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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 August 2011

After the riots...

A mass workers' movement is needed to defeat this rotten government

In her 9 August article (A mass workers' movement is needed to defeat the government) Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary reminded readers of a warning the Socialist Party had previously given:

"The scenes of despair and explosions of anger like those of 1981 will be back on our streets.

"Deprived areas of major cities - if not the central areas, then the 'banlieus' or outskirts as in France - will be the scene of new conflagrations."

This warning was given just four months ago, in an article on the anniversary of the Brixton riots.

While opposing rioting and looting Hannah concluded:

"The explosion of anger on Britain's streets is above all a condemnation of capitalism, and its inability to offer the next generation even the measly standard of living that workers have had in the last twenty years.

"The trade union movement needs to act to show it is on the side of young people, but to be fully effective this needs to be linked to the struggle to develop a new mass party for workers and youth which stands for a socialist society.

"Only by taking the big corporations that dominate Britain's economy into democratic public ownership would it be possible to begin to provide a real future for young people.

"Capitalism is incapable of providing even the basics - a decent job, a home, an education - to the next generation. Democratic socialism would mean production could be planned to meet the needs of all and not for profits of a few."


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In The Socialist 17 August 2011:


The street eruptions and aftermath

Con-Dems to blame for anger of youth - mass, trade union-led workers' response needed

Workers & youth unite!

After the riots... A mass workers’ movement is needed

Tell the TUC - call a 24-hour public sector general strike!

Birmingham peace rally shows need for jobs and services, not cuts

North London Unity demo - 'Workers and youth, unite and fight'

Defend council tenants from eviction!

Build strike action to defeat Con-Dems

Vital services "dying" because of cuts

Extracts from a statement from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU):

Youth workers' warnings ignored across the country

Trade union branch model resolution


Socialist Party news and analysis

World economy: Capitalists unable to stop the turmoil

News in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Stop the far-right EDL thugs

EDL try to act as vigilantes in Leicester

Reports: Pride gets political

Winston Silcott - framed by the police and justice system


Socialist Party youth and students

Doors continuously shutting on young people's futures

Youth march in Wales to demand jobs


Socialist history

The Great Unrest 1911

Liverpool 1911 - Jack's story


Socialist Party workplace news

Massive vote to continue action against Southampton cuts

Angry construction workers meet to plan strike action

Reinstate Paddy Brennan at Honda


Comments and reviews

Racist Starkey attacks rap


 

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