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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 November 2019
Whose side are you on?
Tories out! - Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies
Whose side are you on? That was the theme of Jeremy Corbyn's speech that launched Labour's election campaign.
While the Tories are on the side of the "dodgy landlords" who evict families to make way for luxury apartments, Corbyn has pledged to build 100,000 affordable homes and cap private rents.
While Johnson represents the "bad bosses" who exploit their workers, Labour wants to raise the minimum wage right away to at least £10 an hour, including for young workers, and scrap zero-hour contracts.
Corbyn promises to go after the "big polluters", "tax dodgers" and "vested interests" - creating green energy jobs and increasing taxes on the rich.
Supporting the post workers at the Socialism 2019 Saturday rally, photo Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
He has pledged to stop Tory cuts and privatisation, rebuild the NHS, schools and other public services, scrap Universal Credit and put rail, mail and water into public ownership. Personal care for the elderly and prescriptions will be free and tuition fees scrapped.
This is a clear anti-austerity platform that puts the interests of the working class centre stage.
That's why we are campaigning for the victory of a Corbyn-led government in this election. But at the same time we recognise that the privileged elite - the bankers, the billionaires and the private profiteers 'on the other side' - will do everything they can to protect their "vested interests".
So as well as fighting to elect a Corbyn government, we are organising now for the socialist programme and future battles that will be necessary to bring about the radical change in the interests of working-class people that is so desperately needed.
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In The Socialist 6 November 2019:
Whose side are you on? Tories out - Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies
Tony Blair launches manifesto to sabotage a Corbyn government
Grenfell fire inquiry spin deflects blame from establishment
General election 2019 round-up
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: How a mass revolutionary movement for genuine socialism was diverted
Elections, strikes and revolutions: Socialism 2019 - daring to fight
PCS: "Under the right leadership workers are prepared to fight"
Royal Mail strike: "This is going to be the biggest battle we've seen in Britain for a number of years"
McDonald's: 'I'm fighting for £15 an hour now because I have to work from 7am to midnight'
Northern Ireland: Uniting the working class to transcend division
Preparing to shape events internationally
International socialist news and analysis
End repression in Chile - freedom for soldier David Veloso
PCS: Pay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary
UCU votes for pay and pension strikes
Incompetent bosses use tech to bully us
£1 million cuts plan: Peabody housing workers announce strike ballot
Forbo Flooring Derbyshire strike
West Midlands Trains guards to strike
Double-dealing Hackney council bosses face renewed strike action
Minimum wage debate: what should we be demanding?
TV: Crime and Punishment - this brutal watch is a damning indictment of cuts and capitalism
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