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July 2013: Building a better railway for Britain

07 October 2013

We had a very successful Annual Assembly of Delegates in Edinburgh. ASLEF is a democratic union and AAD is the bedrock of our democratic structure. Every branch has the right to send a delegate and help shape our policies.

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June 2013: Investing in railways to build a better Britain

01 June 2013

George Osbourne has sharpened the Tory axe on public services, and public spending, in Britain. The trouble is that the Chancellor’s medicine isn’t working. It’s killing, rather than curing, the patient. The influential economist John Maynard Keynes explained how a government should spend, rather than cut, its way out...

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May 2013 The problem is not Thatcher: it is Thatcherism.

01 June 2013

I didn’t join the protestors or demonstrators who went to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last month. This wasn’t just because I happened to be in Scotland at the STUC and Labour Party conferences at the time. It was because, although I understood those who did wish to show their disdain...

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April 2013 Beware a dangerous protest

01 June 2013

Last month UKIP – the UK Independence Party – came second in the Eastleigh by election. The general view was ‘don’t worry’. Political commentators told us not to be concerned because people vote in mysterious ways in by elections and more sensibly in General Elections. The people of Eastleigh...

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March 2013: Planning, not Beeching

01 June 2013

Ernest Marples was an unsavoury character. His role as a government transport minister and his position as head of the Marples Ridgway road-building company contained blatant conflicts of interest; Lord Denning says he was a regular visitor of prostitutes; and he was revealed as a tax-dodger when he scooted...

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