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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2015

Them & Us

Carbon inequality

The richest 10% produce nearly half the world's lifestyle-related carbon dioxide emissions.

Not content with living lives of luxury off the back of our hard labour, the super-rich are now literally poisoning us.

Oxfam reports that the top decile of earners belch out 49% of CO2 from lifestyle activity. This seems a lot, but presumably includes frequent flights and SUVs. And the Socialist would remind readers that the west wing of the country pile isn't going to heat itself.

Meanwhile, the poorest half of the world's population only put out about 10% of the total.

This figure will largely be made up of the world's poorest nations. But working class people of every country have to deal with the effects of climate change.

As we go to press, emergency services in Chennai, India and Cumbria, England are dealing with the effects of extreme weather on ordinary people's homes. But rising sea levels will only lap at the lower floors of the capitalists' ivory towers.

Sun's terror untruth

Terrorists can travel from Turkey to Paris without once facing passport checks. You couldn't make it up! Well... the Sun did.

Rupert Murdoch's Tory tabloid's latest total lie said a reporter faced no border control on his journey. Croatian authorities quickly responded with scans of his passport to prove they'd inspected him.

The right-wing media wants hysteria about terrorism to advance its racist, pro-war agenda. Making workers suspicious of each other is essential to undermine mass movements against the austerity policies which make Murdoch's millionaire mates richer still.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

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

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 9 December 2015:


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Socialist Party news and analysis

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International socialist news and analysis

French elections - Le Pen's far-right FN surges

Venezuela elections

Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights

Ireland - defend the Jobstown protesters

Sweden - public housing victory

Belgium - party congress success


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Carlisle - lives and livelihoods devastated

Capitalism's climate change policy failure


War and terrorism

A week of anti-war campaigning in Walthamstow


Workplace news and analysis

Interview with new RMT president

Unison general secretary election in crisis

Trade unions must join the fight for steel nationalisation

Strike in support of suspended headteacher

NSSN action in the North East

Workplace news in brief

Readers' comments and reviews

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TV review: Tomorrow's Food

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Thousands march around the country against the bombing of Syria

Confronting the far right in Derby

Subs campaign: have you increased yours yet?

North West fighting fund week of action!

The Socialist Christmas schedule

Socialist Party national committee meeting


 

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