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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 February 2020

Socialist Sellers

Leeds: Nationalisation is welcome, but don't trust Tories

There was great support in Leeds for bringing the railways and buses back into public ownership. While people welcomed the announcement of Northern Rail being brought into public ownership, many were suspicious of the motives of the Tories.

There was lots of interest in the feature in the Socialist on nationalising the railways (see 'Nationalise the railways'). We sold 17 copies, and 14 the week before.

Iain Dalton
Newham Socialist Party campaign stall 8 February 2020

Newham Socialist Party campaign stall 8 February 2020   (Click to enlarge)

Newham, London: There's nothing left to cut

Newham council wants to gentrify the borough and next they're coming for Queen's Market. The Socialist Party was raising the alarm - campaigning at Queen's Market for it to be saved.

The council plans to sell off half the car park. We say no to this big business land grab. People immediately understood that this would be the beginning of the end for the market.

Passers-by were just as angry that the mayor wants another 48 million in cuts. There's nothing left to cut!

Instead of fighting the cuts, Newham council is pushing gentrification - getting rich people in and pushing working-class residents out. We sold ten copies of the Socialist.

Ian Pattison

Southampton: Don't bet on the market, build council homes

We were out in Southampton, fighting for mass council house building. 6,000 households in the city are on the housing waiting list.

Meanwhile, the council is borrowing 200 million to speculate on the housing market. This is enough to build 2,000 council homes.

Exeter: Never give up

We sold eight copies of the Socialist and there were donations of 23 to the fighting fund. One person said: "You people never give up".

Sean Brogan

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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In The Socialist 12 February 2020:


News

Tackling climate change: Johnson emits huge quantities of hot air!

Windrush deportations: end the hostile environment

Streatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

Them & Us

What We Heard


NHS

NHS: Fight for full funding!

Unnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

NHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

Callous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire


Trade unions

Trade unions - new decade, new challenges


Workplace news

Big Unison south east regional meeting votes for anti-cuts position

PCS union: Uniting the left around a leadership that can win for members

Westex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

University strikers walk out for better pay and pensions

East London school strikes against academisation continue

Foreign Office workers' strike

Solidarity with Turkish workers

Lambeth Unison letter

London NSSN meeting

Solidarity with victimised bus rep Moe

Support Clive Walder


Cuts

How to resist tory attacks on local communities

Cuts councillors are the real problem

Council houses - not private property developers


International

Sinn Fein harnesses working-class anger to top poll

Lebanon - mass protests cut across sectarian division


Campaigns

Build independent workers' media with May Day greetings

Building a working-class movement for Tamil rights

Hackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

20 years of housing failure

Socialist Sellers


Universal Credit

New BBC series - Insight or whitewash?

Nottingham: death of vulnerable claimant

UC stopped without warning


 

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