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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2019

No to racism - No to austerity - Fight capitalism - Fight for socialism

Marching against racism, 17.11.18, photo Mary Finch

Marching against racism, 17.11.18, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Isai Priya, London Socialist Party

Almost a year since the exposure of the Windrush scandal, the Windrush generation continue to suffer from the 'hostile environment'. They suffer abuse, benefit sanctions, sacking and deportation.

Even a Public Accounts Committee report revealed that many are "homeless or having to rely on family members." The promised compensation scheme is yet to start and the urgent hardship fund took eight months to set up.

The treatment of the Windrush generation is a ruthless example of hostile Tory and Blairite policies that affect the lives of the black and Asian workers in Britain.

Black and Asian workers suffer on average higher unemployment and lower wages. Poverty and prejudice trap many workers in unsafe housing - exemplified by the Grenfell Tower atrocity.

After over ten years of austerity and cuts to our services - ordinary people continue to pay for the crisis caused by bankers and bosses.

Former Tory prime minister David Cameron described refugees escaping war and extreme poverty as a "swarm". When Theresa May was home secretary, she pumped public money into vans to drive around telling migrants to "go home".

The Blairites supported the creation of the hostile environment. In fact, a Blairite, Alan Johnson, first used the phrase in 2010, before the Tories.

Far-right groups like the Football Lads Alliance have further fuelled this propaganda while trying to tap into genuine anger - which we all feel - against cuts to jobs and services and deteriorating living standards.

Their street demonstrations raise alarm and fear among ordinary people. The far-right needs to be exposed and opposed. They have no place in our communities.

The Socialist Party argues that capitalism is the root cause of racism. It's used to divide the working class. The fight against racism must be closely linked to a united fightback of all workers against cuts to our vital services.

We demand a general election now so a Corbyn-led Labour government with a socialist anti-austerity manifesto for the millions and not the millionaires can be elected.

The Socialist Party fights for socialism - a different world based on public ownership and democratic planning of the wealth in society, not the enrichment of a few individuals - a society free from exploitation and oppression.


Event: Fascism - What it is and how to fight it

The writings and speeches by Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of Russian revolution, on this topic are brought together in 'Fascism - What it is and how to fight it'. In this pamphlet, Trotsky carefully analyses how fascism came to power and why the working class is the only force in society capable of defeating it.

It is imperative that socialists discuss how any possible growth of the far right can be fought.

This event - Activist with Ideas, hosted by London Socialist Party - will discuss questions like... will the working class be able to put their stamp on the politics of tomorrow and prevent the rise of the far right? And is it necessary to link the fight against racism and fascism with the fight for a socialist alternative to the capitalist system?

Fascism - What it is and how to fight it by Leon Trotsky is available for 4.50 plus postage at leftbooks.co.uk

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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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • 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 13 March 2019:


News

Anger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts

Weak Tories must go. General election now!

Them & Us


Opinion

History: Alice Wheeldon - an anti-war socialist persecuted by the state

The Socialist Inbox


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

International Women's Day protests

For socialist change, not climate change!

Southampton: Socialist stand against cuts

No to racism - Fight for socialism

Memorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism


What we think

Only socialist planning can save the planet: Build a mass working-class struggle to achieve it!


Workplace news

Neither Tories or EU - only fighting trade unions and a Corbyn-led government can deliver workers' rights

PCS union elections: Huge support for Chris Baugh

Newark NSK strike: "Even Victorian workers got a day off each week. We're expected to have just one weekend off every three weeks"

Breaking news: Birmingham bin workers' strike suspended pending new deal

Workplace news in brief


Universal Credit

Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!


International socialist news and analysis

Brazil: The Threats, attacks and contradictions of Bolsonaro's regime


Obituary

Obituary Joan Beale - Labour women's activist and Militant supporter


 

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