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July 2010 - When we work together, we win

01 June 2013

Later in this edition you will read the president’s view that the union doesn’t trumpet its achievements as we should. It’s an opinion I heartily endorse.   The fact is that members expect ASLEF to do well, so no one says anything when we do. To some extent this is...

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June 2010 - Red reaction and ruddy rucksacks

01 June 2013

Usually political parties put a manifesto to the electorate and then we have a vote. This time we voted - and a week later the Conservatives and their Lib Dem mates crept into Downing Street and then started writing their manifesto! Either way it looks as if we’re stuck with...

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May 2010 - A freedom too far?

01 June 2013

THE General Election is upon us and I will continue to support and vote for Labour. I have lived a great deal of my life under harsh Tory governments - and leopards don’t change their spots. Labour remains the best party to deal with the problems we face.   But...

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Apr 2010 - Railways still take a kicking

01 June 2013

One of the reasons the Tories gave for privatisation was to ‘stop the railways being used as a political football’. The argument went that the government would award franchises and then leave private firms to run the industry like any private business - free of political debate and Treasury interference....

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Mar 2010 - A clenched fist but a hand extended

01 June 2013

Last month marked 20 years since Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison, ending 27 years of imprisonment for his ‘crimes’ of demanding equal treatment of all human beings and calling for an end to the racism of apartheid. Like so many of us I remember that...

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