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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 January 2021
Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest
Southampton Trades Council protest, 7 November 2020, photo Southampton SP (Click to enlarge)
In the last week the real number of deaths from Covid has gone over 100,000, and the UK has recorded the highest per capita death toll in the world. Millions more have been thrust into poverty during the pandemic.
And what did the Tories do? Abstain in a vote that would have allowed the poorest to have just an extra £20 a week.
If you're an MP on a salary of more than £80,000 then £20 is just small change. But if you've lost your job or on poverty pay and claiming Universal Credit (UC), £20 can mean you don't have to switch the heating off or go to the nearest food bank.
The Tories say £6 billion is too much to make the 'uplift' in UC permanent. That's after spending £280 billion so far on the pandemic. Just a two-point increase in corporation tax, already the lowest of the G20 major countries, would more than pay for the increase.
The Tories are divided down the middle over the issue and, if enough pressure was brought by the trade union movement, could be forced into yet another climbdown. But this time there is more at stake. It's about who in the long term is going to pay the cost of Covid - the working class or the millionaires.
- 100% pay for all workers furloughed, isolating, working from home, or having to stay at home because of workplace or school closures
- Make the £20-a-week increase in Universal Credit permanent and extend it to legacy benefits
- A minimum wage of at least £12 an hour as a step towards £15 - no exemptions
- Increase benefits in line with the minimum wage
- Make the bosses and the rich pay. Take the wealth off the 1%
- For a new mass party of workers and young people
- For a socialist planned economy not the chaos of the capitalist profit system
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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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In The Socialist 20 January 2021:
Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest
Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels
Teachers: On the front line, in their own words
Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism
Millionaire tendency regains control of Scottish Labour
News in Brief
The Tory blame game: scapegoating the working class - 100% pay for all now
Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger
Vaccine confidence - a worker's response
Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard
On the NHS front line
Black Lives Matter
Justice for Mohamud Hassan!
Police use Covid laws to intimidate BLM protesters
New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago
USA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative
Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right
PCS Broad Left Network conference
Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action
Morrisons - £10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer
A day in the life of an agency worker
British Gas strike continues
Refund student rent and fees
Plymouth rent strike continues
Scrap fees, refund rents and pay a living grant
London's May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services
Socialist Party national women's meeting
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Christmas Crossword Competition
Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier
Obituary - Jeff Edwards
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