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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 August 2012
Socialist Party summer camp
Over the August bank holiday weekend, the Socialist Party's summer camp took place near the beautiful Epping Forest. Campers were treated to a variety of political discussions on Marxist economics, philosophy and historical materialism, as well as a discussion on the food industry.
Two evening rallies were held. A packed marquee on Saturday, including comrades from Belgium and the Sri Lankan Frontline Socialist Party, heard Peter Taaffe make the case for a 24-hour general strike. On Sunday night Hannah Sell spoke on economic crisis and struggles throughout Europe.
As well as a roaring campfire on both evenings, we also had local bluegrass band The One Tree Hillbillies play a lively set on the Sunday evening.
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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 29 August 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Paralympics, Atos scandal, Remploy closures... Con-Dems win gold for hypocrisy!
Build for a 24-hour general strike!
The Julian Assange case
Galloway's ignorant comments
Gove stole our exam grades!
Crisis services handed over to charity food banks
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Building workers fight pay cut threat
Sparks protest at London Crown House site
Local government pension scheme
Sheffield recycling workers to resume strike action
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Lobby the TUC for a 24-hour general strike
Jobs and homes, not racism
East Midlands: Save our ambulance service
NHS: Unions must defend national pay bargaining
TUSC councillor rejects Walsall cuts 'consultation'
Prison work - £3 a day is exploitation for profit
Women's prisons - Con-Dems' 'reforms' mean cuts and privatisation
International socialist news and analysis
Norway: Mass murderer Anders Breivik gets life sentence
Kazakhstan: Human rights campaigner Vadim Kuramshin freed
Reviews and comments
Leon Trotsky: A revolutionary's life
Fight council tax benefit cuts
The 'madness' of building homes
Socialist Party news
Notting Hill carnival-goers support Lonmin miners
Socialist Party summer camp
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Save our computer server!
The Socialist 29 August 2012 |
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