John Charlton

The Memory of Millions

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Review of 'Stop the War', Andrew Murray and Lindsey German, Bookmarks £12.99

During the autumn and winter of 2002 to 2003 the authorities at my kid's school in Newcastle were waging a war on drugs. Parents were informed that police with sniffer dogs would be called in to root out dope users. The police were called, not to deal with drug use at all but on 20 March 2003 to prevent the students leaving the premises to join an anti-war march as the bombs started to fall on Baghdad.

Mass Campaigning is Key

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Events in the East End of London and South Wales in the general election ('The Verdict on the Blair Project', May SR) remind us of a previous occasion when an official Labour candidate was defeated by a candidate to its left.

In 1974 the Labour Party deselected the long term member for Blyth, Eddie Milne, for blowing the whistle on the corrupt practices which led to the imprisonment of T Dan Smith of Newcastle, the GMWU official Andrew Cunningham and the architect John Poulson. Milne stood in the first election of 1974 and roundly defeated the Labour Party's shoo-in, Ivor Richard. In the second election of that year Milne was defeated by a villainous lawyer, John Ryman, later imprisoned for stealing money from old ladies.

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