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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
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:
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No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity
Teachers force Tory academies u-turn
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Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!
Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators
What we saw
Them & Us
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 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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