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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 October 2019
Tories out - general election now
Tories Out! The NSSN lobbies the TUC, Sept 2019, photo Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle Socialist Party
Boris Johnson will be hoping that the archaic ceremony surrounding the Queen's Speech will act as a distraction from the Brexit crisis. An unofficial party political broadcast, it combined empty promises on social issues with a hardline 'law and order' agenda.
The speech pledged to "support and strengthen the NHS... enabling it to deliver the highest quality care".
Time and time again the Tories have shown they cannot be trusted with the NHS. Recent reports show that 4.3 million patients are stuck on waiting lists.
There are labour wards that are too cold to safely care for babies. One hospital trust reported faeces had seeped through the floor in an ultrasound corridor.
Victims of domestic abuse have been promised transformative legislation. Any legal protection is welcome but it is necessary to fight to end cuts to the services women need to be safe.
The Tories have presided over almost £7 million of cuts to refuges since 2010. Such is the shortage that there have been cases of women and children being rehoused, unsafely, in generic homeless hostels.
The Queen's Speech also announced Johnson's promise that "all young people will have access to excellent education - unlocking their full potential". Tell that to the children who have had their school hours cut because education budgets have been slashed to the bone.
It seems that as mayor of London Boris Johnson had no qualms handing out taxpayer-funded grants to a known associate. And Tories have always been happy to pay off bankers and cut taxes for the rich.
But Johnson's promise to deliver all the pledges outlined in the Queen's Speech, under what he brags will be a "dynamic free-market capitalism", will be like pie crusts - easily broken!
- General election to kick out the Tories
- No to a Tory bosses' Brexit
- No unity with pro-austerity MPs
- For an anti-austerity Corbyn-led government with socialist policies
- For an EU exit deal that defends jobs, workers' interests and the environment
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In The Socialist 16 October 2019:
What we think
Corbyn must stand firm against establishment and Labour right
Mass united action against the war on Syrian Kurds
Minimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?
News and reviews
Tories out - general election now
The Cameron Tory legacy
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PCS general secretary election: Marion Lloyd - standing for action on members' pay, jobs, pensions and more
Wales: Hundreds march to save the Orb works
RMT: Jared Wood - Fighting cuts, defending jobs, pay and conditions
Hackney SEND transport workers achieve victory
NEU support staff dismiss Tory 'extra funding' hype
Workplace news in brief
Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019: Courageous fighter for the working class and socialism
Book: The Making of a Liverpool Militant by Tony Mulhearn
China after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Be part of the future: join the Socialist Party
Mass union mobilisation needed to counter anti-choice group
Major new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism
Trade unionists discuss climate change
Pressure needed to force secret police disclosure
International socialist news and analysis
Uprising in Ecuador forces government climbdown
Catalonia: Mass protests against punitive political jailings
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