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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 July 2015

Cuts for us, handouts for rich

Fight the Tories' 'Them & Us' budget

Photo Liz West (Creative Commons)

Photo Liz West (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Matt Dobson

Wednesday 8 July will be remembered as a day of horror for millions of households across Britain. 12 billion welfare cuts will mean many families having thousands of pounds cut from their income every year.

Young people face being taken out of the benefit system altogether. Charities and voluntary sector organisations point to the catastrophic consequences, estimating that two million more children will be dragged into poverty.

It's a budget for the billionaires and the millionaires, with inheritance tax being cut. Rather than taxing the wealth of property speculators who litter cities with unaffordable empty luxury flats, council house and housing association tenants who earn a reasonable wage will be hit with full market rents.

For the greedy city financiers and their political lackeys, even this banquet budget for the rich at the expense of the poor, is not enough. Osborne is being urged to remove the measly levy on the biggest banks and Tory party leadership contender Boris Johnson is lobbying for another reduction of the top rate of income tax, from 45p to 40p.

Austerity for the working and middle classes helps to finance the profits, tax breaks, bonuses and opulent lifestyles of the super-rich and the bosses. It is also to foot the bailout bill for the economic crisis which they and their capitalist system caused. Osborne's devastating austerity is being repeated by the capitalist class internationally.

Fightback

In Britain we have seen the recent large and inspiring marches against the Tories' cuts agenda. But the most effective form of mobilisation of working people must be utilised - national coordinated strike action, including a 24-hour general strike.

Over 300 shop stewards and workplace reps met at the National Shop Stewards Network Conference on 4 July and voted to build a campaign for the trade unions to take this necessary strike action.

We also need a political challenge to the establishment parties that fight tooth and nail for the interests of big business and the super-rich. We need a mass, independent working class based, fighting left-wing party - a party to articulate the struggles of workers and youth, and put forward a socialist alternative to endless austerity.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition which stood hundreds of candidates in the recent council and general elections, in which the Socialist Party plays a key role, is a start in this process.

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In The Socialist 8 July 2015:


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Mighty class-based 'NO' shakes bosses' EU


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cuts for us, handouts for rich

Terrorism and classroom spying

Janner case: more establishment child abuse cover-ups

Stop hammering low-paid - 10 an hour now!

ESA under the cosh

Low-income tenants face rent hikes

Them & Us


Socialist Party features

NSSN conference 2015: "We could stop austerity in its tracks"

Migrants flee horrors created by capitalism


Socialist Party workplace news

Hospital porters mop up in NHS pay battle triumph

Tube union: why we're striking

Britain's biggest union could reconsider funding Labour after leadership elections

Education under attack! Reports from the front line of the fightback

Yorkshire firefighters demonstrate against crew cuts

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist Party LGBT group plans fightback against attacks and austerity

Bitter fight to save Bitterne walk-in centre continues

Scotland and North-West England hold TUSC conferences


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Why I joined: 'the Socialist Party has given me political confidence'

TV review: Picasso - Portillo's peculiar perspective


 

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