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6 December 2017

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

Donald Trump's tax plans mean he's doing what he does best - making a stack of cash for himself

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8 November 2017

PFI privateers dodge tax

Top privatisation companies don't even pay taxes on the profits they leech out of public services

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11 October 2017

Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

The prime minister has gone from "strong and stable" to spluttering and stuttering in the space of a few short months.

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6 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

In the following article Socialist Alternative members (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) report on the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the failure of establishment politicians and capitalism to prepare for such increasing extreme weather events

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31 May 2017

How can Corbyn's programme be implemented?

Theresa May-hem attacks Jeremy Corbyn for his "nonsensical economic... mismanagement." Yet Tory work and pensions secretary Damian Green admitted: "Our manifesto is not un-costed, we just haven't costed it yet"!

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8 February 2017

Universal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

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10 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

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6 July 2016

Osborne plans to cut corporation tax again

George Osborne announced on 4 July that he would cut corporation tax by a quarter, bringing it from 20% down to just 15%. This new rate will be among the lowest in Europe, pushing forward Osborne's plan to make the UK a global tax haven.

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30 March 2016

Fighting the great tax robbery: taxes and regulation or socialist nationalisation?

Tax avoidance has been in the headlines lately, provoking renewed calls to tax the rich and big business

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9 March 2016

Osborne's 10.4 billion tax lie

Chancellor George Osborne's tax cuts have cost the Treasury 2.4 billion. No surprise there, you might think. But he claimed the reduction had actually increased takings by 8 billion!

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Google HQ, California, United States, photo Robbie Shade (Creative Commons)

Google HQ, California, United States, photo Robbie Shade (Creative Commons)

3 February 2016

Conservatives have no interest in collecting corporation taxes

As millions of ordinary people in Britain suffer from austerity imposed by the Tory government, big businesses are taking the easy way out, writes Emma Clark.

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27 January 2016

Google pays pittance for avoiding 2bn tax

Search engine and advertising giant Google has agreed to pay 130 million in ten years of back taxes. This is a derisory sum considering Google recorded sales in Britain for 2014 alone of 4.5 billion.

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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.

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23 September 2015

Cameron must go

Allegedly, Prime Minister David Cameron fibbed about political sugar daddy Lord Ashcroft's filching 'non-dom' tax status. So says the peer himself. Time to kick out all these corrupt establishment politicians.

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8 July 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

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1 July 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

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11 March 2015

Them & Us

Misery heaped on misery: The Tory/Lib Dem coalition has imposed massive council spending cuts with Labour-run authorities in the poorest boroughs dutifully wielding the axe

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18 February 2015

How the super-rich get away with it

"Tax avoidance - everyone does it." That is according to multimillionaire, former hedge fund manager and Tory donor, Lord Fink

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18 February 2015

Them & Us

Vanilla fudge: Ed Miliband claimed a political victory after Lord Fink retracted his threat to sue the Labour leader who, in a parliamentary bun fight with Prime Minister David Cameron, had accused him of being a "dodgy donor" to the Tories

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11 February 2015

Is Labour anti-big business?

Stefano Pessina the tax-exile billionaire boss of Boots has rounded on Labour's election tax plans as 'anti-growth and anti-business'. However, Tessa Warrington argues that, on the contrary, Labour remains subservient to big business interests, at our expense.

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