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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016

Them & Us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

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

Toy story

Royal sprog Princess Charlotte has received a golden rattle for her first birthday. Rubies, diamonds and sapphires pick out a Union Jack on the 18-karat, 30,000 white gold 'toy'.

It's a gift from a firm in the United States. The Socialist seems to recall that nation fighting a revolutionary war to be rid of the establishment Charlotte involuntarily represents.

But these days, the monarchy is a tool of the same establishment interests which control the US: capitalism. Small wonder that super-rich Chinese 'Communist' dictator Xi Jinping also paid tribute - in his case, with silk figurines.

Even by the government's own massaged statistics, 2.3 million UK children were living in relative poverty last June. In the same month, anti-monarchy group Republic estimated that royalty costs the taxpayer 334 million a year.

That's enough for 145 of birthday and Christmas presents for every child in the UK in poverty. Of course, food bank-reliant parents will likely want to feed them first.

Khan you believe it?

A disused garage in west London has sold for 466,000.

That's 182,000 more than the average UK house price. The Hammersmith home-to-be even brought in 58,000 more than the London average.

Perhaps the capital's new Labour mayor will take effective action to end our spiralling housing crisis? If form's anything to go by, the answer can only be no.

Sadiq Khan, the staunchly anti-Corbyn Blairite former minister, took almost 30,000 in donations from two parasite landlords.

10,000 came from a Mancunian firm which magistrates fined 14,000 for breaching tenant safety rules. And 19,900 came from a south London developer which campaigns against landlord licensing.

Khan's promise to "name and shame" some 'rogue' landlords is all very well. But we need rent control and council homes. 29,900 says Khan disagrees.

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In The Socialist 11 May 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories retreat: now drive them out!

No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity

Teachers force Tory academies u-turn

TUSC announces '20-city tour': the socialist case against the EU

Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!

Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators

What we saw

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Socialist readers' comments and reviews

John Mann's Israel hypocrisy

Council estate exhibition shows the full picture

Film review: Eddie the Eagle

The Socialist postbag


Elections 2016

Elections showed anger and fragmentation

TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington

Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

Wales: no change and all change

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool


Workplace news and analysis

Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

Trade Union Bill becomes law

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Let kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests

What way forward for Tamil rights?

Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched

May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls


International socialist news and analysis

Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity

How to trump Donald


 

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