Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/627/9752

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 June 2010

One Law for the rich...

CHIEF TREASURY secretary David Laws, described as "a genius" by colleagues, inflicted 6.2 billion of cuts in public spending which will hit millions of people. However, after only two weeks in post the Lib Dem MP resigned from the Cabinet, following the revelation that he had claimed over 40,000 in MPs' expenses to rent rooms in homes owned by his partner.

Laws is on the right of the Lib Dems, more a Conservative neo-liberal than a social-liberal. He is co-author of the Lib Dems' 'Orange Book' - full of vicious anti-working class dogma - and was a high-flying City banker before becoming an MP. Laws was a key member of the Lib Dems' team that negotiated the current coalition with the Tories.

The resignation is a huge embarrassment for PM David Cameron, who has constantly banged on about 'good governance' and his coalition making a 'clean break' from the previous Labour government's sleaze scandals.

Laws said his motivation in this expenses scandal was not personal gain but to keep the relationship with a man private and not to reveal his own sexuality. But surely, if the millionaire "genius" MP wanted to keep his personal affairs private then he shouldn't have had his hand in the till, claiming dodgy expenses that drew attention to his partner. Rottenness and corruption is not solely the preserve of the two main parties it seems. They really are all the same.

In contrast to these scoundrels, "a workers' MP on a worker's wage" was the campaigning slogan of our Socialist Party candidates who stood as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the general election.

Socialist Party reporters
DAVID LAWS' successor as treasury secretary, Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander, also has an embarrassing political skeleton in his cupboard. Alexander used a legal loophole to avoid paying capital gains tax (CGT) when he sold his publicly-funded second home at a profit. Hypocritically, the Lib Dems in the general election called for the closure of this loophole and for the CGT rate to increase from 18% to 40%.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 2 June 2010:

Stop Israeli state terror!


British Airways cabin crew strike

British Airways strike: Full support for the cabin crew


Environment and socialism

Oil spill is 'worst environmental disaster' to hit US


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to privatised academies: Defend public education

Millionaire cabinet plans cuts in benefits

One Law for the rich...

Them and us!

Interview with sacked Telegen workers

Youth Fight for Jobs: More trade unions add their support


Anti-racism

Cardiff says 'no' to the racist EDL


Housing crisis

Gateshead tenants demand decent homes


Socialist Party LGBT

Socialists campaign for Pride not profit in Birmingham


Marxist analysis: history

Margaret Thatcher: Why workers cannot forget


Scotland

Minority representation in Scotland for Westminster coalition of cuts

Socialist Party Scotland to be launched


Socialist Party workplace news

Fighting council cuts: Planning for united strikes in Kirklees

PCS conference Defend the public sector

Coventry - time for mass action

Will the councils fight the cuts?

University and Colleges Union: Congress votes to fight

UCU young members' conference

NSSN conference 2010


International socialist news and analysis

Jamaican armed forces surround and storm poor neighbourhood

Workers' suicides: The human cost of an iPad

Socialism Today


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 June 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Rich:

triangleRich get handouts - workers get pay cuts

triangleBail out the real wealth creators, not the rich

triangleNationalise to save jobs threatened by Covid-19 and downturn

triangleImmigration: For a system that meets the needs of the majority, not a rich elite

triangleThe rich fund the Tories and Blairites, so help fund the working-class fightback

MPs:

triangleBlairite general secretary elected - Starmer's takeover of Labour Party consolidated

triangleMPs get 10k each for lockdown expenses - where's ours?

triangleTony Blair launches manifesto to sabotage a Corbyn government

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

David Cameron:

triangleThe Cameron Tory legacy

trianglePhilip Green scandal - bring him down like BHS

triangleDodgy MP lobbied for genocidal Sri Lankan leader

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/6/20

Obituary

Ken Douglas

4/6/20

Black Lives Matter

3rd June anti-racist demonstrations across Britain

3/6/20

Equity

Equity union general secretary election

3/6/20

Socialist

Pandemic doesn't stop Socialist Party educating organisers: northern meeting

3/6/20

Labour Party

Blairite general secretary elected - Starmer's takeover of Labour Party consolidated

3/6/20

Racism

Fight racism and class inequality, fight capitalism!

3/6/20

Covid

Hospital closed following rampant spread of Covid-19

3/6/20

JCB

Coordinated union struggle needed to save jobs and nationalise JCB

3/6/20

PCS

PCS pay claim: Vital work unrecognised

3/6/20

Schools

Schools... no going back until it's safe

3/6/20

UCU

Reject the university employers' offer on pay, workload and casualisation

3/6/20

Buses

Fight continues for safety on London buses

27/5/20

Fighting Fund

We need readers' support to fight capitalist crisis

27/5/20

Ferries

Fight P&O's billionaire bosses' jobs cut plan

27/5/20

Schools

Schools aren't safe

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999