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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 December 2013

Message to our readers and contributors

To all our readers and contributors,

The Socialist thanks our readers and subscribers for your support during 2013. Without your continued financial support it would be difficult to maintain the weekly paper.

We are very grateful for the marvellous material that has been sent in by our 'citizen journalists' from their experience of life in 'Austerity Britain'.

Over the year we have been moved by depictions of the reality for working class people, angered by the exposés of the lies, greed and hypocrisy of those who defend crisis-ridden capitalism, heard otherwise forgotten working class history - and been proud to report the news of the struggle to resist the cuts and capitalism.

Trade unionists, anti-cuts activists, and young people involved in struggle have all contributed. Socialist Party members and those we work with in campaigns have made their voices heard in the pages of the Socialist.

We look forward to continuing to fight against austerity together in 2014 - standing no-cuts candidates in the 2014 May council elections with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, campaigning for a 24-hour general strike with the National Shop Stewards Network and others in the trade unions to unite our struggles and show the strength of the working class in action, and standing firmly for internationalism and socialism.

In solidarity,
The Socialist editors

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
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In The Socialist 11 December 2013:


International socialist news and analysis

After Mandela: The struggle must continue

Cameron 'kowtows' to Chinese dictatorship


Socialist Students

Cops Off Campus: NUS must call a national demonstration now!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Osborne's budget statement - work 'til you drop or fight back!

Reactions to the Autumn Statement

Fight for our NHS: Public health, not private profit

Struggling workers say 'fight poverty pay'!

Austerity and the new working poor

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Floods: "Daddy, there's water on the floor"

Swansea councillors: which side are you on?

Why I've donated to the Socialist Party Christmas appeal

Obituary: Joel Lane, 1963-2013

Message to our readers and contributors


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Building TUSC in byelections


 

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