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29 May 2013

Rotten greedy banks still threaten crisis

On 15 September 2008, the big city bank Lehman Brothers went bust. Within days, lending between banks dried up. Andy Beadle reviews the BBC2 series Bankers.

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 Hull protest against the Bedroom Tax , photo by Lash

Hull protest against the Bedroom Tax , photo by Lash

8 May 2013

Tax bankers not bedrooms!

While people struggling to survive on low incomes are being hammered by pay cuts, bedroom tax, cuts in council tax support and other benefits, George Osborne recently slashed the top rate of income tax for himself and his millionaire chums

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13 March 2013

Them & Us

Equal pay?: The Royal Bank of Scotland is 83% owned by the government. That means that we're paying for the bank's 390 million fine for rigging interest rates.

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7 March 2013

Them & Us

The idea of bankers' bonuses is supposedly that they encourage hard work, which can only be good for the economy. We have to reward them or we couldn't guarantee that they'll behave responsibly...

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16 January 2013

Capitalism - Forever blowing bubbles

Peter Taaffe reviews the "Bubbles and bankruptcy: Financial crises in Britain since 1700", a free exhibition at the British Museum, Room 69a, until 5 May..

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16 January 2013

Them & Us

For-profit schools: Up to now, academy chains have not been allowed to declare a profit directly out of the school budget, writes Martin Powell-Davies.

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3 August 2012

Carlisle MP given petition against the robbing bankers

Carlisle Socialist Party members handed in a petition this week to local Tory MP John Stevenson with the heading: "Jail The Robbing Bankers"...

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18 July 2012

Bankers are "useless mouths"

There is - quite rightly - outrage when far-right thugs attack disabled people. Cameron and the media do just the same, using their wealth and power rather than their fists...

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11 July 2012

TV Review: Britain on the brink - back to the '70s

This Panorama documentary (9 July) looked at what effect the economic crisis had on ordinary people. It asked whether we would see the same response as at the end of the 1970s when falling living standards...

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11 July 2012

Them&Us

UK swindlers plc: 'Bankers' has become a byword for swindlers after these fat cats stuffed their pockets with bonuses while engaging in fraudulent activities and then received billions of pounds in bailouts from public funds.

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11 July 2012

Libor scandal exposes rotten racketeering system

If the appearance of Bob Diamond before the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee was intended to demonstrate some kind of public accountability of bankers before parliament then it dismally failed...

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16 May 2012

JP Morgan: banksters at it again

The financial sector is back in the news as it emerged that cowboy investors at JP Morgan's London office have lost $2 billion (1.2 billion), leading to a run on shares which swept $19 billion off the bank's market value in just two days, writes Ross Saunders.

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18 April 2012

Clegg's text message plans make us LOL!

Unemployment continues to plague austerity Britain. Over 2.6 million people are out of work. And we're disproportionately aged under 25, writes James Ivens.

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 Last stand of the Occupy London protesters , photo Paul Mattsson

29 February 2012

Solidarity with Occupy London protesters

Just after midnight on Tuesday 28 February riot police brutally evicted the peaceful Occupy London protesters from their camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, which was set up last year

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29 February 2012

It's bonuses for bankers

Bankers are now facing a fresh wave of anger as Lloyds has announced that, despite netting a 3.5 billion loss last year, a handful of executives will collect 375 million in bonuses, writes Ross Saunders, Wales Socialist Party.

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16 February 2012

Socialist Party debates with leader of Southampton Council on BBC Radio Solent

Nick Chaffey, Anti-cuts campaigner and the Socialist Party's regional organiser in Southampton, debated with Southampton council leader, Royston Smith...

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We are the 99% - Take the wealth off the 1% - Socialist Party placard, photo by Paul Mattsson

1 February 2012

Bankers bonus scandal - Fight this profit-mad system

The recent 'Hesteria' has been revealing. The Tories, majority funded by the City, went on about 'fairness' and bankers' bonuses but failed to challenge RBS boss Hester's 1m bung

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14 December 2011

Them & Us

Everyone's struggling to keep the show on the road this Christmas, aren't they? Well children of the 1% don't have to worry at all about what Father Christmas is bringing. Parents who frequent Selfridges...

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30 November 2011

When bankers were good?

Ian Hislop's BBC documentary 'When Bankers Were Good' starts by quoting ex-New Labour minister Peter Mandelson's line "I'm intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich", writes Ian Pattison.

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23 November 2011

Mansfield - build houses, create jobs

2,000 young people in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire can't find work. Over 9,000 people in Mansfield are on the council housing waiting list. So why have building workers been thrown on the dole?

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