Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/690/12998

From The Socialist newspaper, 19 October 2011

Fast news


Higher bills

With winter approaching, UK households face paying their highest ever bills after the 'big six' energy companies jacked up their gas and electricity prices. The average profit margin is now 125 per customer a year for these energy giants - with the average annual dual-fuel bill reaching 1,345. This profit margin represents a staggering 733% increase since June.

Unsurprisingly the government declined to renationalise these parasitic companies, instead merely criticised their insensitive timing of price rises ahead of the winter period. Likewise, Labour complains about the 'energy market' but it too refuses to demand renationalisation.

Ofgem, the toothless energy watchdog, said that its call for energy companies to issue simpler tariffs would make for clearer bills, allowing consumers to choose the best deal possible. This is like enjoying the clarity of a poke in the eye compared to a punch on the nose. But either way you're going to be worse off.


Support Kurdish rights

Kurds and members of other ethnic minority groups in Turkey are calling supporters to join them in a protest in Cardiff at the Welsh Assembly at 11am on Wednesday 26 October.

The Turkish government's long history of the oppression of minority groups is continuing, with an attempted ban on prominent Kurdish figures from standing in elections, a crackdown on the use of Kurdish through prosecutions for 'language crimes' and violent attacks on protesters, including the killing of one man in Bismil on 20 April of this year.

Organiser Metin Gunerigok from Cardiff said: "We must raise our voices and let the whole world know what is being done to the Kurdish people." Socialists support the protest and call for the right of ethnic groups to be free from persecution, to use their own language, and to determine their relationship to other communities.


Stop press

Vik Chechi, the Unison branch secretary of Queen Mary University in east London has been suspended by his employer. It is suspected that this is with a view to sack him because management wants to weaken the union and the anti-cuts campaign in the university, to allow them to drive through over 100 redundancies.

By disarming the union, this would be just the start of the attacks on staff and students alike.

This is also an attack on Unison in particular and the trade unions in general, prior to the expected massive pension strike on 30 November.

Workers cannot afford to see their union strength weakened at this critical time when jobs, terms and conditions and pensions are on the line.

Please protest immediately to Vik's employers demanding his immediate reinstatement - Queen Mary University c.pearson@qmul.ac.uk and 'Centre of the Cell' (part of QMU) f.balkwill@qmul.ac.uk. Send copies to info@shopstewards.net


Anti-capitalist diversion

The greed of the super-rich and the giant corporations awarding themselves huge salaries and bonuses and making mega-profits while the majority of the population suffer austerity, has prompted general strikes and direct action protests around the world.

But bankers aren't the problem according to Andreas Schmitz, who just happens to be the head of the German banking federation. Mr Schmitz says the recent anti-capitalist protests were "a diversion from the fundamental problem: that we can no longer finance our welfare states".


Minority view

Mr Schmitz views are in a minority among electors in New York City. A university opinion poll found two-thirds of voters in NYC agree with the Occupy Wall Street protesters' views. And asked about regulating the financial system 73% agreed laws should be tougher.

A Time magazine poll found that public support for the anti-capitalist protest is running higher than that for the right-wing Tea Party Republicans.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 19 October 2011:


Socialist Party news and analysis

15 October: day of intercontinental resistance

Scandal reveals corrupt influence of big business on government

The Hardest Hit protests

Rocketing rents leave tenants facing eviction

Fast news


Socialism 2011

Come to Socialism 2011


What we think

Mass movement needed to save our NHS


Socialist Party workplace news

Support Remploy workers

Construction electricians march on Blackfriars

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party youth and students

We are the 99% - Fighting for our future

Anti-union, low paying, bullying bosses

Birmingham youth service ravaged by cuts


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Not guilty: Jury rejects the politically motivated charge of 'conspiracy'

Dale Farm - occupiers defiant

More London trade unionists support call for anti-cuts candidates


International socialist news and analysis

Greek workers strike back


Socialist Party review

Reclaim the Game!


Socialist history

Hunger marches - When the unemployed fought back


 

Home   |   The Socialist 19 October 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Energy:

triangleWe're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleCorbyn's manifesto: An important step in the right direction

Kurd:

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

Capitalist:

triangleWhy I joined the Socialist Party: "I started to question whether there was a better way"

triangle'Paradise' for billionaires - austerity for us

triangleSocialism 2017: ideas to change the world

Anti-capitalist:

triangleEditorial of the Socialist, issue 968

triangleTheresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

22/11/17

Labour

After the budget: step up the fight against austerity!

15/11/17

Prisons

4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

15/11/17

Preston

Is cuts-making Preston 'beating Tory austerity'?

15/11/17

Housing

No more excuses: fit sprinklers now!

15/11/17

What we saw

What we saw

15/11/17

Energy

We're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

15/11/17

Tories

Tories on the brink - kick them out!

14/11/17

Socialist

Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

8/11/17

What we saw

What we saw

8/11/17

Child poverty

Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now

8/11/17

Young people

We can win the vote at 16!

8/11/17

Women

Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

8/11/17

Women

Westminster sexual harassment scandal

8/11/17

Students

Walk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

8/11/17

Tax

PFI privateers dodge tax

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
photo: GMB

triangle22 Nov Budget: Lying Hammond says no unemployed

triangle21 Nov Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

More ...

triangle22 Nov Caerphilly Socialist Party: Women and Revolution

triangle22 Nov Cardiff West Socialist Party: How do Marxists analyse the world?

triangle22 Nov Salford Socialist Party: 70 years since the partition of the Indian subcontinent

triangle22 Nov Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Organising for socialist change

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2