A recent Unicef report has condemned Britain as the worst industrialised nation for children to grow up in. For all the noise the government has made over the years about investing in our children, the realities of privatisation have produced the opposite effect.
The mood for change in Scotland, the discontent Scottish people have for Westminster and Holyrood, is finding its expression in the rise in support for the Scottish Nationalist Party. However, the supplantation of bourgeois rule from London by a capitalist class closer to home will do nothing to change the fundamental conditions of ordinary working people.
The RMT is campaigning hard to defend Section 12 of the fire precautions act that was recommended following the Kings Cross Fire of 1985. The government is determined to water down the legislation, which the efforts by RMT-sponsored MP's has thus far prevented.
The real question to be asked is not whether the British sailors were in Iranian or Iraqi waters. The real question is who benefits from this "provocation". The incident would seem to fit in well with the plans that imperialism has to strike at Iran's nuclear development plan.