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This annoucement, brought to you by Permanent Revolution:

March with the postal workers: Tuesday 21 August

The CWU has called a national demonstration in support of postal workers’ dispute with Royal Mail for Tuesday afternoon 21 August. Preliminary details below:

Assemble at 12 noon, Clerkenwell Green, EC1 (nearest tube: Farringdon on Circle, Hammersmith & CIty, and Metropolitan lines). March departs at 12.30. Circular route back to Clerkenwell Green for rally a 1.30 PM. Speakers to be confirmed.

Further information available from CWU website (www.cwu.org). Local CWU branches are supposed to be organising transport to London for the demonstration.

Spread the word, people!

By the way, Neil Clark is a top journalist and you should check out his blog. I loved this post:

Shock, Horror: Plc puts shareholders first!

“British Gas has announced record profits of £533 million. That works out at £3 million a day and a staggering £676 million increase on the same time last year. Announcing the results, Roger Carr, Chairman of British Gas’ parent company Centrica, said shareholder value was “top of the agenda”.

It certainly doesn’t look like customers are a priority. Research by price comparison website uSwitch found that British Gas has put prices up by 36% (£299) in 2006. Since then, the wholesale price of gas has dropped by 56%. However, British Gas has only reduced its prices by 18% and says it won’t be cutting them further.”

writes financial journalist Simon Ward.What a surprise! The astonishing thing is that some people still believe that when privatisation takes place customers, and not shareholders, will come first. If we want customers to come first, then our public utilities should be publicly owned, and run not to make as much profit as possible, but for the good of the whole community.

That means keeping branch railway lines open, even if they are, in a narrow sense of the word, ‘uneconomic’, putting in seats (lots of them), and not shopping malls into new airport terminals, keeping village post offices open, guaranteeing a next day first class mail delivery to even the remotest part of the British Isles and keeping telephone boxes in working order in isolated rural areas.

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