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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the public sector wage freeze; the privatised utilities will remain in private hands; the Health Care Act will be repealed but there's little I can do about the privatisation of the NHS.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.

Tony Mulhearn

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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 12 November 2014:


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Socialism '14: infused with contagious confidence

'A magical fairyland' of corporate tax avoiders

What recovery? Thousands more jobs axed

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Afghanistan war: A legacy of death and destruction

Mid-term elections do not mean shift to right in US


Socialist history

25 years after the Berlin Wall fell


Socialist Party youth and students

Build the education fightback

Fight for our future!


Socialist Party workplace news

St Mungo's strikers celebrate victory

Care UK workers to ballot on 2% pay deal

Sheffield recycling: 'We're out until the boss is out'

Crane drivers tell HTC: It's time to pay up!

Fight JCB's 150 job cuts

London RMT: Vote John Reid


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?

Flawed maths of the bedroom tax


Obituary

Heulwen Davies 1960-2014


 

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