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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 February 2016
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Establishment politicians are little better than "ushers and butlers to the wealthy" according to new research on the housing crisis.
Researchers at Goldsmiths, Sheffield and York universities blame social cleansing on toadying MPs and councillors
The research makes the obvious point that out-of-reach rental and mortgage costs are due in part to the mansions of the super-rich distorting the market. But it places the blame squarely with the oily politicians who OK it.
Meanwhile, the housing crisis is getting so bad that even one Tory MP has moved back in with his parents.
William Wragg, 28, earns £74,000 a year plus expenses. Even so, high rental costs mean he says he can't afford a deposit for a house while renting. The MP for Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester isn't alone.
42% of Londoners in their 20s are holding off on starting a family due to high housing costs. And four in five aged between 20 and 29 have thought about moving out of London, according to the survey by Opinium Research.
'Prevent' v Badge
Britain's anti-terror police have saved us again - from the chilling prospect of a school student being allowed to go about wearing a badge.
A school in Bedfordshire referred 17-year-old Rahmann Mohammadi to cops, apparently for sporting a "Free Palestine" badge in class. Rahmann also asked to raise money for Palestinian children and read out pro-Palestine literature.
The referral was part of the government's 'Prevent' scheme. The Socialist has called for opposition to Prevent, which is anti-democratic, divisive and racist. We support workers in Palestine and Israel struggling against occupation, state and individual terrorism, and capitalism.
Read more about fighting Prevent at socialistparty.org.uk, 'Tories "Prevent" civil liberties'
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In The Socialist 17 February 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Councils have a choice: no cuts to jobs or services
Junior doctors must stand firm
£300 million to cushion cuts in Tory councils
Scotland: battle heats up against council cuts
US fears EU exit will hinder vulture privatisers
Liverpool fans score victory v £77 ticket hike
Record-high 170 evictions a day
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
An open letter to John McDonnell from Tony Mulhearn
International socialist news and analysis
Irish election: fighting on an anti-austerity agenda
Socialist Party youth and students
Socialist Students conference 2016: Delegates enthusiastic and confident
Socialist Party workplace news
Doctors' strike 10th February - photos and reports
Rally to defend jobs in Northern Ireland: "We won't sit on the sidelines"
Library workers prepare to escalate strike action
Historic joint further education strike
Public meetings show readiness of workers to fight back
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Hands off the Butterfields estate!
Sheffield no-cuts People's Budget conference
Southampton: absence of Corbynism as Labour swings Tory axe again!
"Staines has never seen anything like it!"
Students, unions and parents unite to save Pent Valley School
"You can cut the cake but not our libraries!"
London lobbies against cuts to jobs and services
Readers' comments and reviews
If I had been in 1980s Labour, I'd have supported Militant
Socialist's anti-war art on show in Bradford
Letter: Brum Blairite
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