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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 March 2012

Coventry: Fight for a socialist alternative

The Coventry Observer reports that: "Coventry City Council is in line to win an award for the way it has delivered budget cuts.

"The organisation, which has been forced to save millions of pounds in the last two years, is one of three nominated at the Improvement and Efficiency Awards later this month...

"Leader Councillor John Mutton said widespread government cuts meant facing up to difficult challenges in the coming years but added the programme had helped minimise their impact."

All he and the Labour council, elected to defend working class people against the Con-Dems' axe, can do is promise more cuts. He told the Observer: "As cuts bite even further we'll continue to deliver efficiencies in this way as much as we can, although it's clearly getting more challenging every year."

Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor has been a lone voice against cuts on Coventry council. He stands in the tradition of councillors who stand up for those who elected them - such as in Liverpool in the 1980s and Poplar in the 1920s.

See more on Dave and the Socialist Party's record in Coventry:
www.coventrysocialists.co.uk

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"I work in the NHS with vulnerable people with mental health problems. I'm standing for TUSC in the local government elections because none of the major parties are willing to stand up and support public services, which will be incredibly damaging for the people that I work for and I want to give those people a voice."

Lesley Connors, Leeds

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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.

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In The Socialist 15 March 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Resist Cameron's cold cruelty

Fight the cuts - for a workers' alternative

Fight back against attacks on pensions

Those fracking Tories

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers fight on

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Widespread fraud alleged as Putin wins presidential poll

Kazakhstan: Oilworkers' lawyer freed from prison


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

National demo needed to save our NHS

Liberals' 'democratic' conference

Fighting Con-Dem attacks on education

14 March - Socialist Students get a response

Housing crisis in London

Library cash goes to supermarket bosses

Coventry: Fight for a socialist alternative

May Day greetings


Socialist Party congress

Socialist Party Congress 10-12 March 2012

World developments show - capitalism is crisis

Trade unions and workplaces

Britain: working class begins to 'rise like lions'

Building the Socialist Party: 'year of the branch'

Young, socialist and proud to be!


Reviews & readers' comments

'Westenders' - omnibus edition

The best of 'literary fiction'


 

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