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The Socialist 13 July 2016

Organise the resistance: fight the Tories and the Blairites

The Socialist issue 910

Child poverty rises by 200,000 in a year

Welsh Assembly to scrap 'right to buy'

Nine-month prison sentence for fleeing ethnic cleansing

HSBC jailbreak

Rail fail

What we saw: Angela Eagle Facebook meme

Them & Us


Fight racism: for jobs, homes and services for all

Police racism still lethal in Britain

Majority support migrants staying - fight hate crime


Step up the campaign to back Corbyn's fight

Tory coronation is attempt at stability that can't work


Chilcot Iraq report: More piles of evidence against the blood-soaked war for oil


Angry prison officers walk out over reforms

New threat to impose junior doctors contract must be met with strike action

Vote Chas Berry for Napo national chair

Unite policy conference 2016: Blairite coup, Trident and cuts dominate opening days

Workplace news in brief


Spain: Disappointment for left in re-run general election

CWI in brief


Thousands mobilising to #KeepCorbyn

Why I joined: "I no longer felt isolated from politics"

Fight back is on to save NHS heart services

Sales of the Socialist through the roof since the referendum

 
 
 
 
 

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HSBC jailbreak

Trust me, I'm a banker - Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games, July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Trust me, I'm a banker - Youth Fight for Jobs Austerity Games, July 2012, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

George Osborne successfully pressured US prosecutors not to press criminal charges against London-based bank HSBC in 2012. A US Congress committee report on 11 July made the revelation.

HSBC had been laundering money for drug barons and terror groups, and aiding international sanction breaking for regimes including Iran. In his role as chancellor, Osborne pleaded with the US Department of Justice, claiming criminal charges could destabilise the economy.

The Socialist recalls the banks doing that just fine on their own in 2007-8. They did not face serious repercussions then either. Osborne's real concern was no doubt to keep his super-rich mates out of jail.

Even the sector's so-called regulator, the Financial Services Authority, "weighed in very strongly" against charges, said one US Treasury employee. HSBC got away with a fine.

At base, the law and its enforcers under capitalism exist to protect private profit, not challenge it. The Socialist says: nationalise the banks and finance sector under democratic workers' control. Try the banksters for their crimes against the working class.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Child poverty rises by 200,000 in a year

Welsh Assembly to scrap 'right to buy'

Nine-month prison sentence for fleeing ethnic cleansing

HSBC jailbreak

Rail fail

What we saw: Angela Eagle Facebook meme

Them & Us


Fighting racism

Fight racism: for jobs, homes and services for all

Police racism still lethal in Britain

Majority support migrants staying - fight hate crime


What we think

Step up the campaign to back Corbyn's fight

Tory coronation is attempt at stability that can't work


Chilcot report

Chilcot Iraq report: More piles of evidence against the blood-soaked war for oil


Socialist Party workplace news

Angry prison officers walk out over reforms

New threat to impose junior doctors contract must be met with strike action

Vote Chas Berry for Napo national chair

Unite policy conference 2016: Blairite coup, Trident and cuts dominate opening days

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: Disappointment for left in re-run general election

CWI in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Thousands mobilising to #KeepCorbyn

Why I joined: "I no longer felt isolated from politics"

Fight back is on to save NHS heart services

Sales of the Socialist through the roof since the referendum


 

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