Socialist Party
| Print

29 May 2019

Trump out - Tories out!

Portsmouth Socialist Party

Tens of thousands will take to the streets of London on 4 June to protest against the visit of US president Donald Trump. During his state visit he will also attend - at the invitation of doomed prime minister Theresa May - D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, angering many.

The sacrifice of D-Day soldiers and others in the fight against fascism during World War Two led to the election of a reforming Labour government in 1945, by returning servicemen and women, determined not to see a return to the capitalist crisis and austerity of the 1930s.

To see May and Trump show their respects is the height of hypocrisy after overseeing a decade of austerity that has thrown many veterans further into poverty, with cuts on pensions, benefits, housing and the NHS.

The great-great grandchildren of these veterans, also hit by austerity, are joining the fightback by leading climate strikes. They are helping to build the protests against Trump in Portsmouth alongside local trade unionists.

These world leaders, 'masters of the universe', are masters of hypocrisy. Their claims to defend democracy and act for the many as voices for peace and prosperity are shallow lies to hide the reality. Representatives of the super-rich, their policies are for imperialist plunder and profit, if necessary through war and sponsoring dictatorships.

For workers and their families in Portsmouth, including those working in the armed forces and defence industries, their policies of austerity have led to massive cuts in jobs, particularly at Portsmouth BAE dockyards, pay, pensions, benefits, education, the NHS and council services.

Growing poverty, food banks and homelessness is the outcome. For armed forces personnel returning from conflict, cuts to mental health services has left many of them suicidal and living on the streets.

Portsmouth trade unionists, students and socialists have come together to sign a joint letter of protest opposing the visit of Trump saying: "Trump's system is one of war and militarism, exploitation and misery, racism and misogyny.

"We stand for a system based on solidarity and the belief that together, united as a class, working people can surmount the international problems caused by the elites like Donald Trump - from climate change to capitalism itself."

This letter has raised the call made by the Socialist Party for an immediate general election to bring down the Tory government which invited Trump: "An immediate general election, putting an anti-austerity Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government committed to socialist policies in power, is the only way to deliver for the many not the few."

Only on the basis of a socialist world can we hope to see an end to poverty, racism and war, where the world's resources can be used in a rational way through democratic workers' control and planning to meet the needs of all and the planet.




http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/29169




Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

The cover of Socialism Today issue 236

triangle21 Feb Preparing for the post-Corbyn era

triangle19 Feb Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll...

triangle19 Feb Cuts and climate change cause floods

triangle19 Feb Striking to fight education cuts and marketisation

triangle19 Feb Labour Party and trans rights

triangle19 Feb Keep the pressure on to save Royal Glam A&E

triangle19 Feb 'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

More ...

WHAT'S ON

triangle22 Feb Leicester Socialist Party: Fighting austerity & anti-trade union laws

triangle25 Feb Chesterfield Socialist Party: Is the time right for a new Scottish workers' party?

triangle25 Feb Bristol North Socialist Party: Trotsky's 'permanent revolution'

triangle25 Feb Birmingham SE Socialist Party: The role of a revolutionary party

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999