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UNITED KINGDOM-Whither Labour

Whither Labour? Michael Jacobs As Britain settles down to another five years of Conservative government, the political question being asked concerns not the winners of April's general election

Green Blues in Europe

Michael Jacobs The June elections to the European Parliament confirmed that Green politics is now firmly on the European map. We may be witnessing the beginning of a new trend: the replacement of True Blue by a new combination of Green and Red.

Margaret Thatcher and the Inner Cities

Inner Cities Michael Jacobs THE Inner City is all the rage. Everyone- thinks something should be done about it. The decaying urban centres of Britain's industrial past are the subject of regular newspaper articles and television programmes. To great media fanfare, Prince Charles frequently visits poor communities in London and elsewhere, urging businessmen to create jobs and training opportunities for the young, and particularly Black, unemployed. Even Margaret Thatcher's government regards the inner cities as a top priority.

Margaret Thatcher s Economic Jackpot-Miracle or Myth

Miracle or Myth? WHEN Margaret Thatcher came to Toronto recently for the Western Economic Summit, she carried herself with all the confidence, not only of the longest serving head of government present, but of the architect of an economic miracle deserving of emulation by everyone ebe.

UNITED KINGDOM- Where Now for Labour

 UNITED KINGDOM Where Now for Labour? Michael Jacobs MARGARET THATCHER'S crushing victory in the general election secures her place in history as the first prime minister this century to win three consecutive terms of office. With an overall majority in the new parliament of 101 seats, the Tories will continue with the radical policies of their first eight years. The next stages promised in the Thatcher Revolution' include the wholesale selling-off of council houses to private property companies, the privatisation of the last remaining public utilities, including the water authorities and the electricity board, further reductions in direct taxation, and the gradual dismantling of the-comprehensive state education system in favour of grant- aided, fee-paying and selective schools. Margaret Thatcher announced no measures to reduce unemployment from its current 3.2m (14 per cent).

UNITED KINGDOM-Privatisation and the Tories

Privatisation and the Tories Michael Jacobs WHAT do telecommunications, aerospace, defence equipment and weapons, nuclear submarines, shipbuilding, motor vehicles, oil, gas, water, electricity and forests have in common? All strategic industrial sectors or key utilities? Yes

UNITED KINGDOM- Towards a Police State

January 11, 1986 UNITED KINGDOM Towards a 'Police State' A CHURCH of England Bishop recently warned that the UK was becoming a "police state". A few years ago this would have sounded absurd. Today it expresses the concern of opinion spanning the political spectrum, that civil liberties in Britain are under serious threat.

UNITED KINGDOM-Left Realignment within Labour

Left Realignment within Labour Michael Jacobs THE annual conference of the British labour Party, held earlier this month in the south-coast resort of Bournemouth, turned into a triumph for Neil Kinnock, the party leader. In two speeches which stunned delegates with their power and directness, he turned Labour firmly against the Trotskyist Militant faction and the 'hard' Left associated with the Miners' president Arthur Scargill, and set the Party's sights clearly on victory at the next general election. Labour's right wing, and a grateful Press, hailed Kinnock's performance as a 'historic' turning point in Labour's fortunes, welcoming his apparent shift to the right. But the leader's personal success may in fact disguise the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction, with the influence of the Party's "soft" Lett strengthened.

UNITED KINGDOM-Autumn of Racial Violence

October 19, 1985 to the proposed (admittedly few) safety nets for the losers. To what extent the report wilt touch the lives of Canadians, and which proposals will sink and which will swim in the legislative ings from the cutbacks would be used to retrain workers who lose their jobs in the transition to free trade.

UNITED KINGDOM- BBC, Censorship and Northern Ireland

UNITED KINGDOM BBC, Censorship and Northern Ireland Michael Jacobs THE furore over the banning of a BBC television programme about Northern Ireland at the 'request' of the British government has reverberated around the world. The government has been accused of censorship; the BBC's reputation for 'independence' has been badly damaged. But the row has mostly obscured the fact that that reputation is founded on an illusion. This was by no means the first time that such Censorship' had occurred. Perhaps more crucially, what that censorship reveals of the government's policies towards Northern Ireland has largely been ignored.

UNITED KINGDOM-Ballots and British Trade Union Movement

September 28, 1985 UNITED KINGDOM Ballots and British Trade Union Movement Michael Jacobs AT its Annual Conference earlier this month the British Trade Union Congress managed to avert what nearly became the most damaging split in its post-war history. But it has only postponed the crisis, not ended it, and the arguments within the trade union movement

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