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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2014
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Tory Lady's advice bureau
Last year, former Tory whip Lady Rawlings made the press by advising people on low budgets to use electric blankets and hot water bottles to keep warm instead of heating their whole house. Her ladyship lives in a 38-acre, 13-bedroom, 15-bathroom stately home.
Now Lady Rawlings is offering her advice for anyone trying to run a stately pile and entertain 200 guests when finances are slightly tight. She told Tatler magazine that people should not serve guests plated food, let them serve themselves, or risk the lobster going uneaten into the waste bin.
She tells us all not to waste money on marquees for summer parties but to buy 200 Panama hats. If it rains stay inside. If it's hot and sunny give them a Panama. Other snippets of advice include planting a small orchard.
In the midst of poverty, low pay and desperate housing conditions, Lady Bountiful's advice to the lower upper classes was laughable. If we were in Lady Rawlings' advice-giving business we'd say take over underused stately homes to start solving the housing shortage!
Newark's NHS candidate ignored by media
Ignored by the media in the blanket coverage of UKIP in the Newark by-election was the good vote received by one independent candidate. Paul Baggaley received 1,891 votes (4.9%), came fourth beating the Green and Lib Dem candidates and would have saved his deposit with an extra 60 votes.
Paul Baggaley is secretary of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign that has fought for five years against the downgrading of the A&E department and transfer of some services to Mansfield, 18 miles away. As a well-known Save Newark Hospital campaigner he was elected onto Newark town council.
Spending just £2,500 on the election, he was massively out-financed by the main parties. He was not invited onto the platforms of election hustings. Nevertheless, his vote showed the potential for a party opposing all cuts, defending a publicly owned and democratically run NHS, if it also had the backing and resources of trade unions.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 18 June 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Strike back for a living wage
Report shows huge support for taxing rich
Survey shows potential for new mass workers' party
Them & Us
Kshama Sawant to speak at Socialism 2014
International socialist news and analysis
Iraq: Oil war's bloody legacy
Brazil: Upsurge in struggles of workers and homeless
Socialist Party workplace news
How should the RMT maintain Bob Crow's tradition?
Unison local government members want action on pay
Bakers call for £10 minimum wage
Escalation of FBU dispute begins
Lambeth College indefinite strike
Safety Glass workers strike for a real pay rise
Trades council conference: workers won't wait for TUC
Workplace news in brief
Come to the NSSN conference on 5 July
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign reports
Rhydyfelin library saved
Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"
Orgreave 30th anniversary - solidarity and celebration
Birmingham: new Socialist Party branch
Socialist Party Summer Camp 2014
Readers' comments and reviews
"Self-employed" and exploited
Book review: The man who loved dogs
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