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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 January 2019

Them & Us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Millionaire Miliband

Blairite ex-foreign secretary David Miliband received compensation worth 680,000 last year for his charity job, reports the Times.

The privatisation-loving warmonger is now head of the 'International Rescue Committee' which helps victims of war and disasters.

Miliband's basic salary alone is $708,754 according to the charity's accounts. The minimum wage in Iraq - bombed into dust by his government's policies - is $2,534 a year, according to the US State Department.


Bankers' boarding cards v millennials' railcards

Trains are packed, unreliable and overpriced, photo Kurtis Garbutt (Creative Commons)

Trains are packed, unreliable and overpriced, photo Kurtis Garbutt (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

The Bank of England has had to tighten its belt after two of its advisers chalked up 390,000 in travel expenses.

One central banker claimed 11,000 for a transatlantic flight, while another spent 469 on taxis... for one meeting. Outrage over the summer provoked a new expenses policy in December.

Meanwhile, hard-up millennials queued online for up to 12 hours to buy the newly introduced 26-30 discount railcard when it was released on 2 January.

Why? Young workers can barely afford a roof over our heads, let alone the train robbers' ransoms.


Queen v music

The queen's Christmas message to austerity Britain was delivered in a typically tone-deaf setting: her backdrop was a hand-painted 1856 golden French piano.

The publicly funded super-rich sovereign didn't even have the decency to get behind the ivories and tinkle out a tune!

Meanwhile, cuts and restrictions on the curriculum have meant falling numbers of music teachers and music GCSE entries. An 8% drop in each between 2010 and 2015, says House of Commons research.

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In The Socialist 9 January 2019:


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Brexit vote round two: Corbyn must fight for a socialist alternative to the Tory deal and bosses' EU


News

Tories Out. End austerity. Mass working-class action for a general election

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Death in a doorway: struggle can end homelessness

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What we saw


Workplace news

PCS Left Unity assistant general secretary election rerun

Far right attack on Manchester rail workers' picket line - trade union fightback needed

Grayling's attacks on rail workers wages 'un-fare'

Solid strike by Arriva bus drivers

Ferry workers protest against 2.45 an hour pay

UCU Wales suspends FE strike action


German revolution 100 years on

Heroic martyrs of German Revolution


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Disruption of Leeds Socialist Party meeting shows need for unions to lead real struggle

Bringing socialist ideas into movements on women's rights

Tremendous effort sees Socialist Party smash fighting fund target in 2018

NHS funding crisis: Tory 'super-plan' is a super-con!

Linking LGBT+ rights to the fight for socialism

North Tyneside Campaigning to save our footbridge

Carmarthenshire council: Unison demands no-cuts budget


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Protests continue to rage in Sudan

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