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Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:00

Will jail threat be hit for six?

Geoffrey Boycott called for the jailing of bankers on Test Match Special in July 2011. Now a parliamentary commission has raised the possibility.
Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Every nation's NHS is under threat

As expected, the bourgeois press and media have kept us totally in the dark about what really happened at the recent G8 meeting at Lough Erne.
Since academies were a Labour idea I am not surprised by shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg's endorsement of a mixed economy in schooling (M Star June 18).
Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Ukrainian, not Polish

The article Kosice Holocaust camp chief charged (M Star June 19) misidentifies Michael Karkoc as a Pole.
Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Politics and football

How refreshing to see the messages of support from members of the Brazil national football team for the thousands of demonstrators protesting at the vast amounts of money spent by Brazilian authorities on football instead of improvements for Brazilian living standards.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis says (M Star Monday June 17) that "hot desking" and other aspects of overcrowding among council officers and call centre workers can be very depressing and morale sapping.
I am moved to warmly endorse what Kim Singleton has written on Iraq, especially after reading Michael Meacher's article on the same subject.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Staying out of it is a UN principle

In times of crisis we should ask what international law says about the range of our possible responses.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Top marks mean little due to fees

My daughter is fourth in her year. She is fourth out of 189 girls taking her GCSEs at this time, and she has no hope of going to university to study art, law or anything else.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

For '80s laughs watch Shelley

Further to the debate about Wolfie Smith from Citizen Smith, I always felt that another good sitcom character was Shelley, what with the dealings he used to have with the staff at the Unemployment Benefit Office.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

PM's tax proposals are riddled with holes

Paddy McGuffin in his G8 summit report (M Star June 17) said that David Cameron had been accused by anti-poverty campaigners of "undermining plans to tackle tax evasion."
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

Barber's knighthood should surprise no-one

I for one am not the slightest bit shocked that Brendan Barber has accepted a knighthood.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

Accepting knightood tells you all you need

Surely the offer of a title by the state is the ultimate insult when made to someone whose life-long role has been charged to defeat that Establishment.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

This award is certainly no honour

You informed readers (M Star June 15) that former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber has received a knighthood.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

We have to be able to laugh at ourselves

Come on Keith Ackermann (M Star June 13), I was only joking about Wolfie Smith and did not seriously expect him - a fictional character - to be seen as a left-wing role model.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

We want peace - no matter if Assad stays

David Cameron says that everyone wants a new government in Syria.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

Can Michelle Obama turn her husband?

The latest proclamation by Barack Obama that the government of Syria has used chemical weapons should be treated with a massive degree of scepticism.
I Regret that Brendan Barber has accepted a knighthood from the queen (M Star June 15).
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

Few stood against carnage until 2003

If the British left actally wants to understand the complicity of the British people on Iraq (M Star June 14), it needs to start by understanding its own.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

Lightening up will get us nowhere

Bryn Rowland's letter (M Star June 15) on chaired meetings had a certain resonance.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

Which headline is correct?

You ran a piece recently with the headline Assad troops mop up rebel resistance (M Star June 8).
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

London recruits honoured by ANC

I am grateful for David Horsley's comments on the recent meeting at the Bishopsgate Institute (M Star 11 June).
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

G8 perfect time to save Aamer

Every day that Parliament is in session activists from the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign are holding three-hour vigils opposite Parliament to demand urgent action by the government to bring Shaker Aamer home.
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

Wash our hands of privateers

The news that Thames Water is not paying any corporation tax is criminal, but interesting in relation to the market economy.
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

Help to nail Paypal for Cuba embargo

When trying to buy Cuban coffee from a Wolverhampton firm recently Paypal refused to honour my payment.
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

Dubious honours

Brendan Barber's knighthood is nothing to celebrate (M Star June 15).
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

'83 manifesto lives on in assembly

I read with interest, Georgie Stagg's letter (M Star June 14) on the 1983 Labour manifesto.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00

US ends chance of Syria peace

The US government now "assesses" with "high confidence" that the Assad government has used chemical weapons in Syria and Obama has therefore decided that he will provide "military support" to the rebels.
The piece by Graham Stevenson on the 1930s discussions in the Daily Worker on the need to lighten its contents, so as to engage better with working-class people, has lessons for today (M Star June 12).
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