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The vote in Ireland against the Lisbon treaty has stunned the EU rulers. Reeling in shock, establishment politicians and big-business are branding the electorate as ignorant and reactionary. The majority of Irish NO voters, however, consciously rejected their plans to press ahead with the neo-liberal agenda of privatisation and attacks on workers’ rights and living standards. PETER TAAFFE assesses the vote and its affects on the EU.
The NHS has always been fiercely defended as the biggest social reform the British working class has won. But it has been under increasing attack for 30 years. Although still widely valued, its image has been tarnished by years of underinvestment, cuts and scandals. New Labour’s increased spending swells business profits rather than public services. JON DALE reports on how the NHS was won and whether it can survive.
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