Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1058/29641

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2019

Battered Boris must go... and all the Tories with him!

Socialist Party members sold over 80 copies of the Socialist across the two protests against Boris Johnson on 10 and 11 July 2019, photo Ian Pattison

Socialist Party members sold over 80 copies of the Socialist across the two protests against Boris Johnson on 10 and 11 July 2019, photo Ian Pattison   (Click to enlarge)

Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party national committee

Battered by his own MPs in parliament, his Oxbridge allies in the Supreme Court, and even some press barons, the isolated Tory leader has used his party conference as a platform for a right-wing populist election manifesto.

He is hoping to appeal to working-class leave voters, angered by three years of parliamentary obstructions. But nothing Johnson offers will solve the problems of workers or end the crisis.

Trying to appeal to working-class voters with promises to raise the minimum wage and increase funding for the NHS, schools and the police, shows the looming election will not be fought only on Brexit. It will also be a judgement on austerity. A record that haunts Johnson wherever he goes.

The announcement of an increase in the minimum wage is an admission of the poverty that has risen under the Tory austerity rule of Cameron and May. All voted through by millionaire Johnson.

A promise for the future will do nothing now to alleviate the record rise in child poverty, the daily pressure on low-paid families to buy food and pay the rent.

Attempts to patch up the Tory party with a right-wing populist appeal will not last the week. When a perpetual liar throws around future spending promises on health, education and local authorities, that will mean nothing for the hospitals, schools and councils; for the nurses, porters, teachers, TAs and council workers.

There is no new money today, and what is on offer in no way makes up for years of cuts. So the acute crisis in public services will continue and the anger at austerity will continue to boil.

But as parliament re-opens, the pantomime continues with debates on procedure and inflammatory language. The continued delay and uncertainty over Brexit leaves working-class voters increasingly alienated from politics, and full of four-letter words of their own.

Away from the media headlines, but reported every week in the Socialist, the growing number of localised strikes, and now important national disputes developing in Royal Mail and the universities, reveal the battle lines that this election should be fought over.

Corbyn's own conference commitments on pay, social care, education and scrapping Universal Credit will enthuse working-class and young voters. But it needs to be heard, loud and clear.

That must be done on the streets, through rallies and demonstrations mobilised by the left-led trade unions, demanding an immediate general election and an end to austerity. Corbyn has to call on his own Labour councils not to implement another penny in further cuts.

All of this could counter the lies and slanders in the Tory media.

Linked to a decisive call for a vote of no confidence in Johnson, such a campaign could be a winning platform for Corbyn, especially if he were armed with socialist policies and Labour candidates prepared to fight for a permanent end to the age of austerity.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 2 October 2019:


What we think

Capitalist elite split - fight for a government in the interests of the working class

40 years on: Mandatory reselection more vital for Labour than ever


Brexit

Is a workers' Brexit deal possible?


Fresher's fairs

Freshers fairs 2019: Students impatient for change and determined to fight


News

Battered Boris must go... and all the Tories with him!

Nationalisation only way to safeguard jobs and skills at Wrightbus

Labour's mass social housing pledge

Them&Us


Workplace news

Royal Mail dispute: Workers determined to fight bosses' injustices

PCS general secretary election - Support Marion Lloyd

Bromley libraries strikers proved right

Hull: Construction workers' walkout forces employer to back down

Crown Paints dispute - union senior steward speaks out

End low pay - support Salford Royal security workers' action

Karro Foods victory Hull


International socialist news and analysis

Catalonia independence movement two years on

Egypt: Street protests challenge Trump's favourite dictator


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism 2019: An unmissable event

Now is the moment to join the Socialist Party

Financing socialist struggle


Reader's opinion

The Socialist inbox

Active and strong member of Socialist Party reaches 80


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 October 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Tories:

triangleSave education - Kick out the Tories

triangleStrike, Protest, Vote - to Kick the Tories out

triangleYork Socialist Party: Tories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Tories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

triangleBradford & Wakefield Socialist Party: Tories Out! Corbyn in with socialist policies

Austerity:

triangleGreen Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

triangleWolverhampton Socialist Party: How can we get the Tories out and end austerity?

trianglePay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary

triangleTories out! Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies

Election:

triangleHelp socialist ideas spread this election: donate!

triangleGeneral secretary election: Enthusiastic support for Marion Lloyd

triangleAttacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

Tory:

triangleNEU support staff dismiss Tory 'extra funding' hype

triangleThe Cameron Tory legacy

Socialist:

triangleSocialism 2019 - what you thought

EU:

triangleThe Brexit battles still to come

General election:

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: General Election 2019 rally

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

13/11/19

Education

Save education - Kick out the Tories

13/11/19

Green Party

Green Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

13/11/19

General election

Strike, Protest, Vote - to Kick the Tories out

13/11/19

CWU

High Court injunction: solidarity to the CWU - support the posties!

13/11/19

NHS

NHS in critical condition

13/11/19

Labour Party

Labour MP targeted by right wing stands as independent

13/11/19

General election

Attacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

6/11/19

Election

Tories out! Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies

6/11/19

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell fire inquiry spin deflects blame from establishment

6/11/19

General election

General election 2019 round-up

6/11/19

Tony Blair

Tony Blair launches manifesto to sabotage a Corbyn government

30/10/19

Black history

Black Liberation... Only possible through socialist struggle

30/10/19

General election

Tories out now! Bin Boris

30/10/19

Migration

39 migrants found dead in Essex lorry container

30/10/19

Argos

Argos Christmas bonus cut

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999