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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 January 2017
Them & Us
'Them and us' fishes, image by Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
£500k house party...
New Year's Eve for the exclusive 'Chipping Norton set' cost half a million quid.
Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of news emperor Rupert, hosted this year's blowout. Her elite Cotswolds community includes axed axeman David Cameron, gutter-press queen Rebekah Brooks and playground bully Jeremy Clarkson.
Murdoch's "theatrical set" house party "with revolving floors" apparently set her back £500,000, according to an Evening Standard diary piece. There were "cocktails on tap and roving graffiti artists spray-painting the toilets mid-party with guests' names."
... 50p for rent
Meanwhile, in Grimsby, 42 struggling families now have no more than 50p a week for rent.
The Tories' new benefit cap came into force on 7 November, causing the dramatic fall in some claimants' housing benefit. Never mind cocktails on tap - you can't even get a space in a homeless hostel for 50p a week.
116,000 households with between one and four kids could suffer from the cap, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.
And in London, 170,000 people are homeless. 47% of them are working, says housing charity Shelter. Some are even reduced to sleeping in a warehouse, dozens sharing a single toilet.
The Socialist has long campaigned for a national programme of council house building. Cap rents, not benefits.
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In The Socialist 11 January 2017:
NHS in meltdown
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NHS in meltdown from spending cuts - demonstrate on 4 March!
Sustainability and Transformation plans - a repackaging of cuts
Worcestershire hospital deaths expose NHS crisis
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Football abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and accountability
Book review: Spy drama gives insight into capitalist coup plot
What we think
Strikes show workers' power
Socialist Party news and analysis
'Cash for ash' scandal set to bring down Northern Ireland government
May slams 'economic inequalities' Tory policies created
Blair's multimillion plans to fight 'populism'
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What we saw
Them & Us: £500k house party... 50p for rent
Haringey: pressure grows as Labour council cuts
Sick of sham consultations - give us a real fightback
Khan should attack bosses, not workers
Socialist Party workplace news
Tube strike solid in fight for jobs and safety
Support BA cabin crews' strike for fair pay
Sham Royal Mail pensions consultation - action needed
Unison legal battle looks into allegations 'Team Dave' broke rules during general secretary election
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Build the resistance against Trump
Socialist Party national women's meeting
2016: A record-breaking fighting fund year!
Closing of the children's centres could cost lives
International socialist news and analysis
Palestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation
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