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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 March 2013

Them & Us

Leveson confusion

First disagreements over press regulation were going to tear the government apart, then we were supposed to breathe a sigh of relief that they'd come to an agreement... while remaining strangely quiet about what exactly that involved.

And beneath the talk of royal charters, recognition bodies and two-thirds majorities, lies the fact that the deal was struck by a tiny group of MPs and celebrities with none of the usual pre-legislative scrutiny and potentially lays the basis for further attacks on democratic rights.

Workfare law

130 million is owed by the government to about a quarter of a million unemployed people. That was the ruling of the judge in the case brought by Cait Reilly who had been forced to take part in one of the government's workfare schemes.

Specifically, participants were not given enough information about the scheme or their rights.

But apparently the government doesn't think it has to listen to what a judge says - so an emergency law is being rushed through parliament to overturn the decision, disgracefully with nothing more than an abstention from Labour.

MPs' expenses 2012

Cameron: 119,149 (up 12%)

Osborne: 111,735 (up 20%)

Clegg: 148,583 (up 34%)

Alexander: 149,176 (up 16%)

Manufacturing miracle?

There is an annual shortfall of 40,000 science, technology, engineering and maths graduates. The Social Market Foundation says the biggest factors behind the problem are the small number of women studying sciences and limits on immigration.

The group also points out that this presents a bit of a problem for the government's grand plan of a manufacturing-based recovery.

How can we find and train 40,000 extra science graduates a year? Well, a start would be to lift the cap on student numbers, scrap tuition fees and offer guaranteed decent jobs in a relevant industry.

Alarm and distress

Wouldn't we all want to make a fuss if David Cameron was invited to turn on the Christmas lights in our home town? For Bethan Tichborne, that has led to a criminal record and fines of nearly 800.

Cameron was turning on the lights in his constituency of Witney when Bethan, a teaching assistant who works with disabled children, attempted to climb over the barriers and shouted 'blood on your hands' in a protest against cuts to disability benefits and support.

She was found guilty of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress...

We're sure Cameron's words and behaviour towards disabled people and their services have caused plenty of alarm and distress.

The over-1m club

It's almost stopped being shocking - Santander is the latest bank to reveal the number of bankers paid more than 1 million in 2012.

This time a 'modest' 19 reached these dizzying heights of the pay scale. Chief executive Ana Botin was paid 4 million!

Tweets this week

Helen Ridett

Agenda 4 change is being attacked 2 'save money'...NHS staff are already on a pay freeze and our pensions are being eroded #saveourNHS #unison

Martin Powell-Davies

Average weekly wage the same as 2002 - 11 year freeze, industrial production at level of over 20 years ago! #SERTUC #austerity conference

Grumpyhatlady

I'm not a Labour member and no longer a Labour voter but abstaining on #workfare will ensure *I NEVER VOTE LABOUR EVER AGAIN*

Tony Saunois

250k extra school places needed next year. 33% of them in London. So #ConLibjunta cuts and privatises education.

GlosSocialists

The biggest Food Bank supplier, the Trussel Trust is set to launch an appeal for 1m to prepare for increased demand caused by welfare changes.

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Building TUSC in the unions

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Help build an alternative to the pro-cuts press with a May Day greeting

Socialist Party subs appeal


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Another victory in the battle against Unison witch-hunt

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Revenue and Customs wants to end face-to-face contact

Clapham march to save fire station

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Books that inspired me

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