This is the leaflet distributed by Socialist Appeal supporters at last
Saturday's (July 5) Socialist Campaign Group Conference in London. A full report will follow in the next few days.
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this leaflet in PDF format.
We have reported in many articles the inexorable shift to the left that has
been taking place in the British trade unions. Last year's move to the left in
the AEEU (engineering workers) general secretary elections has probably been the
most striking episode in this general process. Equally significant was the
change in the TGWU (transport workers) where again the left took the position of
general secretary. The latest development among the civil servants is another
striking example of how deep the process is.
As we were preparing for publication, the news came through of the sudden death of Dr David Kelly. Dr Kelly had been publicly named as the source of a report by BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan, that exposed the manoeuvres of the Blair government to justify the war against Iraq.