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Socialism Today 142 - October 2010

Socialism Today 142 - October 2010

Blairís destructive path

The publication of Tony Blairís autobiography has confirmed just how unpopular he had become. In 1997, his New Labour spin factory churned out false hope and illusion. By the time Blair departed, mass misery and brutality were entrenched in Afghanistan and Iraq, Britainís public services were under fierce attack and the economy was a wreck. As PETER TAAFFE explains, however, the most revealing aspect of the book is its exposure of Blairís conscious policy to destroy the Labour Party as a vehicle for working-class struggle.


Put News International in the dock

Murdochís News International Ltd was widely criticised following an inquiry by a House of Commons select committee earlier this year. Together with the Guardian, this inquiry has helped expose widespread, illegal phone hacking by private investigators employed by the NoW. PHILIP STOTT reports.


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France
Pension protests gain momentum

Pakistan
Floods raise spectre of social unrest

Oil
Has world oil supply peaked?

The road to New Labour
Andrew Price reflects on Neil Kinnock's role in the creation of New Labour

South Africa's public sector strike
Not a defeat but certainly an opportunity lost argues Weizmann Hamilton

Preparing for battle?
Alistair Tice and Iain Dalton look behind the Con-Dem plans for police reform

Too Big to Fail
Inside the battle to save Wall Street

James P Cannon
Early days of the US left

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