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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 December 2017
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
London's super-rich are spending up to £80,000 this Christmas - just on decorations.
Just a tree and wreath from a top-end florist could set you back £1,500 according to the Guardian. Events company Theme Traders reports the capital's capitalists have even had live reindeer.
It seems the £80,000 job involved installing an ice rink in the drive and flying in French figure skaters.
... lumps of coal
Meanwhile, London's poorest kids will receive less at Christmas than the average family pet.
700,000 children living in poverty could get presents with an average value of £19.55. Families who can afford it will give pets around £22 of gifts, according to the Childhood Trust.
The study found almost half the 25,000 London kids poverty charities work with say they don't enjoy Christmas. Of these, four in five give poverty as the reason, and three in five cite anxiety and stress.
Children aren't responsible for poverty at Christmas. Nor are their parents or guardians. Capitalism is.
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The value of Britain's housing stock has broken the £6 trillion mark, says Halifax.
In 2007 the bank's estimate was £4.1 trillion. That's a 50% increase in ten years - for nothing.
Britain's gross domestic product - all the stuff we make in a year - is around £2 trillion. It would take three years just to make stuff equivalent to the market value of the country's homes.
The value of the top 100 companies on the stock exchange is also around £2 trillion. Britain's homes are worth three times the total value of the top 100 companies on the stock exchange.
That's a hell of an early present for landowners and property speculators.
... eviction notes
Nurses at the private London Clinic are getting a different early Christmas present: an eviction notice.
The Harley Street employer owns bedsits in Primrose Hill, which it leases to staff at an affordable rate. What a waste!
One nurse told the Camden New Journal in November: ""They just issued us with a section 21 order a couple of weeks ago that has given us two months' notice to leave.
"They are within their rights to do this, but it came completely out of the blue. They have said if we do not move they will get a court order." Merry Christmas!
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In The Socialist 13 December 2017:
What we think
Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts
Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy
International socialist news and analysis
A world in crisis, ripe for revolution
Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict
110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907
Socialist Party news and analysis
Save our NHS
Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let
Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs
Uni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded
Strikers rally in Liverpool
Unite day of action against blacklisting
Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee
Teachers strike in Sheffield
Newham anti-academies strikes
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated
Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts
South London health bosses' cover-up
Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos
Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell
Bradford campaign to save children's services launched
Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting
The Socialist's 2017 quiz
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