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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 November 2015
What we saw
Victoria Coren Mitchell on BBC Question Time, 5.11.2015 (Click to enlarge)
"We need a proper revolution!"
Wealthy broadcaster and presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell got a rapturous reception from the audience of Question Time on 5 November - saying: "We need a proper revolution!" She reflected working class anger over housing - while Labour and Tory representatives squabbled over who was at fault.
Coren Mitchell also said: "The idea that any young person, unless they are the child of a Russian oligarch, can live in London any more is preposterous. I think what has to happen is all of the young people, all of the workforce, just have to leave London. Work somewhere else.
"The government has to find something to offer people outside of London, to regenerate other parts of the country, and they'll leave. All of these super-wealthy people with their iceberg houses with no nurses, no policemen, no firemen and no-one to clean the house, no-one to deliver the mail to houses."
Coren Mitchell highlights the power of ordinary people and their indispensable role in society. But the low-paid and poor shouldn't be forced to give up and leave cities. A coordinated fightback against this vicious system is what's needed.
Jeremy Corbyn heading a football during Prime Minister's Questions. Corbyn photo David Holt, ball photo Jarrett Campbell, both Creative Commons, composite James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
On me 'ead!
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined protests for a living wage for staff at Arsenal football club on 8 November. The left winger is swimming against the Blairite mainstream in Labour's parliamentary group. But he looked right at home supporting low-paid workers ahead of the team's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
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In The Socialist 11 November 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bail out the NHS
Socialist policies get results!
Government departments agree to hack budgets
Tories open the door to further rises in tuition fees
Fury as India's leader Modi plans to visit Britain
Buyers queue overnight for 'affordable' London homes
School kids must walk hands behind backs says head
Them & Us
What we saw
Socialist Party feature
Socialism 2015: Socialist ideas back on the agenda
International socialist news and analysis
USA: Kshama Sawant re-elected
UK trade props up Kazakh dictatorship
Workplace news and analysis
Unions should keep independence to lead fight to defend Corbyn
CWU rep sacked
Hull council in aggressive attack on trade unions
Step up the fight for trade union rights
Huge support for socialist in Northern Ireland union election
Workers dig in for fight over job threat
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Can biomass energy be part of a socialist plan of production?
Revolutionary themes in games
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Save steel jobs
Jeremy Corbyn visits Leeds Uni
Southampton council: cutters or Corbynistas?
Derby school support staff: fight against pay cuts continues
Fight now on to save disabled respite centre
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