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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 May 2019

Them & us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

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

Queen for EU

Almost every major institution of world capitalism lined up behind the bosses' European Union and its forerunners. The queen, however, has long maintained her usual aloof silence on the matter.

Now diplomatic cables from 1988 published by Germany's Spiegel magazine reveal the monarchy also backed the anti-worker single market. The German ambassador reported the queen's support.

Elizabeth II joins Thatcher, Blair and Obama; the UN, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund; the main British bosses' organisations CBI, BCC and IOD; and the vast majority of the billionaires and bankers. Even the pope has praised the neoliberal project.

Perhaps the only remaining establishment organisation which has not openly declared for the EU is the Scout Association.

Work till you die

Working into old age, photo Darron Birgenheier/Creative Commons

Working into old age, photo Darron Birgenheier/Creative Commons   (Click to enlarge)

The number of people over 70 still working has more than doubled in the last decade of austerity. The 135% rise means the proportion of over-70s at work has also grown, from one in 22 to nearly one in 12.

Volunteering group Rest Less, which requested the data from the ONS, points out the health benefits of continuing some level of work into retirement.

This is no doubt true. But charity Independent Age notes that one in six pensioners now live in poverty - and numbers are rising.

Continued, fulfilling work should be a choice available to all. So should a restful retirement. Neither is on offer with poverty pensions and wages. Take the wealth off the super-rich - fight for decent jobs and homes for all, with living wages and pensions.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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In The Socialist 29 May 2019:


EU elections

Tories smashed in Euros - Now get them out

Euro elections 2019 - Across Europe

Euro-elections in Scotland and Wales


International socialist news and analysis

India: Modi victory - Socialist fightback needed


Climate change

The Green New Deal we need is socialism

Climate change strikes continue to resonate


Socialist Party news and analysis

Blistering UN report condemns Tory austerity - workers' action can end it

Them & us


Workplace news and analysis

Save steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation

PCS conference: defeats for union officialdom and steps taken to rebuild a fighting left opposition

Determined Sellafield nuclear workers' industrial action continues

Kirkby factory workers walk out over unfair dismissal

Wales train fleet workers to strike against transfer to private company


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trump out - Tories out!

Fight the far-right - fight for socialist policies

Teignmouth: hands off our community hospital!

Birmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle


Opinion

The unheard voices of Gosport

Obituary: Pauline Dunlop (1947-2019)

Obituary: John Boots (1942-2019)


 

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