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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 February 2016

South London housing demo, January 2016

South London housing demo, January 2016   (Click to enlarge)

Angry south Londoners march against the housing bill

James Ivens, Lambeth Socialist Party

"David Cameron, hear us shout! We know what you're all about: evictions, home losses, mansions for the bosses!"

Over 1,000 angry south Londoners marched on Downing Street on 30 January against the Tory housing bill. Social tenants and part-owners spoke against the bill's attacks on them. But there were also many young, private renters, crammed into human filing cabinets at huge cost, there to fight.

  (Click to enlarge)

Lambeth, the march's starting point, has suffered a lot under the right-wing Labour council. It tried - and failed - to clear the Cressingham Gardens estate, next to the hilly meadows of Brockwell Park. Green space and clean air are too good for ordinary people. Better to 'redevelop' for the market. And residents at the Guinness Trust and many other estates have been victims of Labour's bailiffs.

So it was galling to see Lib Peck, the Blairite council leader, dare to show her face. One of the Socialist Party's two speakers exposed her real role, to fervent applause from the crowd.

The protest grew as it passed by estates and transport hubs. Two marchers laughed as the wind forced them nearly horizontal, battling their banner across Westminster Bridge.

Protesters were keen to carry Socialist Party placards demanding rent control, council homes and taking the wealth off the 1%. And there was a serious attitude to taking on the right - both the Tories and the Blairites - and our proposals for no-cuts council budgets.

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Solidarity with health workers

Tax the 1%

Bedroom Tax ruling: The fight to scrap it must continue

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Conservatives have no interest in collecting corporation taxes

Them & Us


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Private renting: Unfit homes and couch surfing

Witty take on credit crunch misses problems at heart of capitalism

Arrested 'Heathrow 13' climate activist speaks

Letters


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Fight to save Huddersfield A&E

Angry south Londoners march against the housing bill

Newham Labour disunited against austerity

Councillor suspended after cuts query: activists seek joint work

Wakefield tells big business to frack-off!

Celebrating the revolutionary life of Robert Burns

Fighting to save the last two play centres


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World economy heading into a storm

Zika virus: Another healthcare system failure


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Fight to save 1,550 finance jobs in Surrey

Tories axe 310 jobs in Northern powerhouse

London Transport workers braced for huge cuts in spending

Tories are taking London taxi drivers for a ride

Crane drivers' strike for pay rise

Tesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Japan: The failure of 'Abenomics'

CWI world congress success


 

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