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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 January 2014
Time for a new workers' party
Socialist Party member Seth Cruse's letter (below) appeared in the 2 January Folkestone Herald in response to a 'disagreement' between a Lib Dem councillor and the local Tory MP.
"Why is Lib Dem Lynne Beaumont using expenses etc as, in her words, 'ammunition' to attack Tory MP Damian Collins, instead of attacking his policies? Is it because both her party and Collins' Tory party share them as a coalition? How could she argue against what her own party endorses?
Beaumont also states in the Folkestone Herald (19 December) that she puts her constituents first, yet it is her and Damian's Con-Dem government's actions that are damaging the community she claims to hold dear.
In reply to the question 'Which of the possible candidates will you vote for?' it won't be Lynne or Damian, nor the Ukip candidate with damaging populist policies of no substance, and it won't be the Labour Party who no longer represent trade unions or workers, or the Greens who support this government's cuts.
I'm voting TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) who are standing a candidate for MP in the next general election. It's time for a new workers' party that will oppose all cuts."
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In The Socialist 8 January 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Axe austerity in 2014
Another year of mass struggles beckons
Unite all workers to end bosses' race to the bottom
Truth revealed about Thatcher's war against the miners
Privatisation Act lies behind the A&E crisis
Greedy landlords create housing hell
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Stop cruel care cuts
Birmingham Labour 'consults' over £87 million cuts
International socialist news and analysis
South Africa: Numsa's bold and historic decision to cut ties with the ANC
Why capitalism mourned Mandela
US: Fight for $15 minimum wage heats up in Seattle
Socialist Party workplace news
CWU Royal Mail agreement: Defend our right to strike!
Hampshire Unison success shows potential for fightback
UPS workers' victory
Every job matters on London Underground
Two PCS strikes on both sides of New Year
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Is UK car building back in Top Gear?
Class injustice at Dickensian court
Time for a new workers' party
Energy Bills: Labour's 'supermarket special offer'
The Socialist 8 January 2014 |
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