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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2012

Turning anger into action

I am a young mother with two beautiful children and have decided to join the Socialist party. I was brought up by my family with socialist views and ideas. My family are socialists and my granddad Pat Wall was a left-wing MP.

As I became a mum I began struggling more and more financially, especially with the vicious cuts on working tax credit and child tax credit.

In April 2011, a month before giving birth to my second baby, the baby element of child tax credit was completely abolished.

It annoyed me that babies and children should be punished all because of the bankers' greed and Cameron's alliance with the super-rich.

I work as a part time recruitment consultant and one of the things my job entails is daily searching of the job boards and the job centre website.

One thing I noticed was that the telesales call centre and receptionist vacancies had now turned into 'apprenticeships'.

Nick Clegg has the audacity to claim he created apprenticeships for the benefit of young people. The truth is all he did is replace these minimum wage jobs with an even lower wage (hidden behind this so-called apprenticeship), reducing wages to exploit young school leavers so that big business can receive cheap labour.

I could go on forever about what angers me about the current government and capitalism just like we all could.

I am happy to have joined the Socialist Party and hope in the next elections a socialist candidate in Keighley will be standing so that I can vote for them.

Charlotte Wall

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In The Socialist 9 May 2012:


Socialist Party election analysis

Legitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered

Election results: How did TUSC do?

Con-Dems battered in Scottish local elections

Labour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts

London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles

Coventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses

4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports

Unison attacks TUSC candidate


International socialist news and analysis

France: A weekend that shocked Europe

Greece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties' support collapse


Socialist Party news and analysis

Water waste of money!

MPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Good result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections

Health services at risk in Cardiff and Vale

Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

Care home closures in Sheffield

Police restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton


Socialist Party workplace news

Come to the NSSN conference!

Greenwich libraries - fighting back can win

Exposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation

Duncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers

Workplace news in brief


Reviews and comments

Film review: 'Cocaine Unwrapped'

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