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Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

No-one is fooled by feeble Labour

The extent to which Labour's so-called opposition is coming under increasing criticism was highlighted again this week, with the Guardian's editorial pointing out how the party wastes too much time trying to show the government how to "do the wrong policy better" and too little explaining why "it's wrong in…
While the media goes into a frenzy of bootlicking over another addition to the royal rabbit warren, we ought to remember those not-so fortunate mothers in the Iraq city of Najaf whose babies are born deformed or dead.
Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Tour feature was myopic

The normally astute Mark Perryman (M Star July 23) has clearly been viewing the Tour de France through rose-tinted lenses.
Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Future king needs to mix

When Charles Windsor was born in 1948, the then socialist Daily Mirror incurred the wrath of Winston Churchill by claiming that it would do the young royal good to mix with children from a working-class background.
Following on from Richard Maunders's letter (M Star July 19), I agree that building unity is essential but would also call on local People's Assemblies to ensure that they reach out and include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities and groups in their localities too.
Once again the Morning Star editorial's blindly pro-British union line leads to a confused offering (M Star July 23) with its patronising line that pro-independence socialists are making an "emotional" choice.
Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Councils should do low-rate mortgages

With the government's Funding for Lending and Help to Buy schemes clearly fuelling another housing bubble, and the emergency situation demanding more council houses be built (M Star July 23), a different appproach is required - certainly from Labour.
Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

No room for justice with capitalism

The SNP are very keen to push the idea of a "socially just" Scotland. Many will remember visions and dreams of a socially just European Community.
Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Look on the bright side

One practical result of the royal baby will presumably be a further delay to finalising the new national history curriculum as Michael Gove inserts a new section on the history and importance of royal births.
Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Great, another blood-sucker

Oh what joy I feel. Another bloody parasite born into taxpayer-subsidised wealth.
Oddly enough, it was the photograph that accompanied Ramzy Baroud's article (M Star July 18) that finally convinced me President Obama was not the force for good I had, perhaps naively, hoped for.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Britain will need renaming if Salmond wins

Should everyone ignore the sound advice in yesterday's editorial on Scotland's future (M Star July 22), has anyone thought what the new country minus Scotland might be called?
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Time for a new approach

Luke James (M Star July 17) highlights the need for a fresh approach in dealing with the scourge of unemployment.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Unions must push back against Tories

We should not be surprised at David Cameron's latest outburst against trade unions.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

Deciding on the name

We had the briefest of debates in our house the other day on possible names for the latest Royal arrival.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

One Labour link worth breaking

While the mainstream newspaper talk has been of Ed Miliband's wish to bite into the link between the Labour Party and the trade unions - and of Tony Blair's declaration that he wished he had in his time cut the link with the unions altogether - there is a simple…
More intelligent comrades than me will undoubtedly consider the current predicament of the Labour Party with better analyses than I have to offer.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 00:00

US firms have long supported fascism

It is no surprise that US mega bank JP Morgan should hark back to the time when fascist dictators ruled in Europe (M Star July 19).
I'd like to thank Anne Lee (M Star July 16) for filling in details about the Galileo satellite and the meaning of Wank (Worms Against Nuclear Killers), as the probe was not the subject and Wank was simply a threat, never carried out.
Your TV correspondent raised a valid point in saying that US animation series Family Guy can be borderline racist and sexist in its humour (M Star July 20).
Is this the time to be spending billions on a white elephant?
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Corn syrup point missed

I appreciated Steve McGiffen's piece on the impending EU-US trade agreement (M Star July 18).
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Threats against Syria break UN Charter

Matthew Evans (M Star June 24) challenged my presentation of international law on the use of force, accusing me of quoting "selectively" from the UN Charter.
Professor Javier Corrales, a US academic based in Massachusetts, apparently considers himself an expert on the Cuban economy and is recognised as such by the Guardian.
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

What did vets make of Marikana?

I read with interest the article by Bob Newland (M Star July 12) and apart from anything else, it reminded me that there doesn't seem to have been a meeting in Manchester about the London Recruits book.
Privatisation is like a recurring nightmare.
While I can empathise with Bob Crow's call for the creation of a new left party, I don't think this is viable at the present.
Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

US not keen on Trident?

"There is little doubt that his message largely reflects the thinking of his former paymasters," noted your editorial about Bush's ambassador to the UN John Bolton, urging Britain to replace Trident (M Star July 15).
Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

Designed to divide

The Tories' latest announcement on welfare is designed to divide the working class by giving the impression that many out of work get more than they receive in low pay.
Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Don't forget the radical Chartists

Malcolm Chase's reminder of the fight of the Chartists to extend the democratic rights of the working class (M Star July 15) is to be welcomed.
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