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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 November 2017
Budget day education shutdown
Walk out against tuition fees!
Socialist Students marching for free education, 19.11.16, photo James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
Ellen Kenyon Peers, Goldsmiths Socialist Students
Budget day is fast approaching, socialists are preparing for walkouts against tuition fees, and the Tories are scrabbling for pale imitations of socialist policies to placate the masses. With the recent revelations about sexual harassment, divisions over Brexit and the continued risk of another economic crisis, the world of archaic establishment politics is looking to be on its last legs - but we must act now to prevent it hobbling along for years to come.
Despite the probability of the next election being defined as a Labour comeback, a Corbyn-led government would not be able to implement a socialist programme without fierce opposition from all sides of the establishment.
Budget day may be an opportunity for the Tories to introduce tepid policies that attempt to pacify young people angry about exorbitant tuition fees, the lack of affordable housing and decent jobs. But that's not guaranteed, as recent poor figures for productivity and the deficit make the Tories' capitalist backers more wary of a 'giveaway' budget. Being active on campuses across the UK and showing that there is an alternative is the first step to building a movement that could be even bigger than 2010, when 50,000 students took to the streets in protest.
The right-wing leadership of the National Union of Students may have failed to call for action over tuition fees, but this doesn't mean student unions on individual campuses cannot be activated by Socialist Students groups, and we must demand that they join us on the day of action on 22 November. Students must find common ground with local workers, such as the McStrike, in order to defeat the Tories. The recent struggles for self-determination in Catalonia and bin workers in Birmingham have been a testament to the ability to unite students and workers.
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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.
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In The Socialist 8 November 2017:
What we think
'Paradise' for billionaires - austerity for us
Socialist Party news and analysis
Westminster sexual harassment scandal
Walk out against tuition fees!
Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!
We can win the vote at 16!
Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now
PFI privateers dodge tax
What we saw
Workplace news and analysis
Pay cap decisively rejected by PCS union members
BA mixed-fleet workers show strikes get results
Unite union sector conferences: coordinate action over pay
Picturehouse strike: "evil corporations are evil"
Arriva bus strike still solid
International socialist news and analysis
US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters
Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'
Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class
Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution
Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Health campaign discusses strategy to save NHS
Chatsworth neuro-rehab ward still open - unions join the campaign
Housing campaigners ask Corbyn to instruct Labour council regeneration ballots
Thousands march in London for Palestine
Opposition to new academy school being built on Leeds playing fields
Orgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march
Sheffield trees campaigner sentenced to prison
Brum meeting celebrates centenary of 1917
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Obituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017
Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict
Obituary: Paul Randall, 1959-2017
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