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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 September 2018
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
- State-owned Network Rail which owns and manages rail infrastructure has sold all property under rail arches to a private owner for £1.46 billion. 5,200 properties spanning 17 million square feet, the majority of which are converted arches which trade as small businesses, have been offloaded to property managers Telereal Trillium.
- Newly-independent Blairite MP Frank Field has joined a millionaire Tory donor to open a new academy school. Field, who quit the Labour Party whip to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, did not respond to requests from website Schools Week for a comment, but a spokesperson did defend his relationship with Tory donor David Ross.
- Dictatorial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed himself chairman of Turkey's sovereign wealth fund which presides over assets worth over $200 billion. He has even announced that his son-in-law will act as his deputy.
- More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living in poverty. The Social Metrics Commission found that the numbers are higher than previous figures.
- The maximum interest rate on student loans in England and Wales has gone up from 6.1% to 6.3%. At 6.3%, a graduate would need to earn more than £60,000 a year before starting to reduce their debt. A father of one graduate - who due to interest now owes £7,642 on top of their £50,000 student debt - says they may as well be in debt to Wonga.
Grenfell Fire demonsrators, 17.6.17, photo Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
- 54 privately owned student residential blocks in England remain clad in combustible material similar to the Grenfell Tower cladding. The National Union of Students has said the buildings should not be used until they have been repaired and called for a full list of the affected premises to be published.
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In The Socialist 26 September 2018:
What we think
Militant was right - councils can fight cuts
Fight for a democratic, socialist Labour Party
Fighting for socialism amid capitalist chaos
Students and workers unite and fight
Freshers fairs: socialist ideas chime with students
Private firms and toothless regulator to blame for trains chaos - nationalise rail now!
Fight plans for A&E appointment system - fight to save our NHS
Labour civil war rages in Enfield
Them & Us
Who wants driver-only operation?
Hospitality workers coordinate historic strike
Strike vote: college staff want a pay rise
Compulsory redundancies stopped at Leicester University
Safety-critical airport workers continue strike
Glasgow workers striking for equal pay
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Victory for Sheffield Save Our NHS
Residents push back Barking estate landlords
Brilliant sales at Labour Party conference
Directors' contempt for repressed workers
Huddersfield campaigners keep their powder dry
International socialist news and analysis
Trump's tariffs raise international tensions
Powerful defence of the welfare state
The Socialist inbox
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