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The Socialist 11 June 2014

Baby feed death - NHS: Private profit kills

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NHS: Private profit kills

Newark byelection: capitalist parties in crisis

'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?

World Cup carnival can't hide corruption and injustice

Them & Us


Tiananmen Square 1989

The battle of Orgreave


Spain: European elections redefine political map

Greece: CWI councillors elected


10 July: United action can beat austerity

Bakers' union calls for general strike

Unison: No waiting for Labour - fight the job cuts

Housing workers strike against rep suspension

Firefighters to walk out for 24-hours

Care UK workers continue dispute

Workplace news in brief


Now is the time to join the Socialists!

Why I'm a socialist

Stevenage: EDL not welcome here

Cuts consensus: Labour joins with Ukip to back Tory council


Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Obituary: George Duff

 
 
 
 

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Cuts consensus: Labour Joins with Ukip to back Tory council in Portsmouth

Any illusions in the anti-establishment credentials of Portsmouth's new Ukip councillors were swiftly dashed when they joined forces with New Labour and the Tories to support the newly installed Tory minority council.

Last month's election results left the Conservatives with 12 of the city's 42 seats, while the Lib Dems had 19. This meant the Tories were forced to rely on the support of the six Ukip and four Labour candidates, who readily provided it.

The new council is to be led by former HBOS banker Donna Jones, who so struggled to find any policy differences between her and her allies in the other establishment parties that her flagship election pledge was to attract car dealerships to sponsor public toilets closed by cuts.

While the election cost the Lib Dems control of the city, it was Labour who fared worst. They were defeated by Ukip in every ward, losing a councillor in Paulsgrove, their only electoral stronghold in the city.

Labour continually refused to address the issue of austerity, instead choosing to focus their campaign on closing a local swimming complex, the Pyramids Centre, while attacking disgraced MP Mike Hancock.

Portsmouth Labour's trade union liaison officer, and Socialist Appeal supporter, Sion Reynolds went so far as to call a position which opposed all cuts 'imbecilic', perhaps forgetting that it is the official position of Portsmouth Trades Council. Similarly, when challenged on cuts to education, Labour leader John Ferret described himself as 'agnostic' to free schools and academies, refusing to take a position.

The decision by Labour to unite with Ukip behind the Tories simply officialises what has long been true. The role of official opposition must now fall to the city's trade unions and community anti-cuts groups.

Portsmouth Socialist Party, working with its allies in the RMT and other unions, challenged the cuts consensus by standing 14 community-based candidates across every ward in the city. It is now vital that the campaign continues to unite all those who demand an alternative to austerity.

Find out more at www.socialistportsmouth.co.uk or follow Portsmouth TUSC at @TUSCPompey

Portsmouth Socialist Party

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 6 June 2014 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS: Private profit kills

Newark byelection: capitalist parties in crisis

'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?

World Cup carnival can't hide corruption and injustice

Them & Us


Anniversaries

Tiananmen Square 1989

The battle of Orgreave


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: European elections redefine political map

Greece: CWI councillors elected


Socialist Party workplace news

10 July: United action can beat austerity

Bakers' union calls for general strike

Unison: No waiting for Labour - fight the job cuts

Housing workers strike against rep suspension

Firefighters to walk out for 24-hours

Care UK workers continue dispute

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Now is the time to join the Socialists!

Why I'm a socialist

Stevenage: EDL not welcome here

Cuts consensus: Labour joins with Ukip to back Tory council


Readers' comments and reviews

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Obituary: George Duff


 

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