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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Legalism not enough to control capitalism

Regulating lobbyists would no doubt end some abuses, but it wouldn't result in the "engaged, interactive, citizens' democracy" that Jon Trickett MP (M Star June 25) would like to see.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

A worthy cause but a broken link

Many thanks to Pauline Fraser (M Star June 26) for drawing our attention to the online petition to retain the memorial to the International Brigades in Madrid.
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Foreign Office needs closing

I endorse Felicity Arbuthnot's view on the illegality of British intervention in Syria, but there are also three practical reasons for opposition to it.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Land tax would end speculating

David Grove (M Star June 25) is right when he writes: "Common ownership of land is desirable not just so that the community can capture increased land values but because it is a necessary condition for fully effective and democratic town and country planning."
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Armed Forces Day an Establishment con

Armed Forces Day on Satuday was an opportunity to show our support for the brave lads and lassies who, because there aren't enough jobs to go round at home, sign up to fight illegal wars in far-off places.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

Hierarchy of privilege destroying HE

I have sympathy with Daniel Pitt (High fees are the elite's latest attempt to create educational apartheid, June 7) about elitism in higher education, but some of his facts need correction and conditioning.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

South West Water's creative maths

Here's the latest con from South West Water.
Recent editions of the Star have been outstanding (June 22-23 and 24).
The left has not expressed outrage over the latest snooping scandal (A good way to halt e-spying, M Star June 25) because we have known all about it since the 1970s. Snowden is not the first whistleblowing spook.
Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

We've a lot to learn from Latin America

The response to popular protest by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (M Star June 25) should give pause to all Star readers.
Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

Communists can oust right-wing Labour MPs

I welcome Liz Payne's letter (M Star June 29).
A new articleAt our National Pensioner's Convention Pensioner's Parliament in Blackpool on June 18, TUC general secretary Francis O'Grady gave an excellent speech. She was outstanding in support of all pensioners and their struggles.
Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

Councils pledged to the People's Charter

Trades councils held their annual conference at Congress House earlier this month.
Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

Skilled staff also hard-hit

Your article Zero-hours slavery exposed (M Star June 26) sounds better than the reality. At least slaves receive food and accommodation.
Saturday, 29 June 2013 00:00

The drones must die

Drones - unmanned remote-control aircraft - are indiscriminate killing machines. They have been responsible for murdering thousands of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza.
Matthew Evans (M Star June 25) takes issue with Will Podmore's interpretation of international law (M Star June 20) relating to Syria as defined by the UN charter on the use of force.
Those who devised and organised the People's Assembly on June 22 deserve praise for their efforts.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Do pundits have no backbone nowadays?

It was another great Cardiff World Singer of the Year last week with good decisions from the official jury - but some of the TV pundits lacked the courage of their convictions.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Lucas not to blame

I agree with Ian McIsaac (M Star June 25) that the treatment of the bin workers by Green-led Brighton and Hove council is something to oppose.
In October 2011, I was present at the unveiling of a fine memorial to the International Brigades in Madrid's University City.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Not all Labour MPs stood idly by on Iraq

Chris Gould (M Star June 20) is a bit unfair in tarring all Labour MPs with the same brush of not doing anything to support trade unionists and oppressed peoples under Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
Water, gas and electricity in public ownership was an unsung major success story.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Park Hill's problems political

It's good to see the regular architecture features in the Star. It's another example of our paper punching well above its weight through the wide range of topics covered.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

Good way to halt e-spying

I am surprised that the Morning Star, and the left in general, is not more outraged about the mass interception of emails, Facebook posts, telephone conversations, internet searches and Skype conversations by British and US intelligence agencies and corporations.
Jerry Jones (M Star June 22-23) suggests two first steps towards a fair tax system.
Will Podmore is unfortunately mistaken in his presentation of international law on the use of force.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

There's no point turning back on fight

Kevin Harrington asks (M Star June 24) that the Communist Party states whether or not it supports Labour.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

Casino capital wrecking lives

The tyrannical Tories assert that rising employment means that the recession has been far less drastic than prior slumps, but this isn't the case.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

Unions must pick MPs carefully

Politics: How refreshing it was to read the letter from Kevin Harrington (M Star June 24) all to often we go out and canvass for those who claim to be left wing, only to find when elected they just toe the party line and, seeing there is very little difference…
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:00

Why stick with state debt mill stone?

Economy: I find it surprising and dismaying that Robert Griffiths (M Star June 22-23) should advocate increasing our national debt as a way of reversing the cuts and bringing an end to austerity, promoting the myth that governments cannot function without backbreaking borrowing from and dependence on the financial market.
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