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What really caused the crisis in school places?

Some 118,000 children in London could be without a school place by 2016 according to the London Councils group. 

Academies and free schools - part of the school places problem

The NUT teachers’ union has exposed the illogical result of the government’s commitment to academies and free schools.

Flocking to the capital for work

The number of people moving to London from elsewhere in Britain has gone up since the recession began. The number leaving London has fallen.

School places crisis - bad stats and bad estimates

The “leap” in the number of children estimated to need school places has been exaggerated because previous estimates were wrong.

Michael Gove's battle with reality

Just last week Gove refused to rule out a school closure in the north east of England if a free school opens.

Crisis didn't stop traders gambling with our lives

A small number of largely unregulated commodity trading houses have seen their profits rise astronomically over the last decade. And their wealth has come at the expense of poor people, largely in the Global South.

Food hoarding profiteers generate mass hunger

The commodities market is notoriously volatile. Just last week the market for the most reliable commodity, gold, dropped 15 percent.

All the profit, none of the tax

Commodity firms pay low rates of tax, on average no more than 15 percent. 

Toxic trash of the tin Titans

Trafigura accounts for 40 percent of trade in refined copper, lead and zinc. But the one time it made world headlines was in 2006 when a ship it owned was responsible for dumping toxic waste in Côte D’Ivoire. 

Oily trader's Tory access

Ian Taylor is head of the world’s largest oil trading company, Vitol. While the company is based Switzerland, he has donated £550,000 to the Tories. 

Affordable housing sold off to ‘social landlords’

Today just 7 percent of England’s population live in council homes. When Margaret Thatcher came to office it was almost half.

Peabody Trust set up to house the ‘deserving’ poor

One of London’s biggest housing associations today is the Peabody Trust. 

Legal Aid cuts will kick workers and the poor out of the courts

Cuts of £350 million from legal aid will deny thousands of ordinary people the right to defend their jobs, homes and benefits in court, says Siân Ruddick

Ukip - an establishment party that backs the rich

The UK Independence Party poses as a radical party that speaks for ordinary people, but its programme is rabidly anti-working class, writes Judith Orr

Budget - Osborne steals from the poor to give to the rich

The Tories are steaming ahead with their programme of cuts and austerity – and they are still looking after their friends at the top, writes Simon Basketter

How the Tories make us pay for the bankers’ greed

George Osborne wants to protect British banking from reform and preserve a system that’s stacked against ordinary people, writes Sadie Robinson

Why immigrants are not to blame for poor services

The reality behind the ugly right wing myth that migrants are a ‘drain’ on society

Euro referendum pledge only deepens Tory divide

David Cameron promised a referendum on leaving the European Union (EU) last week.

Europe - no easy solution for the bosses, in or out

The long term decline of Britain as a global power meant a fragmenting of the British ruling class consensus in favour of European integration.

Bosses' EU club is not for us

Socialist Worker is against the European Union and will argue to vote to leave it in any referendum.

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