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Posted on 28 February 2013 at 20:20 GMT

Socialist Party to hold annual congress as world crisis deepens - capitalists internationally and in Britain have no answers!

Socialist Party press release, 28 February 2013

The Socialist Party's annual conference takes place this weekend at Clacton. The major subjects for discussion will be the world economic, social and political crisis, the effect on Britain and how the fightback will develop in the trade unions and the youth.

Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, said:
"The Italian elections have shown a rejection of austerity and massive yearning for change, which is reflected throughout Europe, including Britain.

"The main parties in Italy lost massive amounts of support: Berlusconi's party lost six million votes, the 'democrats', the so-called 'left', three million.

"A political vacuum has developed, which was partially filled by Beppe Grillo, a comedian, whose new formation nevertheless gained 25% of the vote by putting forward radical policies against the banks and the political system".

Hannah Sell, deputy general secretary, said:
"The byelection in Eastleigh shows that the big three parties of capitalism have run out of ideas.

"The Tories are still pushing their austerity agenda in spite of the fact that the loss of the AAA credit rating has shown that even on their own terms it's not working.

"And Labour, which wants 'nicer' cuts, has resorted to standing a comedian in the election. The political pygmies who lead the three main parties of capitalism don't mention the catastrophe facing working people and have no answers.

"The only candidate putting forward a real alternative, Daz Procter as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), supported by the Socialist Party, was shamefully ignored by the media.

"The Socialist Party says capitalism is finished as a system that can provide a future for workers and youth; socialism is the way forward."

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The Socialist Party of England and Wales (formerly known as the Militant Tendency) is a campaigning, democratic organisation.

We played a leading role in the Labour group on Liverpool City council in the 1980s when it defied Thatcher and refused to implement cuts, winning 60 million to spend on jobs and services in the city.

We also led the struggle when 18 million people nationwide refused to pay the hated Poll Tax. We fight against all attacks on the rights and living standards of working class people.

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