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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 February 2013

Hacked off by the capitalist press?

Support the Socialist with a May Day greeting

Bob Severn

On 22 January, less than two months after the Leveson Report was published, billionaire media magnate Rupert Murdoch welcomed Chancellor George (née Gideon) Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson into his Mayfair apartment.

The 'Murdochgate' phone hacking affair exposed the power and corruption - including bribery of police officers and others - exercised by top staff at News International titles and other capitalist papers.

Embarrassed by the Tories' close links to the Murdoch press, the government launched the Leveson Inquiry.

But now the two top Tories have Murdoch back in their dinner party circuit. Is anyone really that surprised?

These old Etonians and Murdoch share the same aims - of increasing the profits of big business, of making the working and middle classes pay for the banksters' crisis, and attacking any workers who fight back against that agenda.

The right-wing press complain of 'union barons' when it is their owners that are the real barons that support the attacks on our living standards through the destruction of public services, cuts in jobs and wages and the ripping up of workers' terms and conditions.

That's why we need a paper that fights for the majority. Our 'reporters' are working class people actively involved in the struggles they report, from workplaces, communities, universities, schools and colleges.

We report the victories that show that if you fight back you can win - from construction workers' disputes in Britain, to Lonmin miners in South Africa.

And the Socialist doesn't just report workers' strikes and the anti-cuts movement, but puts forward a strategy to defeat the cuts and to fight for a socialist alternative.

Back the alternative

We appeal to all readers to help back the Socialist with a May Day greeting this year. Unlike the pro-capitalist press, the Socialist is not backed by big business money, but relies on funding from its readers and supporters.

May Day greetings mark International Workers Day, 1 May, the day when the first US-wide general strike took place in 1886, in demand of a maximum eight-hour working day.

Can you send in a May Day greeting from, for example, your trade union branch, shop-stewards group, anti-cuts campaign, Youth Fight for Jobs group, Socialist Students society, or Socialist Party branch?

Email bobsevern@socialistparty.org.uk or phone 020 8988 8781 for more information or to give your greeting.
You can also give your greeting online at www.socialistparty.org.uk/mayday. The deadline for greeting messages is 10 April - pay by this date for a 25% discount.

Greeting prices include: £500 for a whole page (£375 before 10 April); £300 for a half-page (£225); £170 quarter-page (£127.50); £90 one-eighth (£67.50); £50 one-sixteenth (£37.50); £30 1/32 (£22.50); £20 small box (£15).

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 6 February 2013:


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Fight to save NHS

Revolt against pay cuts strengthened at Mid-Yorkshire NHS

Lewisham hospital protests continue

Whipps Cross workers prepare for fight against jobs and pay cuts

Scrap PFI, not our hospitals


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Cracks in the coalition - we must take advantage of the divided enemy

As Gove attacks teachers: NUT leaders - delay no longer

Childcare plans spell disaster

Them & Us


Socialist Party feature

Organised fightback needed to save council services


Socialist Party reviews and comments

Cut tax dodging not benefits

Film review: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Brutal cuts announced in Cardiff

Derby Labour councillors 'oppose' cuts - then vote for them

Tamil Solidarity looks at 65 years of 'independence' in Sri Lanka

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Socialist Party workplace news

Workers tell Bromley council: We won't sign up to your plans

Labour cuts better than Tory ones?

Attempts to force Unison branches to affiliate to Labour

London mayor pressing ahead with fire service cuts

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Battle for control of mining sector


 

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