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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 October 2018
Tories and Blairites defend capitalism
Fight the right
Fight for socialism
Uber drivers on strike on 9 October - part of a new wave of workers fighting back, photo by Paula Mitchell (Click to enlarge)
Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialism 2018 organiser
Mass protests and upheavals are coming in Britain. That might seem like a somewhat audacious statement given the surface calm. It might appear that the mass movements of other times and other places are not on the agenda here. But they are.
After ten years of capitalist crisis - and the heart-breaking homelessness, poverty pay and service annihilation that accompany it - socialist ideas are making a comeback.
This was evidenced by the support for Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity manifesto. It has been shown by the way in which, against enormous obstacles, Uber drivers have organised strike action (pictured above). These are the heat lightning flashes in anticipation of storms to come.
But Jeremy Corbyn is hamstrung by the Blairites, the 'Backstabbing Tendency', who are doing everything they can to limit Labour's appeal and who are preparing to threaten, in the future, an anti-austerity Labour government.
The Socialist Party is hosting a major festival of political discussion and debate - needed by all of us who want to build resistance to the Tories and the Blairites and to win for the working class.
Socialism 2018 will not only reflect mass indignation at austerity but the protests and struggles already taking place against it and the ideas that can help turn that anger into a mass force.
If you are a billionaire or a banker or a boss of a multinational, this might be something you can afford to pass on. If not, get yourself there.
The keynote speakers will include, among others, Peter Taaffe, the former editor of the Militant - predecessor of the Socialist. Militant and the working class defeated Thatcher, not once, but twice.
First Liverpool city council built 5,000 homes and created jobs in the teeth of Tory austerity. Secondly the 18-million-strong movement of mass non-payment destroyed the poll tax and ultimately saw Thatcher removed from power.
These events demonstrate the enormous potential power of the working class to win.
At Socialism 2018, we will chart a way forward for working-class people and youth desperately looking for an alternative.
We are preparing for the coming events by offering up a programme and a way forward for the battle, not only against capitalism but for socialism in the 21st century.
Come to Socialism 2018
A weekend of discussion and debate on socialist ideas to change the world. 10 and 11 November. Central London.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
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.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 10 October 2018:
What we think
Tories' crisis conference - Corbyn must fight for general election
Workplace news and analysis
We need democratic, rank-and-file leadership to win national UCU disputes
First coordinated catering and courier strike whets workers' appetite for action
Another first: pub strike victory in south London!
Cable makers strike against real-terms pay cut
Strike raises pay at Liverpool airport
South Western rail guards hit 18 strike days
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight the right
12 years to halt irreversible climate disaster. Capitalism's time is up
8,000 Glasgow workers plan historic mass strike
Super-rich flee to Monaco to evade Corbyn
Workers in UK do £1.2trn of unpaid housework and care
Workers' action wins Amazon pay rise
Them & Us
Fight racism: fight for jobs, homes and services for all
25 years since 50,000 marched against the far-right threat
International socialist news and analysis
Polarisation, risks and resistance in Brazilian elections
Mexico: socialists violently attacked by gangs - urgent solidarity needed
Ireland: 10,000 march for homes in Dublin
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Liverpool 47 plaque: "Better to break the law, than break the poor"
Palestinian solidarity: "We are not victims. We are freedom fighters."
Leicestershire: stop the cuts to our hospital services
Save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - the fight goes on
Finance - a crucial component of socialist campaigns
The murky world of the 'Big Four' accountancy firms
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