After being labelled a “butcher” by
the British press following last week's bad election results for the
Labour Party and the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, Tony Blair
suffered another blow, this time not at home but abroad. In Basra the
British army lost five soldiers, including the first female casualty,
as their helicopter crashed and British soldiers came under attack.
Labour suffered a heavy defeat in England's local council elections,
but Blair is desperately clinging on to office for now. In an attempt to
cover up Labour's losses and to shore up his support Blair quickly moved
to sack several high ranking ministers and promote loyal supporters.
What Blair has installed is a Final Days administration. It is a bunker
cabinet. Blair is finished and so is Blairism. These elections
illustrate a growing class polarisation taking place in British society.
The workers at the Peugeot plant in
Ryton (near Coventry) risk losing their jobs and livelihood. Darrall
Cozens reports on the latest situation after interviewing John
Cummins, Deputy Convenor from Amicus, about the trade union plans to
keep the plant open.
Tony Blair has been pushing the line that the National Health Service has never had it so good. He lives on another planet obviously. Anyone who uses the NHS or works for it knows that a systematic attack on the very concept of free healthcare is taking place.