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Growing support for cannabis legalisation

The Tories are split over legalisation of cannabis. The issue is back in the news after the case of a 12-year-old whose medicinal cannabis oil was confiscated at Heathrow Airport. The Home Office returned some medicine to Billy Caldwell after medics confirmed he needed it to deal with severe epileptic seizures. Former Conservative leader William … Continue reading

Pro-EU marchers attack Corbyn and Leave voters

Pro-EU demonstrators marched in large numbers in London at the weekend demanding that Britain hold another referendum on membership. The People’s Vote campaign says a second vote should be held on the terms of UK departure from the EU. There was a nasty undercurrent to some speeches at the event and in tweets after. Liberal … Continue reading

French strikers show the way

French trade union leader Jean-Claude Mailly has warned that ongoing conflict between the French government and the unions may turn into a national confrontation over President Emmanuel Macron’s economic programme. Unions are holding two-day strikes every week for three months over the government’s European Union dictated marketisation and compulsory tendering policies for the SNCF state railway company. … Continue reading

Skripal, Russia and the warmongers: another ‘dodgy dossier’?

The Tories, the press and Labour right are all pushing an Anti-Russian agenda following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on 4 March. This is despite the lack of any clear motive or firm evidence. All those pushing the agenda have their own motives for trying to pin the blame … Continue reading

Human rights protest greets Commonwealth leaders

Human rights activists gathered outside Westminster Abbey this week to demand action in Commonwealth countries. The protest took place as high commissioners met to mark Commonwealth Day. The demonstration focussed on the persecution and criminalisation of homosexuality. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, and gay people from across the Commonwealth, some … Continue reading

Anas Sarwar: a friend of the workers?

Anas Sarwar has has hit back at his critics who highlighted a family business that employs workers on poverty pay and did not recognise unions. The business paid workers below the living wage. UWS offers £7.50 per hour for a 45-hour week, less than the £8.45 generally demanded by living wage and anti-poverty campaigners Sarwar … Continue reading

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