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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 October 2015
Them & Us
Renters were appalled - but not shocked - by a supposed London room listing on 30 September.
Twitter user Alex Lomax shared pics of a duvet and pillow spread in an under-stairs cupboard. The stated cost? A mere £500 a month.
It now seems this could have been a shrewd PR stunt rather than a real rental. But either way, it struck a chord with private tenants, especially in London.
Sheds, closets and hammocks in communal rooms are all real manifestations of the housing crisis. Meanwhile, ultra-capitalist tabloid City AM reports super-rich finance workers think nothing of £50,000-plus deposits for luxury London rentals.
Conservatives refuse to let unions ballot members for strikes online, while also demanding higher turnouts. Prime Minister David Cameron says electronic voting is not "safe from fraud".
But apparently it's good enough for the Tories themselves. Their London mayoral candidate, tax dodger Zac Goldsmith, was selected by an online ballot!
Jamaican jail insult
Workers in Jamaica are fuming after an outrageous offer made to the former British colony by David Cameron. He plans to boost the country's infrastructure - by building it a jail to house Jamaicans convicted in Britain.
One caller interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire rightly declared this an "insult". He said the pitiful £25 million offered should at least be used for schools and hospitals.
British capitalists have spent centuries exploiting Jamaica for slaves and cheap labour.
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In The Socialist 7 October 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
'No time to lose' to organise against austerity
Kick out the Tories!
Back our doctors and nurses
NHS cutters pay doctors not to refer sick patients to hospitals
Tories: let pensioners freeze to death, they can't vote us out then
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
The housing crisis - a crisis of the profit system
International socialist news and analysis
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
Emotional and inspiring strikers secure victory
Junior doctors campaign
RMT president election: back Sean Hoyle
Steely anger in Redcar as plant is mothballed
No wage cuts! Fund equal pay in Derby
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
100,000 march against Tory cuts
Kick out the Tory entryists
Anger after violent youth deaths in south London
Enthusiasm for socialism at freshers fairs
Leeds to get 'ethical' letting agency
Cuts to school crossing supervision in Derbyshire
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