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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2015
Forbes list gives the lie to austerity - join the Socialists to fight it!
Sarah-Sachs Eldridge, Socialist Party national organiser
The Forbes rich list proves there's no austerity for the super-rich.
In Britain, the richest five people and families have a combined (and obscene) wealth of over £35 billion. Otherwise known as more money than Tory chancellor Osborne wants to cut in the next budget.
The Socialist Party fights for a world where that vast wealth is no longer hoarded by a few individuals, Instead, use of resources is democratically planned to end the misery of poverty and exploitation worldwide.
The London-based Hinduja brothers top the UK list with around £10 billion. Meanwhile, the Resolution Foundation estimates only £1.4 billion a year could pay Britain's 1.4 million care workers a living wage.
But the Tories plough on - because they represent the capitalist class, the super-rich exploiters. Labour offers no opposition: only five of its MPs bothered to vote against Osborne's £30 billion cuts budget. The so-called 'people's army' - Nigel Farage's Ukip - is in favour of £35 billion of cuts.
The Forbes figures prove cuts are not 'necessary' - the money is there. But we have to fight for it.
The Socialist Party fights for an alternative - a world run in the interests of the billions, not the billionaires. If you agree, then join us and help build the Socialist Party.
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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.
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- 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.
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In The Socialist 4 March 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Housing crisis: Build Homes - Cap Rents
Socialist change to remedy climate change
Man of straw - is cut to size
Forbes list gives the lie to austerity - join the Socialists!
Them & Us
International Women's Day
Women and new unionism: lessons for today
International socialist news and analysis
50,000 march in Moscow after shooting of Nemtsov
TUSC councillors table 'no-cuts' budgets
The Green Party has no answers
Brighton council stuck in budget stalemate
Discussion in United Left on stance in general election
Donate to fight the 'grand coalition'
Socialist Party workplace news
Firefighters march though Westminster
Stop the Crossrail sackings!
More unions join Lewisham anti-academies strike
ICO staff on strike for fair pay
Build the left in CWU elections
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Newcastle united against far-right bigots
Campaign victory saves ten children's centres
Campaigns news in brief
May Day greetings in the Socialist
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