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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 May 2001

Fed Up With Labour's Empty Promises?

Vote For A Socialist Alternative

LABOUR still haven't delivered on their previous unambitious election pledges but they now want us to swallow five new key pledges in good faith. After four years in power many working-class people know Labour won't deliver but want an alternative.

Hundreds of socialist candidates are putting a working-class socialist alternative to Labour's empty promises.

Pensions

Labour says it will keep the pensioners' winter fuel payment and raise the minimum wage to 4.20.

Socialists will fight for a 7 an hour minimum wage, a 35-hour week, for an immediate 50% increase in pensions, and a 280 a week minimum income for all.

Schools

Labour says it wants 10,000 extra teachers and higher standards in schools.

Socialists campaign for free, good quality education for all from nursery to university with a living grant. This means providing many more full-time teachers, with shorter working hours and lower class sizes than Labour's plans allow for. We also say tuition fees should be abolished now.

Health

Labour pledges 20,000 more nurses and 10,000 extra doctors in a reformed NHS.

Socialists argue for an immediate 20 billion cash injection into the NHS to make it free at the point of use and rebuild it under democratic public control. Labour is not even promising for the new nursing posts to be full-time positions.

Inner city poverty

Labour wants 6,000 more police to tackle drugs and crime.

Socialists say use that money to provide proper jobs for young people and rebuild run-down inner-city areas. End police harassment and bring them under democratic local control.

The future

Labour wants to deliver economic stability with low mortgages, low inflation and no return to boom and bust.

Socialists want a socialist society and economy run to meet the needs of all while protecting the environment. This means taxing the wealthy and big business while taking into public ownership the top 150 companies that dominate the economy under democratic working-class control and management.

Join us and campaign for Socialist Party, Socialist Alliance and Scottish Socialist Party candidates. Every vote for them shows Blair's New Labour how much working-class people are looking for a Socialist Alternative to Labour's pitiful pledges.

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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 18 May 2001:

Vote For A Socialist Alternative

Tuition fees no way! Fight Threats To Non-Payers

Taxing our patience

Major parties leave students in debt

Nellist launches Socialist Alliance manifesto

Women fed up of 'hard' Labour

Italian general election: Mr Big buys his way to power

Council workers back anti-cuts candidate

New Labour's 'ten year' plans


 

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