Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/796/18074

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 January 2014

Them and Us

Not giving Atos

Atos, the private company used by the government to conduct its work capability assessments of disabled welfare claimants, is notorious for accusations of harassing claimants.

The latest victim of the government's ruthless 'back-to-work' campaign is Sheila Holt from Rochdale - a long-term sufferer of bi-polar disorder.

She was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in December after suffering a breakdown when her income support was withdrawn.

Subsequently, Sheila had a heart attack and is in a coma. But this did not stop Atos from sending her another letter reportedly asking why she hasn't found employment!

Below minimum

Chancellor George Osborne, having switched to 'election mode', is trumpeting the call for a limited rise in the minimum wage (currently 6.31 an hour) this October.

It's part of the government's nonsense propaganda of 'having all endured austerity together, we should now all enjoy the 'recovery' together'.

However, the architect of this government's austerity programme is silent on the fact that inspections into employers not paying the minimum wage have slumped from 1,492 before the 2010 general election to a mere 431 last year.

Recovery bull

Osborne continues to hog the media headlines with his economic 'recovery' mantra. He should try selling that bull to GP surgeries overwhelmed with queues of desperate patients booking appointments to claim food bank vouchers.

In the last year, over 500,000 people have been forced to use food banks in order to properly feed themselves.

Paying the piper

A secretive, elite dining group of Tory donors enjoys direct access to the prime minister and government ministers.

Members of the 'Leader's Group' must donate a minimum of 50,000 a year to Tory party coffers. In return they get regular dinners, lunches and drinks receptions with David Cameron and other leading Tory cohorts. Membership of the group is dominated by hedge fund managers and bankers.

Between them these puppet masters have donated an estimated 43 million to the nasty party since 2001.

This political lobbying culture of the mega-rich will escape the narrow restrictions of the government's mis-named Lobbying Bill, which does, however, further impede the democratic rights of trade unions.

Star ratings

The Chinese 'Communist' party regime's anti-corruption campaign is primarily a political tool to enable president Xi Jinping to win some popularity as the country's wealth gap grows ever wider and to impose greater control over China's vast and unwieldy state apparatus.

However, far fewer officials were prosecuted this year compared to the average for the past five years.

Amusingly, more than 50 Chinese hotels have asked to be downgraded from five-star to four-star ratings in order to regain business from chastened party officials who are expected to rein-in their conspicuous consumption.

What we saw

The real benefits street

A video response to Channel 4's Benefits Street from Socialist Party supporters of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Shortcut link http://bit.ly/1cj3lla

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


In The Socialist 29 January 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Recovery? More Tory Lies!

Brighton Green referendum offers no alternative to cuts

Landlords, the real beneficiaries of benefits street

Them and Us


International socialist news and analysis

Davos: World capitalism means increased inequality

New mineworkers' strikes in South Africa


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

We need councillors who stand up for us

Plymouth TUSC plans for 2014 elections


Stop London Underground cuts

Support the tube workers' strikes

Determined strikes can stop London Underground in its tracks


Socialist Party workplace news

University workers continue strike action over pay

Land Registry threatened with sell-off

PCS leadership elections

NUT activists meet to push for action

NSSN launched in south of England

Workplace news in brief


The Socialist readers' comments

Debate on the environment

A waste of a Friday evening


Fight all cuts!

Derbyshire: 'Old Labour' cuts hurt just as much

Carmarthenshire council rats

Spelthorne residents demand fire cuts are stopped

Leeds Labour breaks bedroom tax promise


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Bakers union launches fast food rights campaign

Socialist Party Northern region conference


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 January 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Austerity:

triangleDesperate divisions in Tories - Corbyn and unions must act

triangleThem & us

triangleHarrogate NSSN: Fight austerity in Harrogate

triangleJordan: Workers and youth remove prime minister and demand end to austerity

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Government:

triangleTamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

triangleDWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

trianglePeople's Assembly event lacks understanding of task facing Corbyn

triangleEast London housing workers fight privatisation of pay

Food:

triangleSave Free School Meals!

triangleWhat's behind the surge in eating disorders?

triangleCarlisle: Alternative Burns night

Minimum wage:

triangleSocialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it

triangleTax Amazon movement wins in Seattle

Benefits:

triangleUniversal Credit delivers claimant misery and will cost more than it saves

Claimants:

triangleUniversal credit: set up to fail

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

20/6/18

NHS

Save our NHS

20/6/18

Socialist

Desperate divisions in Tories - Corbyn and unions must act

20/6/18

Donald Trump

No to Trump's climate change chaos

20/6/18

The Socialist

1000 issues of the Socialist: A vital weapon standing in proud traditions

20/6/18

Them & Us

Them & Us

20/6/18

Refugees

Refugee suicide scandal - fight for jobs, homes and services for all

20/6/18

Universal Credit

Universal Credit delivers claimant misery and will cost more than it saves

20/6/18

What we saw

What We Saw

13/6/18

Trump

Five reasons to walk out on 13 July

13/6/18

Women

How can we fight for trade unions that fight for women?

13/6/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell: still waiting for justice

13/6/18

Them & Us

Them & us

13/6/18

London

Pay rises of 283% needed for most to afford London homes

13/6/18

Retail

Retail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

13/6/18

Carillion

City vultures make millions from Carillion chaos

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999