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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 May 2019
Them & us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Queen for EU
Almost every major institution of world capitalism lined up behind the bosses' European Union and its forerunners. The queen, however, has long maintained her usual aloof silence on the matter.
Now diplomatic cables from 1988 published by Germany's Spiegel magazine reveal the monarchy also backed the anti-worker single market. The German ambassador reported the queen's support.
Elizabeth II joins Thatcher, Blair and Obama; the UN, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund; the main British bosses' organisations CBI, BCC and IOD; and the vast majority of the billionaires and bankers. Even the pope has praised the neoliberal project.
Perhaps the only remaining establishment organisation which has not openly declared for the EU is the Scout Association.
Work till you die
Working into old age, photo Darron Birgenheier/Creative Commons (Click to enlarge)
The number of people over 70 still working has more than doubled in the last decade of austerity. The 135% rise means the proportion of over-70s at work has also grown, from one in 22 to nearly one in 12.
Volunteering group Rest Less, which requested the data from the ONS, points out the health benefits of continuing some level of work into retirement.
This is no doubt true. But charity Independent Age notes that one in six pensioners now live in poverty - and numbers are rising.
Continued, fulfilling work should be a choice available to all. So should a restful retirement. Neither is on offer with poverty pensions and wages. Take the wealth off the super-rich - fight for decent jobs and homes for all, with living wages and pensions.
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In The Socialist 29 May 2019:
Tories smashed in Euros - Now get them out
Euro elections 2019 - Across Europe
Euro-elections in Scotland and Wales
International socialist news and analysis
India: Modi victory - Socialist fightback needed
The Green New Deal we need is socialism
Climate change strikes continue to resonate
Socialist Party news and analysis
Blistering UN report condemns Tory austerity - workers' action can end it
Them & us
Workplace news and analysis
Save steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation
PCS conference: defeats for union officialdom and steps taken to rebuild a fighting left opposition
Determined Sellafield nuclear workers' industrial action continues
Kirkby factory workers walk out over unfair dismissal
Wales train fleet workers to strike against transfer to private company
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Trump out - Tories out!
Fight the far-right - fight for socialist policies
Teignmouth: hands off our community hospital!
Birmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle
The unheard voices of Gosport
Obituary: Pauline Dunlop (1947-2019)
Obituary: John Boots (1942-2019)
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