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Posted on 2 May 2019 at 13:22 GMT

The significance of the anti-poll tax movement

Following an article in the Guardian by Matthew Taylor titled 'Extinction Rebellion protesters to stand in European elections', Coventry Socialist Party member Dave Nellist responded with a letter to the Guardian - click here for the letter - which points out that the XR protests were not "the biggest act of mass civil disobedience in the UK for generations".

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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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triangleBasingstoke Socialist Party: 30 years ago - the anti-Poll Tax movement

triangle30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built

triangleLiverpool & District Socialist Party: 30 years ago - How the poll tax was defeated

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: How the poll tax was defeated

triangleEast London Socialist Party: Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay - How we beat the Poll Tax

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triangleNewham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

triangleSalford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

triangleNewham council tax workers' pay victory

triangleEaling tax office workers strike against closure

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triangleNottingham Socialist Party: After the Labour leadership result - Do we need a new workers' party?

triangle40 years on: Mandatory reselection more vital for Labour than ever

triangleManchester: RMT transport workers' conference fringe meeting

Coventry:

triangleCoventry socialist candidate wins votes against austerity

triangleCoventry: A socialist councillor who will vote against cuts

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