Solidarity 044, 22 January 2004

After the Hutton Report: free Katharine Gun!

Going to press on 21 January, we do not know what the Hutton Report will say about whether the Blair government culpably exposed government scientist David Kelly to the pressures which led him to suicide.
We know about Katharine Gun, though. And Baha Mousa, Kifa Taha, and Abd al-Jabbar Mossa.

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Obituary: Cecilia Prosper

Cecilia Prosper, former Islington UNISON steward, Socialist Alliance candidate in North-East London in the GLA 2000 elections, and a member of the Socialist Workers Party, has died of cancer at the age of 44. Cecilia was victimised from her job at Islington council after a strike in the late 1990s, but led the appeal which indicted the council. Our sympathy and condolences to her family and many friends. A memorial event will be announced shortly.

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Obituary: Hugh McGrillen

Hugh McGrillen, a long-time MSF left activist and for many years London regional secretary of the MSF, has died of cancer. Hugh, a qualified chemist, worked as an advice worker at the London Hazards Centre. He was also a member of the Irish national chess team.

In 1999 the London Region of the MSF was excluded from voting in the Labour Party mayoral ballot on the utterly spurious grounds of late payment of affiliation. Hugh and his comrades fought the exclusion.

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Lost in Translation

Two people with time to kill in a Tokyo hotel. Two people - a middle aged second-rate actor and a pretty but "mean" Ivy League graduate - who are bored of themselves and have too little to think about and feel a bit lost in a city of extraordinary busy-ness. They get talking, have a few drinks in the hotel bar, share some sushi and, later, strike up an intense but unconsummated romantic friendship. It is soppy - a Brief Encounter for the 21st century - but, as all the reviews have said, a really well observed and thoughtful movie.

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