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TWEL

After Twelve Years

June 12th is the anniversary of the formation of the Socialist Party of Great Britain. On Saturday the 24th of June, 1910, a Reunion of Party members and friends is being held at Devonshire Hall, Devonshire Street, Mare Street, Hackney.

June 12th ends the twelfth year of the Party's existence. Twelve years, though but a span in the history of the working class movement, is a large slice of the individual man's "allotted span," and for that space of time the Party membership, in face many obstacles, have succeeded in their struggle to clear a space from which to prosecute effectively the vital work of Socialist education.

What We Have Lost

The death of J. Pierpont Morgan has raised again the old cry of the '"self-made man," and we have been shown how, by his own unaided efforts, he had amassed millions.

J.P. cannot claim the doubtful credit of having started as a bootblack, yet (says the "Daily Chronicle") "it would scarcely be correct, though his father left him £2,000,000 and a well established banking business in New York and London, to say that he was not a self-made man."

However apparent it may be that the man has no actual dealings with the production of wealth, yet we are continually told, even at this late hour, that the millionaire, though he starts life with a million or two, is self-made!

The "great" John D. is claimed as a self-made man (with the possible exception of his digestive organs), despite his confession that he is right out of touch with the concern from which he draws his millions, and that he has not been in his office for years.

Legal Murder

Not so long ago that section of the Press that professes to be democratic and which is generally engaged in whitewashing the Liberal Government, was pretending to be horrified because once again the troops had been used in defence of the sacred property of the bosses on the Rand, Their leader writers were "astounded" that a Liberal Government could countenance the massacre of working men. They "demanded" an "impartial" enquiry into affairs "which caused every decent Britisher to blush with shame at the deeds perpetrated under the British flag."

And now we have the diabolical outrage repeated—this time nearer home. Not quite so near as Featherstone or Llanelli, Liverpool or London—all of which have been the scenes of events that have no doubt conveniently slipped from the memories of the leader writers—but at Dublin, the green city.

The real motive behind State Insurance

Just as with Labour Exchanges and Old-Age Pensions, so with the latest dodge, State Insurance it is a soporific. All along the line of Liberal legislation an examination shows that the benefits go to the employing class, not to the employed.

In working-class districts all over the country, the people are told from Liberal platforms that poverty and destitution, sickness and disease, are to be vigorously dealt with and eradicated, while at the same time the employers are being assured that these schemes, far from costing them anything, will, in the long run, result in a greater return for the sums that are to be expended.

Lloyd George, at Birmingham, exposed the mockery of the claim that these measures are being introduced to benefit the working class. He said:

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