The Roman Catholic Church and other religious bigots are demanding a
‘conscience’ vote for MPs voting on the embryology bill to regulate stem
cell research. Socialists may wonder why it has taken Labour MPs eleven
years in office to grow a conscience. In reality the bigots want the
right to blackmail Parliament and foist their prejudices on the rest of
us. Kenny McGuigan deals with the ethical and scientific arguments for
and against embryology research.
We are now due another flu pandemic. This is nothing to do with some
evil 'Spooks' style conspiracy but a fact of life. Every 37 years or
so, the flu virus mutates or morphs into a new strain that humans
haven't suffered before. A dilemma for the State - they have spent the past decade whipping us into work, regardless of how ill we were.
The press have carried a number of stories over recent weeks about the
discovery of planets outside of our solar system. But what is the
reality behind these "new earths"? Are we about to "boldly go where no
one has gone before" or is it a bit more complicated than that?
We publish a response from the GMB to an article in the Guardian that implied multinational banana companies in Latin America supported the principle of free collective bargaining. It exposes the collaboration between union tops and companies such as Del Monte, who have carried out a campaign of intimidation against organised workers. The dominance of British supermarkets in the area is identified as a key element in this campaign.
The environmental statistics have been pouring in, and the prognosis
for the planet looks dire: global warming is accelerating, leaving
environmental destruction in its wake. Already we are witnessing some
of its devastating consequences and there are trends
which, if allowed to proceed unchecked, will culminate in humans
huddled around the two poles in search of respite from the heat.