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Cameron dithers over NHS reforms

by Daphne Liddle

HEALTH Secretary Andrew Lansley last Monday announced a two-month delay to “pause, listen, reflect and improve” in the progress of his controversial NHS reforms through Parliament.

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Libyan diplomatic drive

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE LIBYAN government has launched a diplomatic drive to end the imperialist-backed rebellion in the eastern province of Cyrenaica offering to discuss any change or political reform with the rebels. At the same time they reject foreign interference and they are insisting that Muammar al Gaddafi, or a member of his family, remain at the helm to preserve the unity of the country.

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No to AV!

WE ARE fast approaching the 5th May local elections and the referendum on the alternative voting system — or AV. This is an issue that confuses and diverts many progressive middle class intellectuals but the New Communist Party takes a consistent line based on an analysis of what will most benefit the working class.

First we must assert that AV or the current first-past-the-post or any other voting system within a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie is not going to bring us socialism. Such voting systems are designed to protect the interests of the bourgeoisie and to keep us workers under their thumb, while at the same time fooling us into thinking we are living in an egalitarian democracy.

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