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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 June 2016

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Parcel farce

Trying to get a parcel delivered has reminded me why we need a socialist planned economy.

Firstly, a second parcel is going to be delivered by a different delivery company at the same time to the same address, showing how wasteful capitalist competition is. But I can also track the driver's delivery route - which shows them five streets away from the delivery address, driving in the opposite direction, because they have to make another 60 deliveries before mine, causing extra pollution for no reason. It really shows how wasteful capitalism can be.

Helen Pattison, London

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In The Socialist 1 June 2016:


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Motion passed for no-cuts council budgets

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France

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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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