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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2015
Election appeal 2015
Donate to fight the 'grand coalition'
"Good luck to all TUSC candidates, on to a better future" said Marcus Edwards from Llanelli, posting £50 to the Socialist Party Election Appeal. What a contrast with Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Edgbaston, who instead of straining every nerve to stop the Tories, has floated the idea of Labour joining a 'grand coalition' with them after the election.
Increasingly people are asking: 'What's the point of Labour?' Set up to be the political voice for the working class and trade unions, Labour has lost touch with ordinary people. The reason that the idea of a 'grand coalition' can even be raised is that the main parties all fundamentally fight for the same thing - making us pay for the bankers' crisis with our jobs and services. Increasingly Labour councillors who want to stand up against the cuts are being forced out of the party. Some have joined TUSC.
Just like the founders of the Labour Party, who stood up to the Liberals and declared the need for a working class force, we need to found a new workers' party that sees its job as representing the 99%, not governing to make Britain safe for the banks.
The TUSC election challenge this May is the best answer to all the Gisela Stuarts - Labour won't represent us, so we will build our own alternative.
Thanks to all who have donated so far, including Ron Phillips, who has paid the first instalment of his £250 pledge, Trevor Palmer towards his pledge of £300, Mark Andrews towards his pledge of £75, Claire Wren towards her pledge of £50 and a Coventry Unison member who has finished paying a pledge of £110. Also Ronnie and Claire Job (£100), Bill Murray (£100), Bryan and Barbara from Hatfield (£700), and Judy Griffiths (£100).
You can donate on www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate, phone 020 8988 8777 to make a card payment, or post a cheque made out to "Socialist Party" to PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD. Please mark your donation "election appeal 2015".
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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.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 4 March 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Housing crisis: Build Homes - Cap Rents
Socialist change to remedy climate change
Man of straw - is cut to size
Forbes list gives the lie to austerity - join the Socialists!
Them & Us
International Women's Day
Women and new unionism: lessons for today
International socialist news and analysis
50,000 march in Moscow after shooting of Nemtsov
TUSC councillors table 'no-cuts' budgets
The Green Party has no answers
Brighton council stuck in budget stalemate
Discussion in United Left on stance in general election
Donate to fight the 'grand coalition'
Socialist Party workplace news
Firefighters march though Westminster
Stop the Crossrail sackings!
More unions join Lewisham anti-academies strike
ICO staff on strike for fair pay
Build the left in CWU elections
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Newcastle united against far-right bigots
Campaign victory saves ten children's centres
Campaigns news in brief
May Day greetings in the Socialist
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