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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 September 2020

News in brief

Johnson complains about salary

The Times and the Mail report the prime minister is "subdued" and "moody," due to struggling for money. He receives a mere 150,000 a year after forgoing speaking engagements and a 275,000 Telegraph column.

Johnson reportedly hates being "at the helm in rough seas." He struggles to afford a nanny on top of his rent-free Downing Street residence and paid-for cleaner. We invite readers to insert their own sarcastic conclusion to this pitiful tale.

Fighting Madrid's class lockdown

Protesters hit the streets in Madrid on 20 September after the regional president locked down 850,000 residents, disproportionately in poorer districts. The selective lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge allows many wealthier denizens to continue moving freely.

That evening, opera spectators in the cheap seats in Madrid's Teatro Real protested at the lack of social distancing. Most of the higher-priced seats further down had more space. Loud clapping and shouting forced some reseating and the eventual abandonment of the performance.

US billionaires one-third richer

Billionaire Bezos, photos reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC

Billionaire Bezos, photos reynermedia, Steve Jurvetson, Scott Lewis, all CC   (Click to enlarge)

United States billionaires are worth 29% more than before the pandemic, finds the Institute for Policy Studies. Since 18 March, the 643 billionaires have added $845 billion to their obscene personal fortunes.

Their total wealth rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion - equivalent to $4.7 billion, or the annual GDP of Somalia, per day. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is worth fully 65% more - a $73 billion increase, to a record $186 billion.

Economic adviser Robert Reich points out that "Jeff Bezos could give every Amazon employee $105,000 and still be as rich as he was before the pandemic." Take the wealth off the 1%!

Tory migrant lies exposed

The Home Office's anti-working-class immigration policies are based on "anecdote, assumption and prejudice," says parliament's Public Accounts Committee. The Tories spend 400 million a year on immigration enforcement, but officials have "no idea" what it achieves.

The committee's chair declared that the government "accepts the wreckage that its ignorance and the culture it has fostered caused in the Windrush scandal - but the evidence we saw shows too little intent to change, and inspires no confidence that the next such scandal isn't right around the corner."

The Home Office apparently had "no answer" to the obvious problem that "potentially exaggerated figures calculated by others could inflame hostility towards immigrants." It seems the bullying 'go home' vans and thuggish raids on low-paid workers were just expensive propaganda to divert attention from the bosses.

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In The Socialist 23 September 2020:


Coronavirus news

Tory Covid chaos

North East lockdown: simmering anger at Tory incompetence

Testing shambles: unions must fight back

Johnson's schools social-distancing lie


Schools

Dispatches from the front - chaotic schools are not safe!


Workplace news

A day in the life of a salon worker

Workplace news in brief


News

'FinCEN Files' expose rampant financial corruption: nationalise the banks!

Extend eviction ban! Cap rents! Build council homes!

News in brief


Universities

Covid and the campuses


Why I joined

Why we joined the Socialist Party


Campaigns

Fund NHS and pay rise now

Coventry: Socialist Students is back

Liverpool Council must save care homes

Sussex: Hands off Peacehaven schools

Fighting fund: One week to raise 3,444

The Socialist: More than a newspaper


International news

Thailand: Youth rising against hated junta


Readers' opinion

TV: The English Game - how the working class made football the people's game

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