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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 August 2015
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This edition of the Socialist and previous ones give a glimpse of the stormy period ahead of us. The Tories have announced they are ramping up attacks on young people and the organised working class. This autumn they will be trying to pass into law the anti-trade union bill, further attacks on benefits and more.
There is a massive need to fight back. At the same time as the attacks are being drawn up we've seen the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, showing the popularity of anti-austerity ideas. Whatever the outcome of the Labour leadership election it's clear that there are sharp turns ahead.
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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 19 August 2015:
Socialist Party features
The Labour Party, Militant and 'infiltration'
Gulf War 'unfinished business' remains today
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
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Fascists caged, humiliated and driven out of Liverpool
We won't pay for their crisis!
Anger at bus service cuts in Sheffield
TUSC by-election boost in Grimsby and Cleethorpes
Socialist Party news and analysis
Corbyn stand: A welcome upheaval in British politics
Solidarity with the Polish workers' strike
Government discrimination against EU workers
Kids Company closure
Them & Us
Workplace news and analysis
Socialist challenges right winger for Unison leadership
National Gallery all-out strike goes on as bosses sell off jobs
London tube's summer of strikes joined by First Great Western
Probation and courts union Napo needs socialist leadership
Uni unions ready Manchester jobs fight
Retail union must fight Sunday trading deregulation
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: Building a new left alternative after Syriza capitulation
Ireland: drop the prosecutions, scrap the water charges
US: Kshama Sawant leads Seattle primary elections count on 50%
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