Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/678/12356

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 July 2011

News in brief

Special relationship

A ten-foot high statue of former US president Ronald Reagan has been unveiled outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, London to cement US/British relations.

But in the 1980s Reagan mirrored Britain's Margaret Thatcher as a rabid cold war warrior whose 'voodoo economics' enriched the capitalist class at the expense of the working class.

Reagan's administration set about destroying welfare, job security and the trade unions. In 1981, in revenge for them striking, Reagan sacked the entire 11,000 members of Patco, the air traffic controllers union, and hauled its leaders off to jail, literally in chains.

Reagan used high interest rates to engineer an economic recession and create an army of unemployed in order to squeeze wages. Homelessness soared as did the prison population.

By 1987 Reagan had delivered the richest 1% of the population a net tax saving of 25%, while the poorest tenth of workers saw 20% more of their incomes swallowed in taxes.

He boasted of reducing federal spending but his rearmament programme, to face down the "evil empire" of the USSR, more than doubled the government's deficit from $73 billion in 1980 to $155 billion in 1989.

He, along with George Bush senior, illegally secured arms for the US-backed Contra death squads in Nicaragua to overthrow the left-leaning Sandinista regime. Neither was prosecuted.


Fuelling anger

It is expected that mega-profitable British Gas (BG) will sting its hard-pressed customers with another massive price hike this autumn. A rise of 20% on its gas tariff and 9% on electricity is anticipated. This follows the 19% for gas and 10% for electricity increase from Scottish Power earlier this year.

Last year BG clocked record profits of 742 million and saw fit to increase prices to its 16 million customers by nearly 8% at the start of the coldest winter for 100 years

These rip-off prices come at a time when living standards for most people, apart from the super-rich, are experiencing the severest peacetime fall in living memory.

As usual the utilities giants blame 'international wholesale gas prices' for the increases, despite owning substantial stakes in gas production fields. Recently, BG's parent company Centrica announced it was mothballing one of the UK's largest offshore gas fields rather than pay its taxes.


Outstanding cuts

As part of its 34 million spending cuts, Labour run Southwark council in south London has withdrawn funding for the Pumphouse Heritage Museum and Nature Reserve in Rotherhithe, forcing it to close.

For two decades, the wetlands centre, has provided history, geography and ecology programmes for about 120,000 schoolchildren and therapy for up to 40,000 care home patients and dementia sufferers.

The museum and nature reserve closed on 12 June, the day it unveiled a blue plaque from the council recognising "outstanding services to schools, older and young people from 1989"!

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 6 July 2011:


30th June strike and after

What next to defeat the cuts?

Next time - strike together...

24-hour public sector general strike as next step to beat the Con-Dems

Standing up to a weak government

Labour - condemned for condemning strike

Solidarity from POA

We can win together

Walkout at Wormwood Scrubs prison

30 June pension strike reports


Socialist Party news and analysis

Leaked memo shows government lied over its homeless policies

Dilnot report: A disservice to disabled and older people

Durham Miners' Gala: Miliband pulls out

Stop the racist and divisive EDL

Time to defend abortion rights... again

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

Southampton council workers strike on same day as teachers, lecturers and civil servants

Birmingham - the fightback begins

Leeds Unison members decisively reject the council's final offer

Fawley refinery construction engineers summarily sacked

Fighting pension cuts and the anti-union laws

Workplace news in brief

Successful NSSN meeting in Coventry


International socialist news and analysis

East Belfast riots: Only united working class action can prevent further attacks

Kazakhstan: Striking oil workers attempt to break news blockade

Sabotage on ship to Gaza


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

All workers: unite to fight for decent jobs

High street job cuts: Jane Norman worker speaks out

Socialist Students meeting prepares for new term

Youth Fight for Jobs: campaign moving forward

Day-Mer festival support for 30 June pensions strike

Pride London


Socialist Party reviews

Review: A Common Treasury

Endgame by Rise Against


Socialist Party

Building the socialist alternative on 30 June

Socialist Party youth meeting: Successful and insightful


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 July 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Gas:

triangleNewham gas workers' strike threat

triangleNewham gas workers to strike

triangleBritish Gas workers need rank-and-file leadership

triangleRonan Point disaster 50 years on

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: How can workers' jobs be protected?

Cuts:

triangleStrong union response needed against job cuts

triangleSafe protests against Tory corona chaos continue

triangleJohnson's plan terrifies me - readers react to lifting lockdown

triangleSafe social-distancing car-cavalcade protests

US:

triangleChinese state's imposition of draconian law reignites Hong Kong protests

triangleGoing viral - Socialist comments and letters

triangleTrump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race

Council:

triangleHull Trades Council debates workers' political representation

triangleCrisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

Southwark:

triangleSocial cleansing continues in Southwark

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

27/5/20

TUC

Covid crisis boosts union membership but TUC leaders want to cosy up to the bosses!

27/5/20

Coronavirus

Reckless, lying cheats

26/5/20

Coronavirus

Coronavirus pandemic news in brief

26/5/20

Coronavirus

More blunders and profiteering in Tory track-and-trace scheme

26/5/20

Coronavirus

United action can defeat Tories' dangerous school plan

25/5/20

Coronavirus

Care home workers suffer PPE shortage and job loss fears

22/5/20

Coronavirus

Black and Asian Covid-19 deaths: an indictment of capitalist inequality

20/5/20

Coronavirus

Johnson's reckless 'back to school' plans threaten everyone's safety

20/5/20

Coronavirus

Confidence plummets in Tory strategy for Covid-19

20/5/20

Benefits

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

20/5/20

Covid

Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces

20/5/20

Council

Crisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

20/5/20

Rich

Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts

19/5/20

Coronavirus

Transport workers and passengers mustn't pay the price

13/5/20

Coronavirus

Pandemic shortages caused by capitalist market - socialist planning is the alternative

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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


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