The Socialist 6 September 2003
Teach Blair A Lesson
Teach Blair A Lesson Build a new workers' party
AS SCHOOLS go back for the new term, many will find they are short of teachers. A headteacher survey says secondary schools in England and Wales have sacked 700 teachers and 300 support staff.
Another 2,700 teachers haven't been replaced.
Blair can find £5 billion for attacking and occupying Iraq but our schools are underfunded and understaffed. Young people who want to go to university face top-up fees of up to £3,000.
It doesn't matter how hard Blair tries to 'sex' them up, fees hit working-class young people hardest and put them off higher education.
Who wants to start their working life up to their neck in debt? Things are bad enough now. A survey by accounting giant KMPG showed nearly 1 in 5 people owe between £10,000 and £40,000, excluding mortgage repayments.
Nearly a quarter end up getting a loan just to cover day-to-day costs such as electricity bills! At the same time, one million children are suffering severe and persistent poverty.
Blair's got more than the Hutton inquiry to worry about. 160,000 Post Office workers are balloting on strike action against low wages, job losses and privatisation (see back page).
If they vote yes for action they should have the support of all workers who want to see an end to low pay and the selling off of public services.
Poverty pay, public services in crisis, privatisation, war, lies and spin - working-class people have had enough of Blair and the rest of his New Labour cronies.
Don't let them off the hook. Join the Socialist Party and our campaign for a new workers' party.
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