Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/882/21903

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

Quote, unquote

1) Who described corruption allegations against him a "witch-hunt"?

2) Who was judge Lord Burns referring to when he said: "Not every lie amounts to perjury"?

3) Who admitted engaging in "vanilla bland" tax avoidance?

4) Who did the IPCC not prosecute "because of the passage of time"?

5) Who described disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson a "friend" and "a huge talent"?

6) Whose Great British Bake Off's racist comment caused a media storm?

7) Who called for "a proper revolution" on BBC Question Time?

8) Who dismissed the all-London bus drivers' strike for equal pay as "ridiculous"?

9) Which Tory peer wrote to the Cayman Islands government dismissing the UK government's tax avoidance measures as a "purely political gesture"?

Whereabouts?

1) Which country voted to legalise same-sex marriage?

2) Where did a public sector general strike take place on 13 March?

3) Where did the biggest general strike (possibly ever) take place?

4) Where did teachers' strikes, combined with student and parent protests, stop local schools becoming academies?

5) Where did steelmaking end after 100 years?

6) Where did the death in police custody of black American Freddie Gray spark mass protests and a state of emergency being declared?

Who and whom

1) Whose murder triggered a near collapse of the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive?

2) Whose revelations about David Cameron's alleged porcine activities temporarily diverted press headlines from attacking Jeremy Corbyn?

3) Whose reward for saving people from a fire was a £9,000 a year pay cut?

4) Whose "defeat devices" led to a global fraud?

5) Who in the UK got a 10% pay rise?

6) Whose secretive private banking arm assisted the super-rich to dodge taxes and conceal billions of dollars in assets?

7) Who has been charged with false imprisonment of the deputy prime minister?

8) Who won higher pay, permanent jobs and improved working conditions after all-out strike action?

9) Who was removed from office by an Election Court judge?

10) Name the peer who resigned over a sex and drugs scandal.

11) Who lost $4 trillion in June?

12) Name the satirical French magazine whose staff were murdered by Islamist terrorists?

13) Name the company which quit running Hinchingbrooke NHS hospital?

14) In October, who lost the shirts off their backs?

15) Who, having told Greek workers to accept austerity, turned out not to have paid taxes?

16) Who said they wouldn't oppose Chancellor Osborne's welfare cuts?

Playing the percentages

1) What percentage of trade union members must vote to trigger a valid strike ballot according to the government's (anti-) Trade Union Bill?

2) What percentage of the electorate voted Tory in May's general election?

3) What percentage of homes in England was deemed "unaffordable" for an average income family?

4) What percentage vote did Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn receive in his successful election?

5) In a July referendum, what percentage of Greek voters rejected austerity?

6) According to the Office for National Statistics, what increased by 19% last year?

7) Whose 55.5% of the vote secured re-election?

In numbers

1) How many Syrian war refugees will the Tory government resettle in the UK by 2020?

2) How many MPs are private landlords?

3) How many Labour MPs were elected from Scotland in May's general election?

4) According to Oxfam, 80 billionaires globally own as much wealth as how many people?

5) How long did the PCS union organised National Gallery strike last?


Answers

Quote, unquote

1) Fifa's ex-president, Sepp Blatter

2) Convicted ex-News of the World editor and Cameron spin doctor Andy Coulson during his abandoned perjury trial

3) Former Tory party treasurer, Lord Fink

4) South Yorkshire Police over assaulting striking miners in 1984 at Ogreave, and perverting the course of justice

5) David Cameron. In 2011 Clarkson called for striking public sector workers to be executed

6) Daily Mail columnist Amanda Platell. Disgracefully, the Mail later commented that winner Nadiya Hussain, a Muslim, came from Leeds as did three of the 7/7 London suicide bombers

7) Writer and broadcaster Coren Mitchell, regarding the current housing crisis

8) Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin

9) David Maclean, aka Baron Blencathra

Whereabouts?

1) The Irish Republic - 61% said yes

2) Northern Ireland

3) India. An estimated 150 million workers struck against the Modi government's anti-worker policies

4) Lewisham, south London

5) Redcar. SSI company was wound up on 2 October with the loss of 2,200 jobs

6) Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Who and whom

1) Ex-IRA member Kevin McGuigan

2) Former 'non-dom' and Tory deputy chairman, Lord Ashcroft

3) British Airways cabin crew who rescued 170 passengers aboard flight 2276 at Las Vegas airport

4) Volkswagen. The world's largest car manufacturer rigged engine pollution tests

5) MPs, (plus a £50,000 pension top-up) while imposing another year's pay freeze on public sector workers

6) HSBC in Switzerland

7) Irish Anti-Austerity Alliance TD (MP) and Socialist Party member Paul Murphy and other anti-water charges protesters, who peacefully blockaded Joan Burton's car

8) 117 hospital workers in Dundee

9) Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

10) Take your pick! In July it was the Lord's deputy speaker, Baron John Sewel

11) China's stock markets

12) Charlie Hebdo

13) Circle Health

14) Air France executives when their board meeting was stormed by striking workers protesting job losses

15) Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund

16) Interim leader Harriet Harman (only 48 out of 232 Labour MPs voted against the government)

Playing the percentages

1) A minimum 40% of eligible members must vote yes

2) 24%

3) 80%, according to homelessness charity Shelter

4) 59.5% first preference votes

5) 61.5%. Only for EU austerity measures to be passed by a majority of Syriza MPs

6) People employed on zero-hour contracts

7) Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant in Seattle's city council elections

Numbers

1) 20,000 or around six per constituency

2) 126 - one-in-five. That includes 89 Tory, 25 Labour and eight SNP MPs

3) One - Losing 40 of 41 seats previously held

4) 3.5 billion, 50% of the world's population

5) Eight months (3 February to 2 October), and was largely successful

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


In The Socialist 9 December 2015:


What we think

How can Corbyn and the left win in the Labour Party?

International Brigades fought against capitalism, not for


Socialist Party news and analysis

Defending the right to deselect warmongers

Young people accused of extremism

Rail fares and profits rise as service suffers

Tax-dodging drug firm shuts research facility

Them & Us

Quiz of the year


International socialist news and analysis

French elections - Le Pen's far-right FN surges

Venezuela elections

Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights

Ireland - defend the Jobstown protesters

Sweden - public housing victory

Belgium - party congress success


Socialist Party feature

Floods reveal effect of government cuts

Carlisle - lives and livelihoods devastated

Capitalism's climate change policy failure


War and terrorism

A week of anti-war campaigning in Walthamstow


Workplace news and analysis

Interview with new RMT president

Unison general secretary election in crisis

Trade unions must join the fight for steel nationalisation

Strike in support of suspended headteacher

NSSN action in the North East

Workplace news in brief

Readers' comments and reviews

Eleanor Marx: A life of struggle, solidarity and socialism


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

TV review: Tomorrow's Food

Letters


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight to save our NHS

Thousands march around the country against the bombing of Syria

Confronting the far right in Derby

Subs campaign: have you increased yours yet?

North West fighting fund week of action!

The Socialist Christmas schedule

Socialist Party national committee meeting


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 December 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Socialist Party:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

Workers:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

triangleRussia, October 1917: When workers took power

Government:

triangleCampaign against political repression in Hong Kong

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Strike:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

MPs:

triangleMagic money tree

Pay:

triangleWhat we saw

Election:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Austerity:

triangleTories torn - bin them now

Union:

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Socialist:

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

London:

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Public sector:

triangleBalloting members on the pay cap

Sex:

triangleRacist smears won't stop child sex abuse

Northern Ireland:

triangleBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

Tax:

triangleThem & Us

Taxes:

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

Jobs:

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

Trade union:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Police:

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

David Cameron:

triangleThe Tories must be driven out

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleThe end of the Tories?

General strike:

triangleSupporting the general strike in Catalonia

General election:

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Ireland:

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

Hospital:

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

Scotland:

triangleWhere is Scotland going?

Schools:

triangleOne in four teenage girls depressed - crisis made worse by cuts

State:

triangleShocking insight into Isis

Shelter:

triangle200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

SNP:

triangleScotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more

Socialist Alternative:

triangleBending the knee v Trump

South Yorkshire:

triangle'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Seattle:

triangleYoung people are searching for an alternative - find it at Socialism 2017

Racist:

triangleGerman elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

PCS:

triangleSocialist Party PCS bulletin: Scrap the pay cap

National Gallery:

trianglePCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

Student:

triangleFreshers week campaigning reports

Paul Murphy:

triangleBuilding workers' struggle and the forces of international socialism

Pension:

triangleSet for national strike action

Revolution:

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

Refugees:

triangleHundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

Press:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Rich:

triangleWhole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

Water:

triangleJobstown Not Guilty trial round-up

NHS:

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

War:

triangleChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Volkswagen:

triangle47,000 kids exposed to illegal toxic air

Wealth:

triangleCapitalism and human progress

Welfare:

triangleMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

Zero-hour contracts:

triangleUsdaw elections announced - fight for a left leadership, vote for Amy Murphy

Witch-hunt:

triangleLivingstone's smear of Militant

USA:

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Trial:

triangleJobstown trial begins

Teachers:

triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

Syriza:

triangleHow the Single Market blocks socialist policies

Switzerland:

triangleTense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

The Socialist:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Tory party:

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

Transport:

triangleTravel chaos for Ryanair customers as airline cancels thousands of flights

Tower Hamlets:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

Super-rich:

triangleReject Starmer's Single Market u-turn

Homelessness:

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Cuts:

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Council elections:

triangleSurrey FBU pass no confidence motion

Council:

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

Drivers:

triangleGig economy exploiter Uber loses London licence

Drugs:

triangleTories wreck our NHS

Elections:

triangleHong Kong: mass demonstration against repression

EU:

triangleAnti-austerity opposition needed to seize on Tories' weakness

Dundee:

triangleScotland: Towards a second indyref?

China:

triangleKorean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

British Airways:

triangleBA poverty pay dispute enters new phase of action

Airport:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Academies:

triangleCorbyn pledges council powers to take over academies

Andy Coulson:

triangleCoulson case collapses amid stench of hypocrisy

Anti-austerity:

triangleManchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

Black:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Black workers and the British trade unions

Equal pay:

triangleUS: women ice hockey players' strike threat wins living wage

Family:

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

Leeds:

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

Kshama Sawant:

triangleInternational news in brief

India:

triangleExtreme weather events and global warming

Lewisham:

triangleLewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

Lord Ashcroft:

triangleThem & Us

Miners:

triangleWarts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

Media:

triangleNew documentary asks women how their bodies are sexualised and policed

Marriage:

triangleLessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

IRA:

triangleMartin McGuinness: from IRA leader to Stormont minister

IPCC:

trianglePolice officers face misconduct charges over attack on 'freedom ride'

Global:

triangleGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

France:

triangleFrench Labour reform protests

Fire:

triangleNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

HSBC:

triangleFinancial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

Health:

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

Housing:

triangleEast London summit fails to address housing crisis

Homes:

triangleLedbury tenants fight for decent homes

Muslim:

triangleFinsbury Park attack: No to terror, racism, war and austerity!

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

18/10/17

Port Talbot

Powerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

18/10/17

Russian revolution

October 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

11/10/17

Theresa May

Theresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

11/10/17

Docks

Poverty, repression and fightback on the docks

11/10/17

The Socialist

The Socialist Inbox

11/10/17

TV

Shocking insight into Isis

2/10/17

Sexism

Hugh Hefner's exploitation of women

27/9/17

Football

Women's football - Sampson allegations

20/9/17

Letters

The Socialist Inbox

20/9/17

Socialist

Interview: the "socialist John Le Carré"

20/9/17

Women

Refreshing, anticapitalist - but little pointing a way forward

13/9/17

Women

New documentary asks women how their bodies are sexualised and policed

13/9/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

13/9/17

Che Guevara

Intimate insight into a revolutionary icon

6/9/17

Pensions

Bosses' pensions robbery

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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