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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 April 2014

Them & Us

House of shame

Culture Secretary Maria Miller's insulting 30-second apology after fiddling thousands of pounds in expenses has reminded the public of the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal.

The culprits included Prime Minister David Cameron claiming expenses to clear wisteria from his second property and 'Mr Austerity', Chancellor George Osborne, claiming expenses not only for his farmhouse but also for the neighbouring paddock! No wonder then that they continue to defend Miller's outrageous behaviour.



No private cure

Having been bankrupted by a rip-off 33-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to solve its financial problems - by turning to the private sector!

Servicing its PFI debts is costing a staggering 42 million a year and is being bailed out by the department for health.

If the contract runs its course the Trust's original 289 million capital spend will have cost it an unbelievable 2 billion.

The nightmare scenario is that a private sector vulture company such as Serco, Circle Health or the much hated Care UK will take over running the Trust.

The obvious solution is to kick out these profit seeking parasites, cancel the PFI contract and bring services back in house.


Zero tolerance

RBS, a byword for capitalist financial failure, has once again bitten the hand that feeds it. This time, the bailed-out publicly owned bank has been advising thousands of UK businesses to draw up zero-hour contracts, which means job insecurity, rubbish pay and crap working conditions.



Revolution

'Warning signs of system failure. No.5 Inequality'

"The 85 richest people on the planet own the same wealth as half the world's population but seem oblivious to the risk of widespread social unrest. So, of course, were the Bourbons and the Romanovs."

Larry Elliot, the Guardian 6/4/14

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In The Socialist 9 April 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

House of Thieves

Housing emergency

Break with pro-cuts Labour now

System change to save the environment

Hillsborough tragedy - the final chapter?

OECD report: A system in crisis

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

Care UK strike: national union support needed

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) elections

Build on the fighting militant traditions of the RMT

Probation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures

Visteon: Ford makes offer

Sparks fight on!

Homes and Communities Agency strike


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Swansea: National Front thwarted!

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition progress update

Doncaster: March commemorates miners' strike

Save Leicester Race Equality Centre

Obituary: Pat James 1930 - 2014

Help with the Socialist sales campaign

Support the Socialist with a May Day greeting


Reviews and readers' comments

Book review: Silent Accomplice

Reviews and comments


 

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