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July 2007 - Members set out the course for this proud trade union

01 June 2013

It’s healthy for the body to go to the sea-side – but it’s also healthy for the body politic. I told the delegates you sent to this year’s AAD in Scarborough that they were, for the next week, the executive and leadership of ASLEF. It was not a casual...

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June 2007 - Network Rail: Creeping guiltily in the right direction?

01 June 2013

Network Rail said last month that it was consulting the rest of the industry about taking over the management of more stations and providing rolling stock as well as continuing to take charge of the track. It was music to my ears. It sounded like exactly the steps ASLEF...

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May 2007 - Outdated gun laws belong in another era

01 June 2013

Whenever I feel angry or annoyed about events in the UK, I’m sometimes soothed by the thought that, well, there are worse places to live. Countries like Zimbabwe, for instance, where a racist and increasingly deranged Mugabe continues to bully his people. Like Iraq, where the appalling death toll...

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April 2007 - Government rail subsidies more failures

01 June 2013

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander announced last month that the government is to provide extra funding to private rail firms to finance an additional 1,000 train carriages in a bid to combat overcrowding. Of course we all welcome any positive action to tackle overcrowding – but why should the government...

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March 2007 - Same lies told in a different language

01 June 2013

ALL MY anger at the way our railways were privatised came back to me last month when I was interviewed about the ‘British experience’ by a German TV station. I was forcibly reminded that the public weren’t just deprived of a national, coordinated and accountable rail network – they...

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