Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/153/7777
From The Socialist newspaper, 14 April 2000
§ £30 million for Fat Cat bankers
§ 75p increase for pensioners
Fight Back Now!
TONY BLAIR said a few weeks ago that he finds being Prime Minister "tougher than expected". Millions of working-class people in Britain find living under Blair's New Labour government tough too.
Pensioners, low-paid workers, disabled people, single parents, students, unemployed people and many others are at the sharp end of the Blair government's attacks.
Pensioners are told to get by on a 75p a week increase. Single parents and disabled people get benefit cuts. Unemployed people face further harassment. Students face new fees and the end of the maintenance grant. Low-paid workers get minuscule increases in the minimum wage.
And Blair says he find it tough!
Labour are not nearly so hard on the fat cats. The super-rich have never had it so good as under Blair, increasing their fortunes by making our lives worse with no holds barred.
Banks and car bosses ratchet up their profits in 'rip-off Britain', New Labour does nothing to challenge it. Labour let Barclays Bank boss Matthew Barrett take home £175,000 a day while pensioners barely exist on less than £11 a day. Even government minister Jeff Rooker has to admit the injustice of the low level of state pension.
These same pensioners and poorer people will now have to make epic treks at extra cost to take their own money out of Barclays branches as Barrett closed 172 branches last week.
Get mad with the fat cats and New Labour's soft treatment of them. The obscene wealth these people make should be taken away from them and used to begin to provide pensioners and working-class people with a better quality of life.
But get organised as well. We also need to take over the companies and industries the fat cats control and use them for working-class people's benefit.
Join with the Socialist Party and make sure there is an alternative to the fat cats' exploitation. Help build a socialist alternative that puts working-class people first.
Donate to the Socialist Party
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.
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 Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 14 April 2000:
Fight Back Now!
Reject the Racist Lies
Crisis in the Car Industry - Double dealing Bosses
Rover: Where did all the money go?
MSF Activists say "Take over Rover"
The Fat of the Land
Can a wealth tax bridge the gap?
The Socialist 14 April 2000 |
Join the Socialist
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Email: [email protected]
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 075 4018 9052
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041