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From: The Socialist issue 1043, 22 May 2019: Birmingham home carersĀ’ victory - Strikers push back cuts council

Search site for keywords: Letters - The Socialist - Socialist - Pensioners - Austerity

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The Socialist inbox: letters to the editors, photo Suzanne Beishon

The Socialist inbox: letters to the editors, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

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Farage EU elections

The Merseyside Pensioners Association views with grave concern the growing popularity of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, which, according to polls, is polling 34% for the EU elections, with Labour next closest at 16%, and the Tories on a derisory 10%.

We believe this support for Farage reflects disaffection with the two main parties, and has created a vacuum which Farage is filling with his 'anti-establishment' demagogy which is the stock in trade of the populist right.

The question of austerity, equality and growing poverty, particularly among the working poor, is completely absent in these debates.

We are calling on Jeremy Corbyn and the trade union leaders to launch a mass campaign to expose the hypocrisy of Farage, 'Tommy Robinson' and their allies, by highlighting the ongoing attacks on working people which continue to be the policy of this government, a policy to which Farage's Brexit Party offers no alternative, and clearly posing the socialist alternative to austerity.

Tony Mulhearn, Merseyside Pensioners Association

Saving app scam

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On social media I'm getting constant adverts for apps that can "help me save" from the likes of "Plum." They analyse your transaction history and automatically take money out of your account and put it into savings.

Others round up when you pay for items, and put your change into savings. This alongside patronising tweets by banks about cost-cutting measures show how removed those at the top are from the lives of working-class young people.

They take 1+1 and find it equals 3. I would like to see the Plum app try and "analyse" the bank account of a Deliveroo driver or someone on a zero-hour contract. I suspect it will make the app crash.

Helen Pattison, Ilford, east London

Pensioner benefit cuts

Lord True has recommended that pensioners' free bus travel, TV licences and winter fuel payments should be next in line for skinflint Tory cuts.

He has the audacity to scapegoat pensioners for the lack of affordable housing for young people.

As an unelected parasite, presumably he has forgotten that pensioners have votes.

Derek McMillan, Worthing

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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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