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21-01-2013, 12:01 PM
This morning I came across a case involving the Shrewsbury 24. A lof of people on here would be familiar with it but its a case which illustrates how little things change. The Shrewbury 24 were a group involved in the construction industry whom in 1972 decided to go on strike looking for better terms and conditions. All of their efforts proved successful with two of the leaders of the strike being Des Warren ,a local shop steward and construction worker and the soon to be famous actor , Ricky Tomlinson. The strike which was nation wide, paralysed the building industry for the twelve weeks that is lasted but it was the aftermath which was the most shocking aspect of it. Tomlinson and 23 others were charged with affray and other offences including intimidation, use of threatening language etc. (http://www.shrewsbury24campaign.org.uk/) .

The charges against them were never fully explained why but it is thought that the charges may have been politically motivated as the construction industry had ties to the Tory government at the time. Recently Tomlinson has asked that the files be released relating to the case however this has been denied by the current Tory government no doubt for the spurious reason of 'national security' and as such they wont be released until 2021 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jan/20/ricky-tomlinson-shrewsbury-24-secrecy) .

Since the last forty years nothing much has changed. The austerity march back in November last year saw protestors being labelled as fascists by some trade union heads and the demonisation in the media of some workers vying for better conditions and payment for themselves. Somethings never change...

21-01-2013, 10:51 PM
Google news has no other news about this, only the Guardian reporting it...

30-01-2013, 11:23 AM

Letter to the Guardian about the topic and sums up neatly the point :

This blatant abuse of section 23 is a clear obstruction to justice. Transparency creates open justice and is a fundamental democratic principle. The increasingly opaque and secretive practices of the judicial system are damaging public confidence in the institution that most requires it