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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 01:00

Lay members need more say in unions

I believe that greater democracy would be achieved in trade unions if all officers were elected and had to stand for re-election every five years.
It is blatantly clear that a two-tiered system of state education, leading to the return of grammar schools, is on the Tory agenda.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 01:00

Communists battled race riots

Today, as Peter Frost (M Star August 24-25) says: "Notting Hill Gate is one of the poshest places in London." But it was pretty posh back in 1958.
Once again the world is awash with slaughter on an industrial scale.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 01:00

Gove shows he needs schooling

I note that Michael Gove thinks Ed Miliband should deal with Unite as an "entryist" group in Labour in the same way that Neil Kinnock grappled with Militant in the 1980s.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:00

Hague's deja vu on Syrian weapons

On August 23 Foreign Secretary William Hague declared that the only "plausible explanation for casualties (in Syria) so intense in such a small area" was a chemical attack.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:00

Revolution went as far as it could

Richard Maunders (M Star August 22) makes a good point looking at the work of Marxist historians on the English revolution.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:00

Life's no hoot for poor zoo animals

What London Zoo's annual animal weigh-in (M Star August 22) fails to measure is the physical and mental suffering that wild animals experience as a result of a lifetime spent in captivity.
Never one to miss a publicity stunt for electoral purposes, the Prime Minister has offered his support to this year's Mardi Gras saying that nobody should face prejudice for their sexuality.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:00

Progressives aren't all nice guys

Oliver Cromwell was a military dictator who repressed both his own people and the people of Ireland. Yet he was historically progressive.
Having admired (and agreed with) almost everything John Haylett has written on international politics for the last 30 years or more, I find myself profoundly disagreeing with his presentation of the views of the Egyptian Communist Party and presumably his own (M Star August 22).
I've had to write to try to inject some reality into all the trumpeting of this so called "seafarers' bill of rights" the MLC 2006.
Further to Derek Crawford's letter (M Star August 21), the US joined the first world war after the Hearst press published the text of the Zimmerman telegram.
Far from having nothing to do with the European Holocaust as Linda Clair claims (M Star August 21), the brutality, suppression and ethnic cleansing we see inflicted in Palestine is a direct legacy of what was done in Europe.
So finally, a public admission by the CIA that it master-minded, together with Britain, the overthrow in August 1953 of Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadeq.
In Keith Ewing's article about what role union members should play in the Labour Party (M Star August 20), he clearly sets out the options as he sees them.
Friday, 23 August 2013 01:00

Cromwell was a force of progress

The Cromwell controversy in your letter pages raises some interesting philosophical issues.
Friday, 23 August 2013 01:00

No justice

I note that Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years jail.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:00

Are Royal Mail stamps just a nasty prophecy?

Regarding Mark Seddon's excellent feature on the sell-off of British industry (M Star August 16), members of Honiton Senior Voice protested against the sell-off of Royal Mail on the day it issued a set of stamps to celebrate British "thoroughbred" car marques, omitting to mention that none of them are…
Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:00

Let Marxism be our guide on Cromwell

There have been several letters in the Morning Star regarding Oliver Cromwell and his legacy.
Uri Avnery espouses a four-pact solution to the problem of the illegal Israeli colonies that encircle Jerusalem and pepper the West Bank (M Star August 7).
I read that David Cameron is to allow big companies and lobbying firms to leave their message on the beds of Tories staying at the "official hotel" during their forthcoming conference for as little as £1,750 per go.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:00

How the Party gave me Volvo

The picture editor is to be commended on their good taste in cars with their choice of a Volvo PV544 to grace Saturday's letters page.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:00

Sacking 'is for other people'

I note the Ukip chief executive has left his post by "mutual agreement." In employment law terms this means a compromise agreement where both sides agree to walk away.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00

Con-Dem revisionism must be challenged

As expected, the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war is being used as an excuse by the government to rewrite history and to create some sort of feel-good, Olympic-style propaganda which, Tories hope, will result in electoral reward.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00

West should help stop bloodshed in Egypt

For Egyptians, the Arab spring has turned into an Arab nightmare.
While the likes of ex-MPs Kim Howells and Peter Mandelson may turn their backs on the trade unions who gave them their place in the sun, let's remember and celebrate the huge contribution made by the brave men of Merthyr, Newport and Llanelli, who gave their lives in the Welsh…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00

Arab forces stood no chance against Israel

It's a pity Mary Symons has swallowed the zionist myth about poor little Israel being under threat from the Arab armies (M Star August 14).
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00

Prescott's poll point is a joke

It's laughable to see John Prescott complaining that Ed Miliband is throwing away a Labour lead in the polls.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:00

US always served own interests

I read Betty Tebbs's interesting letter (M Star August 17) which referred to the United States's motivation for becoming involved in the second world war.
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