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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 February 2016

Them & Us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Money missed...

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.

...money missing

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

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Tories bankrupting NHS

Defiant mood as junior doctors demonstrate

Lawyers defeat Tories' unjust legal aid cuts

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'Pro-rape' anti-feminist Roosh V humiliated

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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

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