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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 July 2020
News in brief
Are you considering taking a long-delayed holiday? Try the pacific islands of Fiji. In an enticing tweet, the country's prime minister says: "Say you're a billionaire looking to fly your own jet, rent your own island, and invest millions of dollars in Fiji in the process... you may have a new home to escape the pandemic in paradise." Can't wait!
Deeper in debt
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Unsurprisingly, given the rise in unemployment and the effects of pay cuts through furloughing, etc, the number of people unable to pay their bills continues to increase.
Last month, mortgage repayments were down 14%; rents by 11%, and council tax by 9%, compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Latest government figures from the Food Standards Agency show that declining incomes during the pandemic have forced millions to go without food or rely on food banks. The FSA reckons up to 7.7 million cash-strapped adults reduced meal portion sizes or skipped meals. And up to 3.7 million adults had to use a food bank.
A £6 billion shortfall in council funding in England during this financial year by the Tory government will mean more savage cuts to local services and council tax/service charges increases. Extra financial pressures and revenue falls because of the pandemic mean that an estimated eight out of ten councils face bankruptcy. Trade unions and the wider working class communities must get organised to stop jobs and services being slashed.
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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.
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- 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 1 July 2020:
No going back
A socialist NHS fit for heroes
PCS: Change in leadership needed to secure union's future
Come to the NSSN conference
Sunday trading: Government blinks first
Trade unionists stand in solidarity with Maxine Peake
Equity union president elections
Tower Hamlets council strike
MoJ cleaners' covid outbreak
What we think
Workers need a new mass party to defend their interests
Tories put profit before lives
Boris's new big deal
Tory full return to school plans gamble with lives
Yes to self-identity: Fight for trans rights
Benefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces
Leeds City Council in danger of bankruptcy
Capitalism and corruption go hand in hand
Plastic waste ignored
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I left Labour and want to end capitalism - join us in Socialist Party
Cardiff community fights nursery closure: Council must step in
Fighting Fund: Target smashed by half time
Black Lives Matter has not stopped - protesters flock to Socialists
Selling the Socialist
Red flags line road for Ken Douglas
Lessons from history
75th anniversary of the Attlee Labour government
From slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed
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