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Ed Miliband is to pledge to help about 1.5 million small businesses in England by reversing a planned business rates rise if Labour wins the next election..All of the politicians are business friendly, which makes them worker hostile.The political and economic interest of workers lies in doing away with business,it's political managers,its parasitic profit extraction and establish a democratic classless global free access socialist society so that all wealth is owned in common ,freely produced according to ability and distributed freely according to need. Read comment on BBC site

Avoiding the poor like the plague

...a startup called Ghetto Tracker, which purports to alert rich travelers to the locations of a city's poor people so they can be avoided. (Ghetto Tracker has since been renamed "Good Part of Town," which does nothing to change its intended purpose.)   The startup's mission is every bit as tone-deaf as one would expect from such a one-percent endeavor. "We use a rating system that allows locals and people familiar with area rate which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe," reads the site's self-ascribed purpose for existing: ,,read more
 

UK wages decline among worst in Europe

Coins in a hand

 A think tank said this year that the drop in wages was "unprecedented"

Wages in the UK have seen one of the largest falls in the European Union during the economic downturn, according to official figures.

The figures, which were requested by the Labour Party and collated by the House of Commons library, show average hourly wages have fallen 5.5% since mid-2010, adjusted for inflation.

That is the fourth-worst decline among the 27 EU nations .

By contrast, German hourly wages rose by 2.7% over the same period.

Across the European Union as a whole, average wages fell 0.7%.

Only Greek, Portuguese and Dutch workers have had a steeper decline in hourly wages, the figures showed.

Comment:

The answer is make common cause with workers world-wide and abolish the wages-system and prices and establish a Free Access Socialist society.

 No need for capitalists,or their policing governments,as the capitalists produce nothing and only bring exploitation to the table.

Workers produce all wealth and are rationed in their access to it by wages. Check http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/what-socialism




'Just' War is always relative .

 Socialists have long contended that war and its manifestions spring out of the very competitive nature of capitalism.Battles are waged over trade routes, control of natural resources and dominance by monopolistic and oligopolistic entities.War is an inevitable concomitant of capitalism.There are no 'Good Guys', when the global players start to eyeball one another.Consider...Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria?  Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria?  Of course.  Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe.  Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been "jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime"?  Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region.  On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons.  One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom.  Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict.  If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia.  This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all: ...Read More

Syria crisis: MPs 'right to reject military action' - BBC poll


Almost three-quarters of people believe MPs were right to reject UK military action in Syria, a poll commissioned by the BBC has suggested.

The poll also suggested 72% did not think the move would damage the UK-US relationship - and two-thirds said they would not care if it did.

ICM Research spoke to 1,000 adults in England, Scotland and Wales by telephone between Friday and Monday.

Downing Street has said there will be no second Parliamentary vote on Syria.

The government lost last week's Commons vote on supporting, in principle, military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.
'Firmed' opinion

The BBC poll suggested 71% of people thought Parliament made the right decision.

Comment:

If the vast majority of the world's people came to the conclusion that to end war we need to end the intense anarchic competitive system which spawns it.

By and establishing a free access socialist commonwealth without the need for nation states,waged labour, prices, government or politicians,they could seize the whole world for themselves and dispense with the need to ever again place the political lackeys of capitalism in such a moral dilemna in consideration of whether or not to slaughter, even more of our fellow-workers and their children.

Workers have no country to live or die for, but they have a world to win.
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