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Labour closing the gap!

by New Worker correspondent

LABOUR is closing the gap on the Tory lead in the opinion polls as the minor parties are squeezed out with less than a fortnight to go until polling day. Labour has published secret documents which show that the Tories are indeed ready to pawn the health service to the big American pharmaceutical companies as part of a post-Brexit trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Election Fever

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE General Election campaign has so inspired the Scottish electorate that the list of the 10 “most read” stories on the website of a major Scottish newspaper on Tuesday was topped by the news that the Chair of Glasgow Rangers Football Club was resigning and included the tale of someone being robbed of their Christmas shopping. Not a single election story was included.

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Strikes in the Dreaming Spires

by New Worker correspondent

MONDAY saw the start of an eight-day strike by many members of the 120,000 strong University and College Union (UCU) at 60 of Britain’s 147 institutions of higher learning, from Aberdeen to Exeter.

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Editorial

Modern day Pharisees

WE SHOULD NOT be too surprised at the Chief Rabbi’s anti-Corbyn rant that was splashed across the Tory rags earlier in the week. Last July Ephraim Mirvis said he was “delighted to congratulate Boris Johnson, a longstanding friend and champion of the Jewish community, on becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister”.

The Chief Rabbi’s loathing of Corbyn is undoubtedly down to his staunch support for Israel, which he says is “central to our faith”, and his Zionist beliefs, which he says are “a noble and integral part of Judaism”.

Although the Chief Rabbi didn’t openly call on people to vote Tory, he did say that a victory for Labour in the General Election will put the “very soul of our nation” at stake. So we can safely assume that he is, at least, sympathetic to the Conservative cause. What we cannot accept is the Chief Rabbi’s claim to speak for his own community in Britain.

The same can equally be said of Justin Welby, the head of the Church of England, who has backed Mirvis and says that “such an unprecedented statement at this time ought to alert us to the deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British Jews”.

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