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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 February 2016
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
A Tory MP earns so much moolah moonlighting as a barrister that he didn't notice £400,000 entering his account.
Geoffrey Cox explained he was busy setting up new offices in the tax havens Dubai and Mauritius when the £400,000 came in. For this reason, he failed to declare eleven payments totalling £400,000.
As a result of the £400,000 oversight, he stood down as a member of the Commons Standards Committee.
But his former colleagues' only disciplinary action against him was to ask him to say sorry. For not declaring £400,000.
Four. Hundred. Thousand. Pounds.
Meanwhile, 16 million workers will be worse off under the Tories' new flat-rate state pension.
53% of 43-year-olds, and 76% of 24-year-olds, will lose entitlements worth thousands of pounds over their retirement, according to research by the Telegraph.
MPs, on the other hand, will receive splendid pensions based on their career average salary. They currently earn £74,000 a year.
The Socialist calls for MPs to take only an average worker's wage, and campaigns for decent pensions for all.
Mum's the word
Parents can be so embarrassing, especially if you're prime minster. David Cameron's mum - and now his auntie too - are campaigning against cuts in his home constituency of Witney.
Mary Cameron and sister Clare Currie oppose the Tory council's cuts to children's centres in Oxfordshire. David himself even disingenuously spoke against the council's attacks.
Perhaps you should stop ordering cuts, Dave?
While childcare centres disappear for us, in 2014 Cameron proposed a 20% childcare tax break for high-income families earning up to £300,000.
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In The Socialist 10 February 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight council cuts!
Tories bankrupting NHS
Defiant mood as junior doctors demonstrate
Lawyers defeat Tories' unjust legal aid cuts
Cushy government job for Amazon boss
'Pro-rape' anti-feminist Roosh V humiliated
Liverpool fans walk out against ticket price hikes
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
Mental health: system in crisis
Mental health: My battle for the help I needed
What we think
Cameron's EU renegotiation charade
Don't give money to Ukip and Tory EU campaigners!
Momentum, Labour and the Socialist Party
Lack of strategy and exclusions threaten Momentum
Birmingham: socialists kicked out of Momentum
Labour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts
Socialist Party workplace news
No-cuts strategy needed to save 25,000 council jobs
Local government union backs no-cuts council budgets
Big victory at Small Heath School against academy attack
Cuts to premiums mean no 'rise' in store for Tesco workers
Leicester taxi dispute: Labour's rank hypocrisy
South London: Library workers strike to save services
Continued action in crane drivers' pay dispute
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Portsmouth: support for anti-austerity stand
Leeds meeting expresses Corbyn and McDonnell's contradictions
Socialist Party members inspired by conference
Torbay: "A tale of two towns"
Anger against plans to close Bradford libraries
NHS campaign gains support
International socialist news and analysis
Sanders' socialist message rattling the establishment
US elections: Clinton coins it
International news in brief
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