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Them & us
Kinnocks coin it...
Disastrous former Labour leader Baron Kinnock and his wife Baroness Kinnock have glommed six pensions between them. The apparent amount of their entitlement is - well - baronial.
Big business think tank Open Europe estimates the pair of proto-Blairites could make £185,000 a year from the pensions. No doubt it has its own agenda, and the Kinnocks claim figures are "inflated" - but don't outright deny them.
The fattest estimated payouts are from the bosses' European Union. The baron could receive £83,089 for his nine years as an unelected commissioner. Meanwhile the baroness could get £48,000 a year from Brussels - on top of her House of Lords ministerial salary.
The Kinnocks have plenty of form. As an MEP, Glenys got busted in 2004, along with many others. She would sign on for her £175 daily allowance and then immediately leave for the day.
And Neil led the notorious witch-hunt against Militant, forerunner of the Socialist Party. Among other things, Militant-supporting Labour MPs took only the average wage of a skilled worker. Neil couldn't be having that, could he?
Meanwhile, nearly one million over-75s are living in poverty, according to charity Independent Age.
The report found one in five - 950,000 - live below its poverty threshold. This was the very meagre £182 a week before housing costs, or £272 for couples.
The study also found women pensioners more at risk of poverty.
The Socialist says: bosses rob workers all our working lives. Stop the theft from pensioners! For a living pension, free healthcare and guaranteed housing for all. Take the wealth off the 1%!
In The Socialist 25 May 2016:
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