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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 December 2013

Socialist Party Christmas appeal

Support the fightback in Con-Dems' Dickensian Britain

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Christmas is coming and the bankers are getting fat! While wage cuts and fuel price rises are the norm for us, we can at least console ourselves that Britain is leading Europe in the number of fat-cat bankers earning more than 1 million.

It could be a scene from Dickens' Christmas Carol with Scrooge sitting on his piles of money while refusing to light the fire in the grate for his freezing workers.

However, unlike Scrooge, there will be no miraculous transformation in Cameron and Osborne. They may fear that the piling up of such extreme wealth while they preach austerity could ignite a movement against the corrupt bankers and their political lackeys, but they will carry on so long as they can get away with it.

They can be put under pressure - their reaction to the popular wave of anger against the fuel companies' profiteering shows this.

Like Scrooge allowing his workers a few sticks of kindling, the government has been forced to make some apparent concessions. But at the same time, despite their per-household profits rising by 300% in three years, the fuel companies still threaten more price rises.

That's why this Christmas, as always, members of the Socialist Party will be out campaigning in the workplaces, the town centres and on the housing estates.

Workers are fighting back against this Scrooge government - university lecturers, housing workers, firefighters, teachers have all taken action recently. But to have the maximum effect we need to combine all the struggles against austerity in the form of a 24-hour general strike.

The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future changed Scrooge's outlook but it is the reawakening of the tradition of struggle of the working class that will drive the Con-Dems back.

The Socialist Party has a vital role to play in this process. That's why we are appealing to all readers of the Socialist to consider making a donation to the fighting fund to help us end the year with the finance we need to continue our struggle in 2014.

We know that money is tight for our readers but every donation, no matter how small, will help us get to our target. You can donate via our website socialistparty.org.uk/donate or by telephoning 020 8988 8777.

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In The Socialist 4 December 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Corporate Killers!

Boris - it's the system, stupid

SNP's white paper will not deliver decisive change

We need mass house building

Build action to save our NHS!

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

The fight against low pay in the United States


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Kent: Unions and parents unite against all the cuts

Fracking comes North...

Council uses court against Bedroom Tax victims

Support the fightback in Con-Dems' Dickensian Britain


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

London TUSC groups plan for 2014 elections


Socialist Party workplace news

Save our fire service!

Npower job cuts must be fought!

Universities: second coordinated strike over pay

London University: strike by support staff

Support striking St Mungos workers

Civil service union calls for an end to violence in Jobcentres

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Is workfare coming to Morrisons?

Film review: Catching Fire

Why I believe in socialism


 

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