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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 June 2016
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
A police force plans to tackle shoplifting by giving away free underwear and hygiene products.
Cambridgeshire Police have watched a rising trend of young people stealing essentials like knickers and sanitary products. Endless poverty is forcing growing numbers to shoplift just to achieve basic dignity.
This follows Italian judges ruling that stealing small amounts of food is not a crime if you are destitute and hungry. Italian daily La Stampa approvingly reported that the "right to survival prevails over property."
The real crime is a system which consistently drives people into such desperate situations. It is private property - specifically, capitalist ownership of industry and distribution for profit - which maintains this.
The Socialist doubts the tops of the police and judiciary will look as kindly on a mass movement which wants the economy switched from being bosses' property into workers' property.
... £1,000 Shop
While poverty forces workers and young people to steal to survive, the 1%'s answer to the pound shop is due to open in Mayfair.
The '£1,000 Shop' will offer 'discount' jewellery, watches and fashion to the capital's elite. Everything is knocked down to the low, low price of £1,000.
Poverty is not a joke for the super-rich to play silly little games with. It is the toxic by-product of the outdated capitalist way of organising society, heaped on those who make the capitalists' profits for them.
The bosses mock us at their peril.
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In The Socialist 1 June 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Shatter the Tories: vote out
Motion passed for no-cuts council budgets
Jobseekers told: take three-hour commute
Public asset sales will lose us money
Stop Ryedale fracking
Them & Us
Tories out to knife the BBC
France: struggle against government intensifies
France 1936: sit-in strikes
Fighting austerity: French strikes show the way
What we think
Tories tearing themselves apart over EU referendum: vote leave to get Cameron out
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference takes serious approach to key political and industrial questions
Could it be 3 strikes and you're out at 2 Sisters?
Welsh Government under attack at Wales TUC conference...and museum strikers close to victory
University lecturers strike for fair pay
Thomas Cook cabin crew to strike over breaks
BIS office closure: Anger and determination to fight on
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Property speculators target Butterfields tenants
Pent Valley campaigners take council to judicial review
George Tomlinson school: Academy fears
Birmingham Labour council takes credit for Tory privatisation
Peterborough PFI palaver
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International socialist news and analysis
Solidarity with protesters in Kazakhstan
Portugal: Lisbon dockers' victory
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Film: Money Monster
Obituary: Simon Gomery 1968-2016
Letter: Parcel farce
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