Compromise Agreement

No hardship payments says Woodley

TGWU leader Tony Woodley confirmed yesterday that the hardship payments to the locked out Gate Gourmet workers have been stopped. He informed a delegation of...

Blair Gang In Disarray After Pm Fails To Vote

YESTERDAY Prime Minister Blair was insisting that he can push through his right wing capitalist ‘reform programme’ despite suffering a double defeat at the...

Russian & Chinese Stalinists support US threats against Iran

THE Chinese and Russian representatives at a meeting of the five permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council and Germany on...
Over 400 attended the vigil outside Parliament following the death of the 100th British soldier

Kelly forges ahead with schools’ privatisation

AMID media speculation that Blair’s government is willing to compromise on plans for independent ‘trust schools’, contained in next month’s Education Bill, the reality...

Blair plans to close NHS hospitals!

TODAY the Labour Government will publish its Health White Paper. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt gave a preview of its aims over the weekend, that...
Gate Gourmet locked-out worker PARMJIT bains addressing the conference

Huge $8.6bn loss at General Motors

GENERAL Motors (GM) bosses admitted on Thursday that their losses for 2005 were $8.6bn, their largest since 1992 when the board of directors was...

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,...