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9 October 2013

Them & Us

Tory MP Paul Maynard is concerned people might get a 'food bank habit'. He said: "I do not believe that immediate food relief should be the role of the government...

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29 May 2013

Rotten greedy banks still threaten crisis

On 15 September 2008, the big city bank Lehman Brothers went bust. Within days, lending between banks dried up. Andy Beadle reviews the BBC2 series Bankers.

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22 May 2013

Them & Us

MPs' pay rise: 65,738 a year basic salary just isn't enough for our MPs. Not to mention their infamous expenses.

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8 May 2013

Food banks and fighting austerity

Time to get political: In the last six months an extra 100,000 people have been added to the food bank queues. Attendance at food banks seems to be one of the few growth areas of the economy, writes Nancy Taaffe.

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1 May 2013

Them & Us

Time for plan S: Changes to the benefit system and recent welfare reforms are forcing a growing number of people to use food banks...

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10 April 2013

HBOS scandal is just the tip of the iceberg

HBOS has been called the 'worst bank ever' after colossal losses resulted in a government-brokered merger with Lloyds and a subsequent taxpayer bailout of 20.5 billion, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.

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21 March 2013

Comment on the 'Budget waffle'

More budget waffle from Osborne and his alter ego Ed Balls. No mention by Balls of the 750 billion lying in the banks being used, not to invest, but to line the pockets of the spivs who control the banks...

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20 March 2013

Cypriot workers resist bank-robbing Troika

After months of 'calm' the capitalist debt crisis has resurfaced over the banking meltdown in Cyprus, sending financial markets into a spin

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27 February 2013

Italian election - Results resolve nothing

The Italian election on 24 and 25 February was long-expected to end in a stalemate, but the closeness of the votes and the possibility of a temporary coalition and another election soon have caused big falls on stock markets around the world...

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27 February 2013

Foodbank figures reveal reality of austerity

In a survey of Coventry Foodbank service users by Warwick University, 62.7% said their weekly household income was less than 100 a week, writes Robert McArdle , Coventry East Socialist Party.

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It's time to take over the banks - FBU pamphlet, photo FBU

It's time to take over the banks - FBU pamphlet, photo FBU

20 February 2013

Review: "It's time to take over the banks"

Dave Murray reviews the new "It's time to take over the banks" FBU pamphlet by Michael Roberts and Mick Brooks. Introduction by Matt Wrack, general secretary, FBU...

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14 November 2012

Thames water - corruption personified

Will Hutton's forensic exposure of the mendacity, corruption and downright public deception by Thatcher's government of the mythical benefits of privatisation is a model of investigative journalism (Observer 11.11.12), writes Tony Mulhearn

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NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party

NSSN lobby of the TUC Congress 2012 in Brighton, photo Socialist Party

26 September 2012

Action against austerity

A job that pays a living wage, pleasant and affordable housing, a comfortable retirement, a secure future for our children: none of that is on offer for the majority in Austerity Britain, writes Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary...

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DWP group president Fran Heathcote (with flag) at Leeds Remploy picket line, 26.7.12, photo by K Williams

DWP group president Fran Heathcote (with flag) at Leeds Remploy picket line, 26.7.12, photo by K Williams

12 September 2012

Nationalise the banks

This is an extract of the speech at the TUC congress given by Fran Heathcote, group president of PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions, in support of a motion from the Fire Brigades Union on nationalising the banks

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12 September 2012

Con-Dem housing measures - in 'the thick of it'?

The government has announced a package to revive house building, including 'guarantees' for new homes said to be worth 10 billion, writes Paul Kershaw.

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29 August 2012

Crisis services handed over to charity food banks

Once again The Guardian repeats the line that 'councils will no longer be able to' fund another vital service, this time to maintain emergency crisis loans

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3 August 2012

Carlisle MP given petition against the robbing bankers

Carlisle Socialist Party members handed in a petition this week to local Tory MP John Stevenson with the heading: "Jail The Robbing Bankers"...

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11 July 2012

Libor scandal exposes rotten racketeering system

If the appearance of Bob Diamond before the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee was intended to demonstrate some kind of public accountability of bankers before parliament then it dismally failed...

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Their system, their crisis: kick 'em out! nationalise the banks, photo  Socialist Party

Their system, their crisis: kick 'em out! nationalise the banks, photo Socialist Party

4 July 2012

Jail the banksters! Nationalise the banks under popular democratic control

In 2008 the Socialist warned that: "the calls for regulation are like asking the bank robbers' gangs to keep a check on the bank robbers. What is urgently needed is popular control of the major banks and finance houses, not 'oversight' by unelected quangos and elected capitalist politicians, whose allegiance is to big business." Now the bank robbery has been exposed yet again.

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Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012 "Sack bankers not teachers", photo Paul Mattsson

27 June 2012

Breadline Britain - living in poverty

A series in the Guardian, Breadline Britain, has outlined some shocking statistics about poverty. These figures have smashed apart the Tory propaganda about 'scroungers' and 'the job-shy'...

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