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Is the party over?

1 April 2006 The 2007 Scottish elections are being billed as ‘make or break’ for the Scottish Socialist Party, which has struggled to build on its electoral breakthrough in 2003. Gregor Gall argues that its success is crucial to the left both north and south of the border

Not safe in their hands

1 March 2006 New Labour is in the process of achieving what Thatcher didn’t dare – the demolition of the National Health Service

Activist trauma

1 June 2005 Dear Subcomandauntie, Although always a radical at heart, it was the Iraq war that finally prised me from my armchair and into a rapid upward spiral of political activism. Alas, my overwhelming experience throughout has been one of repression - mental and physical - from state, police, capital and those authoritarians within our own movement. Demoralised and depressed, the last thing I can face right now is the prospect of robocops running riot against me and fellow demonstrators in Scotland this July. But this cowardice racks me with guilt and I desperately don't want to feel this way. Can you help? Burned Out of Birmingham

Challenge the state, don’t reclaim it

1 November 2004 Hilary Wainwright has criticised John Holloway for a too pessimistic analysis of the state. Sarah Young responds.

Spoiling for choice

1 August 2004 Choice, if Labour and the Tories are to be believed, is in danger of becoming like motherhood and apple pie: no right-thinking person could possibly be against it. If you raise questions about choice you are quickly condemned as a supporter of the old Stalinist-type "command and control" economy. Choice in public services is, however, a problematic concept.

Spoiling for Choice

1 August 2004 The Labour-Tory market model for extending choice in the NHS will inevitably result in a dramatic decline in service-user equity. Here Marian Barnes outlines reforms that would benefit everybody.

Modern heroes, modern slaves

1 April 2004 Doctors and nurses from the Philippines pay thousands of pounds so they can travel to the UK and work for as little as £8 a day in British hospitals and nursing homes.

PFI, GATS and secondary action all up for discussion at the TUC

1 September 2003 It gives an annual snapshot of what's on the minds of Britain's trade unionists, and the agenda for this year's TUC conference shows a union movement widely at odds with its Labour government.

New alliance calls on government to withdraw bill on foundation hospital trusts

1 July 2003 A new alliance of groups against the introduction of foundation trusts in the NHS has called on the government to withdraw proposals until more consultation has taken place.

Hearts, Minds and Radical Democracy

1 June 1998 Dave Castle continues Red Pepper's interviews with theorists whose work contributes to a renewal of the left. This month he talks to Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe whose work on social movements and class offers a controversial theorisation of insights familiar to grassroots activists.



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