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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 May 2016
What we saw
The BBC is going to stop publishing recipes. The Tory-driven change is to stop it 'competing' with the free market.
If the free market is so very marvellous, why hasn't it already won the competition for best online recipe service? It's not like Rupert Murdoch can't afford to tell the world about his trademark macaroni cheese.
The truth is that private firms don't exist to provide services, they exist to make money. They are incapable of satisfying even the most human basic needs without this.
And they are abject plagiarists, incapable of inventing new ideas, resting on state-funded innovation.
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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 18 May 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tories attack: fight back
NHS staffing black hole
Bristol Green backs cuts
Stamp out sexist dress codes
University of Facebook
What we saw
Them & Us
PCS Conference 2016
PCS leads the way in fightback against Tories
"Where's Carwyn?" - museum workers demand action
BIS members strike to save jobs and keep offices open
Government defeated by check-off court challenge
The EU and the economy - Project Fear steps up
Vote to leave the 'Employers' Union' and fight the bosses' government
Socialist Party workplace news
Teachers: vote Yes to strike - defend pay and conditions
Higher education action over pay and casualisation
Junior doctors vote to work with and develop links with other unions
Unite housing workers walk out against intransigent bosses
Low paid Pennine Foods workers strike over cuts to premiums
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
On an upward trajectory: my experience as a new Socialist Party member
Newcastle: countering the fascist menace
International socialist news and analysis
France: New stage in battle over labour law
Belgium: unions call national demos and general strikes
Readers' comments and reviews
TV review: Occupied
Featured letter: stop the badger cull
The Socialist 18 May 2016 |
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