Demonisation by deranged media pack

Eddie Ford argues against the demonisation of children

No-one could fail to be appalled by the Edlington ‘torture case’, which last April saw two children aged nine and 11 subjected to a cruel and sadistic 90-minute ordeal of physical and mental abuse - which included sexual degradation and being almost strangled to death with barbed wire. As readers will know, their attackers were brothers, themselves aged only 10 and 11 at the time. Such was the monstrous severity of the assaults that at one stage the 11-year-old pleaded: “Let me die”. Later, it was revealed that the brothers had carried out a similar assault on another boy just a week earlier.

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David Douglass points the finger at Thatcherism and New Labour

Communists meet to debate perspectives

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Mark Fischer takes a look at the National Unemployed Workers Movement and the Unemployed Workers Charter

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Chris Strafford calls for mobilisation, and reports Campaign Iran's rebranding

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Ben Lewis welcomes the initiative of Communist Workers of Iran and offers some fraternal criticisms

A real united front could organise unemployed

Mike Macnair takes a looks ahead to the SWP's 'Right to Work' conference

There is a duty to form a vanguard party

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Dawkins and Dennett defended

Bob Potter takes issue with Jack Conrad and dismisses primitive communism as make-believe

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