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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2016
Cash for rich and royals, cuts for the 99% - fight austerity
Buckingham Palace photo Diliff/Creative Commons (Click to enlarge)
Ryan Aldred, Plymouth Socialist Party
In a recent statement to the conference of bosses' organisation CBI, Theresa May reassured businesses she will rescue them from the "cliff edge". Yet, for millions of people facing the harsh realities of austerity Britain, there is no such rescue in the Autumn Statement.
With promises to ensure Britain has the lowest corporation tax rate in the G20, it's clear the interests of big business are safe. Likewise, they can find an extra £369 million pounds to renovate the most expensive council house in Britain, Buckingham Palace, at the taxpayer's expense.
Meanwhile, we queue at food banks, or wait glued to our phones at all hours in the hope of picking up shifts, because there's apparently no money.
At one London hospital this year, a psychiatric patient waited on an A&E trolley for 46 hours due to shortages. And how many struggling pensioners will make it through the winter with rising food and heating costs?
They can find money to give tax breaks to corporations, while ensuring our billionaire queen retains a life of extreme luxury. So why can't they find money to invest in secure jobs, our chronically underfunded NHS, or the desperate housing situation?
We don't need to accept this. The Tories are weak, and remain deeply divided over how to handle Brexit. With determined industrial action from trade unions, and a political fightback from Corbyn's Labour, we could see an end to this government, and an end to austerity.
For that to happen, we need to fight to make Labour a party fit to represent the working class - kick out the Blairites, and readmit all the socialists they have expelled.
A mass workers' party with a socialist programme could start to end this misery for the millions, and finish off this government of and for the millionaires.
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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 23 November 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Cash for rich and royals, cuts for the 99%
Tories drop 'pay to stay'
Tories plan pain with Brexit Autumn Statement
£3.5bn on temporary housing for councils
'Just about managing': £2,500 worse off by 2020
Job figures mask casualisation
What We Saw
What we think
The Socialist Party and support for the Corbyn movement
Fight back to save education!
Campaigning Socialist Students groups needed to hold student unions to account
N30 strike: five years on
Lessons of the 'N30' 2011 pension strike: when workers showed their power
International socialist news and analysis
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Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment - fight for abortion rights
Spain: Students' Union surges forward in historic congress
Hundreds rally to celebrate anniversary of Students' Union and Izquierda Revolucionaria
UN climate change summit: more hot air from Marrakech
Workplace news and analysis
"I don't always feel that I'm a carer anymore" - a day in the life
Southern Rail Strike
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Reselection motion passed at Labour Party branch
Packed-out Socialist Party meetings hear American socialist and Black Lives Matter activist
School talk on the struggle for the vote and its importance today
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
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