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Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Was child-stealing an imperial revenge?

It was a harrowing article on the plight of Native American children being forcibly removed from their families by state authorities in South Dakota (M Star August 15).
Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Ed was right not to get overeggcited

Ed Miliband's reaction to being hit by an egg in South London was thankfully more measured than some of his advisers.
Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Charlie's powers are strangely limited

Excellent article on the Royal Mail (M Star, August 15), a 500-year-old institution.
Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Christian Aid takes care with its money

In the controversy surrounding the pay that chief executives of major charities receive, attention has been drawn to the salary paid last year to Loretta Minghella of Christian Aid.
Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

All aid comes with a price

It is naive to think that Britain gives "aid" to other countries purely for altruistic reasons.
I am glad my letter provoked Ken MacLeod into answering (M Star August 8) because I think the point at issue is an important one that is too often overlooked.
Grahame Nicholls does Cromwell a great disservice by comparing him to bloodthirsty generals in World War I (M Star August 12).
Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

The Lords must close not enlarge

It seems incredible that 30 more peers are to be created in such austere times, when the House of Lords is already stuffed to the gills with an abundance of "yes" men, lackeys and politicians who have served themselves.
Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Sorrel for the mistake

The plant used to illustrate Mat Coward's article on sorrel (M Star August 14) could cause some confusion and indeed stomach pain if eaten.
We already knew the Con-Dem partnership shows scant regard for the lives and welfare of the working people with the multi-millionaire Westminster club attempting to strip away health and safety legislation which is already among the weakest and most lacklustre in the developed world.
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Anti-boycott stance is incoherent

The Star Comment of Aug 12 (No excusing anti-gay law) starts off well, by condemning Russia's anti-gay law and comparing it to Section 28.
The editorial No excusing anti-gay law (M Star August 12) is weak and misses the point.
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Socialists are the real voice of the people

As always an excellent article from Ramzy Baroud - this time on the crisis in Yemen (M Star August 12).
Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

MPs must act to make jobs market fair

Labour is right to raise concerns about major firms hiring overseas workers, thereby adding to the problems of British unemployment.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Let's fight fire service cuts

Matt Wrack and Kate Hoey have exposed David Cameron's duplicity regarding the closure of fire stations and loss of firefighters' jobs (M Star Friday August 9).
I believe Bill Banning missed my point (M Star August 10). I agree with him that we should all unite against this government, but Labour is not promising anything new to unite behind.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Cromwell earned his London statue

Relatively few women have had statues erected in their memory in London but, apart from numerous queens, those statues are in the main are well-deserved, including Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell and Emmeline Pankhurst.
It is a pity that Clive Collins (M Star August 9) weakens his case against Israel by ignoring historical facts.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Oprah's racism claim wasn't only problem

I see that US billionaire Oprah Winfrey is claiming she was the victim of racism after a Zurich shop assistant suggested she might not be able to afford a £25,000 handbag.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Different lines

Morning Star: Edinburgh Zoo's female giant panda Tian Tian may be pregnant.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

'Islamist' is not same as hardline

Once again, in reporting on Egypt and Tunisia you have used the word "Islamist" to describe the Tunisian government and Egypt's self-styled "Muslim Brotherhood."
Those readers who enjoyed the article on the Great Train Robbery (M Star August 8) may well have watched the many TV documentaries seeking to put the events into a contemporary context.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Cromwell has no place as a statue

Sorry to disagree with reader Chris Birch (M Star August 9) with regards to Oliver Cromwell.
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

Supermarket jobs sweep

One of the major supermarkets (I won't demean myself by mentioning its name) is due to open here shortly and, Faslane naval base aside, will become the area's largest employer.
While I was campaigning in Cardiff to free Bradley Manning someone, came up to me and asked: "Who is this man?"
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Machines are a left mainstay

Jimmy Jancovich claims (M Star August 5) that "the ideal of a society in which others (people or machines) do all the work is basically a fascist ideal, not a socialist one."
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Upstart Cromwell's works endured

Our paper's readers are indebted to John Green for his excellent article (M Star August 5) on Thomas Cromwell.
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

A reminder for forgetful Indie

I glimpsed a copy of the Independent on a newspaper stand recently. They really need to tighten up editorial policy and improve their proof-reading.
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Albert a better man than most

On the 68th anniversary of the atomic attacks on Japan, I am reminded of Albert Einstein's maxim: "If only I had known, I would have become a locksmith."
I was interested to hear on Radio 4 some extracts from secret British state documents from 1983, recently released under the accelerated 30-year rule.
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