Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 February 2011

What we think

Reject 'TINA'- fight for socialism

Demonstration in Southampton by Unite and Unison against Tory attacks on terms and conditions and cuts in public services, photo David Smith

Demonstration in Southampton by Unite and Unison against Tory attacks on terms and conditions and cuts in public services, photo David Smith   (Click to enlarge)

The pages of the Socialist are bulging with reports from workers, young people and other service users who are organising to fight the cuts.

Con-Dem ministers and Labour councillors play the blame game. Councillors claim they have no choice but to axe vital services. Ministers say councillors have 'freedom to choose' how they implement spending cuts and could save some (popular) services by cutting others.

Both of these positions are unacceptable and working class people have no choice but to fight all cuts - whoever makes them.

Polls show that, despite a constant and exclusive diet of TINA (there is no alternative) from big business politicians, backed up by their media friends, almost a third of people believe the cuts are unnecessary. This number will multiply as the fightback develops, as it will be accompanied with increasing realisation of the amount of money that is swilling around in big business circles.

It's estimated that a tax on Barclays' 2.7 billion bonus pool alone would allow the government to reverse cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance, disability allowance and housing benefit.

A YouGov poll in 2010 showed that "74% of the population would favour a tax on the wealthiest six million (who have an average of 4 million of private wealth per household) to pay off the national debt and therefore avoid the cuts".

However, none of the main political parties has any intention of doing anything like this. Health minister Andrew Lansley has received an estimated 20,000 from private health care companies, while the Mirror reports that such companies have paid out 750,000 to the Tories. The Con-Dems and their Labour predecessors act in the interest of the directors and owners of these companies and those in other sectors of big business and finance.

"Too far, too fast" is not an effective rallying cry. Labour leader Ed Miliband is worse than useless in opposition, merely criticising the speed at which cuts are carried through.

In national and local government Labour has carried through a Tory agenda of privatisation. For instance, in the NHS the 'internal market' was massively expanded under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, preparing the ground for the Con-Dems to smash the NHS completely.

The Tories' motives go way beyond a temporary austerity drive. This was made clear when David Cameron blurted out last August: "Should we cut things now and go back later to try and restore them later? I think we should avoid that approach."

Working class people need our own mass party - one which fights all the cuts. A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development of 700 employers revealed that firms in all sectors plan to shed 6.2% on average of their workforce in the first quarter of this year, up from 3.8% in the previous quarter.

A mass workers' party could demand a 35-hour week without loss of pay. And that the billions paid out in bonuses to bankers should instead be invested in a programme of socially useful job creation.

Many more measures along these lines are necessary, but we also need to take into account that capitalism, a system motivated solely by private profit, means there will always be crises, always be poverty and inequality. That is why, as well as fighting the cuts, the Socialist Party proposes a socialist alternative. That would mean ordinary people deciding how our lives are run, how the wealth and resources in the economy can be used to meet our needs - not to stack up in the vaults of bank executives and in the assets and luxuries of the rich.

Instead of making cuts, a socialist government would nationalise the banks and major corporations and place them under democratic workers' control and management. Compensation would be paid only on the basis of proven need. A state monopoly on foreign trade and transactions could stop the wealthy removing money.

A socialist planned economy would make us no longer subject to the whim of the markets. The resources made available would transform all our lives - providing living standards and services that are unimaginable under capitalism.

If you agree, join the Socialist Party.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 16 February 2011:

Anti-cuts campaign

Join the fightback against cuts!

Labour councillors' arguments refuted at People's Convention

The Tories and the City

Hundreds pack into Liverpool meeting against cuts

Private tenants are the poor relations in housing

News in brief

International socialist news and analysis

Egypt: What next after the overthrow of mubarak?

Egypt - the revolution must go on

Hopes and fears in the upcoming Irish election: Socialist Party support increasing amongst working class

Workplace news and analysis

Defending jobs in South Wales

Portsmouth anti-cuts campaign presents an alternative

Rawmarsh teachers' action wins reprieve

No to Cutts!

UCU members prepare for battle on pensions and pay

Defend the Four!

Workplace news in brief


Greenwich marches against brutal council cuts

Worcester: end the cuts and the coalition!

Reject 'TINA'- fight for socialism

Action across the country - fighting all council cuts

Marxist analysis: history

Britain 1911-1914: The great unrest - lessons for today

Socialist Students

Tuition fees increase spells misery for students: Build a united fightback!

Socialist Party reviews

Construction Safety Campaign

Mark Thomas: Extreme rambling


Home   |   The Socialist 16 February 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleWest London Socialist Party: Young people need socialism!

triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleCaerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: Why do women need socialism?

triangleWhy do young people need socialism?

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: What is Socialism?


triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity


triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution


triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

triangleThe end of the Tories?

Big business:

triangleThe Tories must be driven out

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis



The end of the Tories?



Nasty party out the Tories


Black history

The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity



Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right


Universal Credit

Major attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty


Them & Us

Them & Us



NHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts



IMF helps cause inequality it slams



Tories wreck our NHS



Monarch abdicates responsibility to workers



Capitalism and human progress



Bending the knee v Trump



The Tories must be driven out



Labour Party conference: Action against establishment sabotage still needed



Anti-austerity opposition needed to seize on Tories' weakness

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice