The Socialist 9 January 2019 |
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Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Blairite ex-foreign secretary David Miliband received compensation worth £680,000 last year for his charity job, reports the Times.
The privatisation-loving warmonger is now head of the 'International Rescue Committee' which helps victims of war and disasters.
Miliband's basic salary alone is $708,754 according to the charity's accounts. The minimum wage in Iraq - bombed into dust by his government's policies - is $2,534 a year, according to the US State Department.
Bankers' boarding cards v millennials' railcards
Trains are packed, unreliable and overpriced, photo Kurtis Garbutt (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
The Bank of England has had to tighten its belt after two of its advisers chalked up £390,000 in travel expenses.
One central banker claimed £11,000 for a transatlantic flight, while another spent £469 on taxis... for one meeting. Outrage over the summer provoked a new expenses policy in December.
Meanwhile, hard-up millennials queued online for up to 12 hours to buy the newly introduced 26-30 discount railcard when it was released on 2 January.
Why? Young workers can barely afford a roof over our heads, let alone the train robbers' ransoms.
Queen v music
The queen's Christmas message to austerity Britain was delivered in a typically tone-deaf setting: her backdrop was a hand-painted 1856 golden French piano.
The publicly funded super-rich sovereign didn't even have the decency to get behind the ivories and tinkle out a tune!
Meanwhile, cuts and restrictions on the curriculum have meant falling numbers of music teachers and music GCSE entries. An 8% drop in each between 2010 and 2015, says House of Commons research.