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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 July 2018

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The Socialist inbox: letters to the editors, photo Suzanne Beishon

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Featured letter: austerity in schools

"I can't give you a new book, we don't have enough"

photo Teo Sze Lee (Creative Commons)

photo Teo Sze Lee (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Bethany Morgan Smith, school student, Leicester West Socialist Party

At my school, students and teachers are desperate for resources. We barely have enough pens and glue sticks so we have to take turns to use three glue sticks that have already been overused.

In history, I asked for a new exercise book because I ran out of pages and the teacher said "I can't give you a new book, we don't have enough."

Our form teacher gets messages saying 'don't print so much because we can't afford the ink', yet printing is needed for pupils and teachers.

This has all happened since my school became a privatised 'academy'. I often hear the teachers talking about it to each other.

When I was in a drama performance we had to ask the crowd for funding. Teachers are having to pay for props and printing.

Education is in dire need of funding and support. Kids also need resourcing. This upsets me because education is a very important part of my life and others' lives. It helps us towards a brighter future.

But the Tory government is cutting schools to shreds and being selfish and keeping the money to themselves instead of giving it to public services that we pay taxes for.

We deserve better. These services belong to the working class. The working class needs as good quality education as the richest people.

Very rich people have a brighter future because they can afford tutoring but the working class can't.

I liked the Socialist's article about 'Prevent' training. At my school, there is a poster on the wall (pictured).

I don't think being anticapitalist is extremism. Also my teacher said that 'communism' will never work - but capitalism isn't working for me and my mum.

Capitalist authoritarianism rising

Capitalist states are writing laws and upping funds to clamp down on dissent in countries around the globe.

The Economist reports almost nine-tenths of US cities over 50,000 citizens now have paramilitary 'Swat' police squads.

This is four times more than in the 1980s. And the ACLU has found the value of military equipment owned by US police forces has soared from $1 million in 1990 to $450 million five years ago.

Turkey's neoliberal president Erdogan awarded himself sweeping new executive powers in a highly questionable referendum last year.

Sources in Malta report the island's gangster-capitalist Labour Party has plans for anti-democratic constitutional changes should it win the required two-thirds majority next election.

The supposedly 'liberal' European Union, which itself has no meaningful democratic structures, has acted to shore up the Spanish state's Francoist repression of the Catalan liberation movement.

China has spent more on domestic security than the military every year since 2010 - and more than doubled the spend on both in that time, according to its Ministry of Finance.

In France, neoliberal poster boy Emmanuel Macron hand-picked every deputy elected to the national assembly for his party, according to the Washington Post. The president's proposed parliamentary 'reforms' would hand more powers to his own office while cutting the number of elected representatives.

He should be wary. The repressive regime of one of his predecessors, Charles de Gaulle, stored up huge resentment - a major cause of the May 1968 revolutionary general strike.

Britain, of course, already has some of the most restrictive anti-union and 'anti-terror' laws. And in 2014, Boris Johnson, mayor of London at the time, bought three potentially lethal water cannon for the Metropolitan Police - although public outcry meant he never got to use them.

Meanwhile, 'anti-radicalisation' schemes like Prevent target anticapitalists as well as terrorists (see featured letter above).

The capitalists are tooling up because they know their deadlocked profit system can only breed more anger. The working class can only rely on its own strength - not the bosses or their state.

Art Clements, Manor Park, east London

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In The Socialist 4 July 2018:


NHS: underfunded, under attack

NHS at 70: a fight for our lives!

Thousands march against NHS cuts and privatisation

Welsh Labour NHS hypocrisy at Tredegar rally

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NSSN conference 2018

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism 2018: a weekend of discussion and debate

Issue 1000 extra 1,000 sales target smashed!

Spycops inquiry - dancing to the police's tune

Socialist Party news and analysis

No to sexism! No to Trump!

Social care funding crisis: no to an age levy - make the super-rich pay

Tories pledge three-year private tenancies: fight for rent caps and council homes

EU lets 200 refugees drown in three days

British state complicit in torture and rendition: put Blair and Straw in the dock!

Them & us

What we saw

International socialist news and analysis

#AmazonTax shows need for socialist fighters

Obrador's crushing victory gives hope to Mexico's poor

'CAS nunca mas': stop mass lay-offs and precarious contracts in Peru!

US unions facing new challenge after Supreme Court ruling

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Probation service: 'You are not a priority'

Treasury imposes civil service pay limit - vote Yes to strike action

Bin workers take strike action after talks with Kirklees council collapse

Victory for London's young workers in privatiser's non-payment of 'living wage' scandal

Socialist Party members have big impact as Unite conference kicks off

Yorkshire NSSN meeting starts coordinating struggles

Swansea postal workers strike to defend colleague

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