Prostitution: decriminalise, not prohibit, not legalise

Amidst talk of a 'new Yorkshire Ripper' James Turley calls for a principled approach to sex work

On October 30 1975, Wilma McCann was brutally murdered in Leeds. The killer was Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper - but it took an enormous police operation six years, during which 12 more women were murdered and many more violently attacked, to catch him. Most of the victims worked as prostitutes, which itself complicated issues considerably, as survivors’ testimony was frequently derided or ignored by police officers contemptuous of street-walkers.

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Letters

Let them all on; Nauseating; Back to drachma; Holding lines; UCU for boycott; Moscow Gay Pride; New network

Models of revolution

Mike Macnair reviews Henry Heller's 'The bourgeois revolution in France 1789-1815' Bergahn Books, 2006, pp172, £20.13; and, David Parker's (ed) 'Ideology, absolutism and the English revolution: debates of the British communist historians, 1940-1956' Lawrence and Wishart, 2008, pp285, £18.99

Holmes and Bannister divide the left vote

The current election for Unison general secretary exposes the failure of the left. Will Pragnell looks at the manoeuvrings of Dave Prentis and the right and urges the left to unite

Left and right views

Two prominent figures in Die Linke spoke to Tina Becker

Victims of British justice

Eddie Ford thinks prisoners should be treated as human beings, and children as children

Proving Euripides right

We are now seeing the beginning of the end of the Zionist state, writes Tony Greenstein

Danger of honest opportunism

The draft programme of Die Linke represents an advance on its previous documents, writes Tina Becker, but that is not saying very much. While it condemns capitalism, the party's perspectives are unashamedly Keynesian and clearly reformist

Rethinking revolution

David Harvey, Marxist academic and author of the newly published The enigma of capital, spoke to Mark Fischer

Surprise!

Robbie Rix says that web contributions are still nowhere near enough

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