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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 October 2016
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Handouts for prince
A multibillionaire Saudi prince receives over £400,000 in European Union handouts - just to breed racehorses.
Khalid Abdullah al Saud is one of the UK's top farming subsidy recipients. The EU parcels out taxpayers' money on the basis of amount of land owned, rather than benefit to the public.
The queen is also a top beneficiary. Estates she owns or part-owns get £557,707.
To be fair, Elizabeth II only owns one manor house in Norfolk. And a castle in Scotland. And 18,454 hectares of land.
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are actually loans from the public. Apparently we can find no other use for their combined 465 bedrooms.
The Socialist says: stop subsidising big landowners. Nationalise the land. Spend the cash on homes, green energy, conservation and sustainable farming.
Homelessness for us
A top property developer has kept a Mayfair apartment block built for working class tenants empty for a year.
British Land bought up land in the exclusive London district to throw up more luxury apartments. But planning rules meant it also had to build some low-rent flats for social tenants and key workers.
The firm claims it had "no concern that the marketing of one would affect the success of the other."
But it also blames the delay on the difficulty of attracting or becoming a registered social landlord. The only reason to do this is because such landlords have the power to filter out some 'undesirable' council tenants.
Other developers have kept super-rich clients happy with segregated entrances - known as "poor doors".
No to poor doors. Reverse the social cleansing of inner city areas. For high-quality, genuinely affordable, secure homes for all.
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In The Socialist 5 October 2016:
What we think
Combative, vibrant unions should be central to the Corbyn movement
Socialist Party news and analysis
Come to Socialism 2016!
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Asos workers fear taking toilet breaks, sacked for panic attacks
UK workers born in early 1980s half as wealthy as those born in 1970s
Millions have less than £100 savings
Them & Us
What we saw
Black History Month
Fighting racism today
Workplace news and analysis
RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist
Durham teaching assistants ballot for strike
Napo conference 2016: new mood of determination
London Met strike against job cuts and victimisation
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Corbyn's praise for Cardiff Labour is mistaken
Review: where you live can kill you
Review: international jazz protest storytelling
The Socialist inbox
Socialist ideas - winning a new generation of students
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Thousands march against Tory conference
Protests against children's centre closures in Bolton
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Fighting fund record smashed again!
Leeds: Solidarity demo with Irish abortion fight
London: Socialism Today milestone celebration
Worcester: Public meeting discusses Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law
Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment!
Joint declaration by Izquierda Revolucionaria and the CWI
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