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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 November 2014
Labour - the singer or the song?
The Con-Dems are the most unpopular government in living memory. They crush the poor and force-feed the rich. Suicides of people unable to cope with miserly benefits are increasing. Yet Labour's lead limps between 1% and 4%. Why?
The would-be political assassins of Ed Miliband are condemned by Labour worthies like Hain and Blunkett, who say Ed should get on the doorstep to project Labour's policies.
If he did it would go like this: 'Vote for me and I'll maintain the Con-Dem spending cap; vote for me and I'll maintain the public sector wage freeze; the privatised utilities will remain in private hands; the Health Care Act will be repealed but there's little I can do about the privatisation of the NHS. Vote for me and I'll be tougher with the unemployed than the Con-Dems; and I'll maintain the most vicious anti-trade union laws in Western Europe.'
Ed's problem is not that he looks silly eating a sandwich, but that Labour offers a continuation of austerity not fundamentally different to the Con-Dems.
Those socialists who remain with Labour should now put their energies into building a new mass party of the working class, spearheaded by TUSC, so offering a clear socialist alternative to the electorate.
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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.
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In The Socialist 12 November 2014:
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Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Leading Scottish trade unionists back TUSC
Leicester party building school
Reviews and readers' comments
Exhibition review: Disobedient Objects
Theatre Review: United We Stand
Little charity from high paid care bosses
Labour - the singer or the song?
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