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The Socialist 5 June 2019

Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

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Them & Us

Them and us

Them and us   (Click to enlarge)


  • All the main parties have suffered drops in donations, says the Electoral Commission, but none so much as the Tories. They hauled 3.7 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 7.4 million the previous quarter, and almost 5 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • A column in the 3 June Financial Times warns utility shareholders not to insist on market value if they are nationalised. Lower but more stable alternative valuation measures are proposed. The bosses are worried a Corbyn government is round the corner. No to payouts for fat cats - compensate only for proven need!
  • A Guardian investigation has found 169 peers in the House of Lords - one in five - also work as paid advisers to private business. Meanwhile, lords claimed tens of thousands each in expenses last year, while around a third took almost no part in parliamentary business. 245 of the 785 unelected lawmakers rarely spoke, 88 never spoke, and 46 never voted, found the Guardian. Abolish the Lords!

...and us

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

  • The anger of private tenants suffering in the housing crisis forced the Tories to ban letting fees in England - and it's now come into effect. Citizens Advice reckons the charges were costing renters 13 million a month. Government assessments estimate the ban will set landlords back 83 million and agencies 157 million. They have threatened to claw some back with rent hikes - now cap rents too!
  • Energy price hikes could add 362 a year to bills for households that don't switch tariffs. Gas and electric regulator Ofgem has raised its price cap on default rates by a whopping 10%. Almost 193,000 homes could be affected, for a potential total rip-off of 42 million. Nationalise the utilities under democratic workers' control and management!
  • Over three-quarters of the poison-spewing diesel cars which manufacturers cheated tests to sell are still on the road. Transit NGO Transport and Environment estimates the remaining 33 million will stay in use for another two years. Nationalise the car-makers - fund affordable, clean public transport for all!

In this issue

What we think

Corbyn must go on the offensive against the right with socialist policies


Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

Reverse the GP cuts

Theresa May admits tuition fees system is broken - but plans new attacks on students

Laughable research denies low-pay scandal

Them & Us

Tiananmen square

The Tiananmen Square massacre - 30 years on

Workplace news

Strike together to kick out the Tories!

Nationalise the threatened Glasgow 'Caley' railway depot

Welsh train fleet workers' victory

Fighting to stop school meals privatisation

UCU conference 2019: Preparing for struggle

Sexual harassment of LGBT+ workers shows need for unions to fight

Universal Credit workers' strike

International socialist news and analysis

India: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

Counter-revolution in Sudan

Nineteen Eighty-Four

70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tens of thousands march against Trump

Worcester libraries campaign victory

South Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

Protesters condemn Tory candidate

Step forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

LS26 campaign lobbies council to save their homes

Neglected Newham tenants demand action

Protest against Send education funding cuts


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