Dancing with wolves

Submitted by Anon on 19 November, 2005 - 1:44

By Yves Coleman

In the dialect of French big-city suburbs, to “dance with the wolves” is to provoke the cops, make them run and to escape without being arrested. Unfortunately, the reality is much less romantic.

Around 1600 youth were arrested, half of them under 18, in the first 14 days of the riots from 27 October to 10 November. 180 have already received jail sentences.

Taming Tesco

Submitted by Anon on 19 November, 2005 - 1:27

Tesco is not a popular company. Not popular with its rivals, who envy its dominance of the grocery trade and are leading a campaign to slow down its expansion and stop its below-cost pricing of certain goods.

Not popular with small farmers, who feel ripped off by the company. Not popular with people who have lost Post Offices and other small shops as Tesco’s supermarket building programme transforms Britain’s high streets.

It is sometimes not even popular with its customers, when they find the promise of cheap food does not hold good beyond a small number of items.

Respect/ SWP in decline?

Submitted by AWL on 19 November, 2005 - 11:42

Selling Solidarity outside the annual conference, this weekend, of the George Galloway/ SWP coalition "Respect", I thought the crowd looked thinner, older, and more dispirited than at the "Respect" conference last year.

"Respect" insiders confirm this, saying that the conference is smaller despite last-minute efforts by the SWP to drum up people to attend as observers and fill the hall.

Women in the Irish nationalist movement 1900-1916

Submitted by Janine on 17 November, 2005 - 5:29 Author: Janine Booth

From Workers' Liberty 56, June/July 1999

Constance Markievicz and the other women who fought in the Easter Rising struggled to be accepted on equal terms by the Irish labour movement and among nationalists. Their experience holds many lessons for today's socialists and feminists.

PCS Exec member resigns from SWP over pensions deal

Submitted by AWL on 17 November, 2005 - 1:02

One of the SWP members on the PCS (civil service union) Executive who voted for the Government-TUC pensions deal (raising the pension age to 65 for future workers) has resigned from the SWP. The other has apologised (to the SWP, not to the future public service workers or to local government workers).

Resignation letter from Martin John, 11 November 2005

Peace campaigner jailed

Submitted by AWL on 17 November, 2005 - 8:28

Peace campaigner Milan Rai has been sentenced to 28 days imprisonment for refusing to pay £2000 "compensation" to the British Government for spray-painting the Foreign Office with the words "Don't Attack Fallujah. Black Watch Out" on 3 November 2004, just days before last year's
devastating US assault on the city (click here for background and pictures).

Please send letters (or better still colourful postcards) of support to him at:

Milan Rai, HMP Lewes, Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1EA.