Pete Cannell

New Labour/Hard Labour?

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Eds: Gerry Mooney and Alex Law, The Policy Press, £22.99

I started to read New Labour/Hard Labour? the day after New Labour's chancellor, Alastair Darling, made his October pre-budget statement to the House of Commons. Minutes earlier I'd put down a copy of the Guardian newspaper in which Polly Toynbee railed against a government that could give £1.4 billion to the children of the well-off in the reduction of inheritance tax while allocating the children of the poor an additional 48p a week in tax credits.

Raise your Voice

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Review of 'Arguments against G8', editors Gill Hubbard and David Miller, Pluto £11.99

Five years ago thousands of protesters formed a human chain around Edinburgh Castle in support of the Jubilee 2000 campaign. This July, even if you take the most conservative estimate, 100,000 will ring the whole of the centre of Edinburgh. Four days later, and 50 miles to the north, the G8 rulers of the world arrive at Gleneagles. Poverty and debt are greater than they were five years ago but the movement for global justice has grown too and the arguments and the debates have grown sharper.

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