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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 September 2016
Theresa May attacks migrants and refugees
'The Jungle' camp in Calais, photo by Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Theresa May's speech at the United Nations, trying to blame destitute migrants for eroding support for refugees, is part of a cynical attack on the right to asylum.
May voted to invade Iraq, and bomb Libya and Syria: all disastrous military interventions, which helped create the current refugee crisis in the Middle East.
Faced with the human consequences of the warmongering she supported, her 'solution' is to slam the doors shut. She insists refugees should have to stay in the first 'safe' country they come to - Greece, Italy, Turkey!
May then goes on to blame "unprecedented" numbers of economic migrants for undermining support for refugees' rights. Her comments will encourage more horrific racist attacks.
There has already been a rise in verbal and physical abuse, thanks to the anti-migrant propaganda pushed by both establishment campaigns - Farage's Leave and May's Remain - in the EU referendum.
Comments like May's always give those with prejudices more confidence to express them. The Socialist Party defends the right to asylum, and opposes the anti-migrant propaganda which leads to such attacks.
One of the biggest reasons people give for wanting migration cut is feeling their standard of living is under threat. More competition for housing, scarce public resources like GP appointments, increases in school numbers with no increase in resources.
But the cause of these problems is lack of investment in public services. Those that remain are bled dry by privatisation. Reducing migration won't help divert more resources for healthcare, for example, when we have a government bent on privatising the NHS and driving all junior doctors abroad!
Jeremy Corbyn was right on the Andrew Marr show to take up the issue of the undercutting of wages, which has fed anti-migrant feelings.
The solution to this is a trade union campaign against bosses forcing competing workers into a 'race to the bottom'.
Fight for equal pay and conditions at a rate all people can live on, migrant or not - and for an end to austerity.
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In The Socialist 28 September 2016:
Consolidate the Corbyn victory
Labour Party conference: campaigning to reinstate socialist ideas
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
#CorbynWins: New tasks for TUSC
Socialist Party news and analysis
Theresa May attacks migrants and refugees
One million victims of 'rogue' landlords
£46m spent on suspending public sector workers
Students late and hungry due to privatised trains
Socialist speaks at UN
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Them & Us
Socialist Party youth and students
"Suspended adulthood" the norm for young people
Socialist Students launched in USA
Knowsley: No A-level education on offer
Setting out our stall... reports of campus campaigning
Battle of Cable Street
Cable Street: When workers united and fought the fascist threat at Cable Street
Black History Month
Black history month and its relevance today
Socialist Party workplace news
The guard stays on the train after the RMT defeats ScotRail bosses
Junior doctors' strikes off - coordinated action needed
Victory for firefighters facing dismissal in Manchester
The Ritzy strikes back
Napo conference 2016: Bloodied but unbowed!
Unison Broad Left meeting
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Newcastle: Socialist Party defies ban to counter the far-right
Socialism 2016: Get face to face with the socialists!
NHS heart centre campaign intensifies
Washdyke v Shoreline: the housing battle in Immingham
Pedal power pounds
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