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The Socialist 23 March 2016

Tories split - strike now!

The Socialist issue 894

Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!


Them & Us - budget special

Budget 2016: fight for socialist policies to reverse cuts!


Socialist Party national congress 2016


Brussels attacks: don't let the terrorists and racists divide us

'Living wage' lie: fight for £10 now!


Junior doctors to escalate strike action

Aramark workers striking for the living wage

Tube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Workplace news in brief


Uniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities


BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Five years ago: 750,000 march against cuts


"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

Letters

 
 
 
 
 

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Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - Strike now!

Iain Duncan Smith's ministerial resignation has revealed everything that is rotten about the Tories.

Speaking on TV, IDS blurted out the truth: George Osborne's intended brutal cuts in disability benefits were to fund tax cuts for the wealthy, knowing that the victims of these cuts are unlikely to vote Tory.

So much for the 'one-nation', 'we're all in it together,' Tory party. Instead, here we see the cold, class cruelty of the representatives of capitalism.

Of course, IDS's departure has more to do with his breach with David Cameron over the EU referendum than his professed concern over widening class inequalities.

After all, he was the millionaire minister who, since 2010, has consistently voted in parliament to slash welfare while reducing taxes on the super-rich, along with introducing the hated bedroom tax and universal credit.

Nonetheless, just like their retreat over cutting tax credits, sections of the Tories are worried about the groundswell of people's anger over continuing austerity and growing inequality.

IDS's resignation and Cameron's rapid retreat and U-turn over the budget's £4.4 billion cuts to disability benefits yet again shows the deep divisions and weakness of this detested government.

Here is a massive opportunity for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Trades Union Congress leaders to mobilise a mass demonstration and workplace action to drive out the Tories.

They should not let Cameron and Co off the hook by timidly demanding that the government eases off its austerity agenda.

They should also stop giving credence to Cameron's campaign to remain in the bosses' European Union.

Instead, they should insist that Labour councils stop implementing cuts, and pledge that a Labour government will reverse all the cuts, nationalise the banks and the tax-dodging, worker-exploiting giant corporations, and renationalise our privatised public services, in order to democratically plan the economy to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority.

Let's kick out the Tories now!

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This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 22 March 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


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Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!


Budget 2016

Them & Us - budget special

Budget 2016: fight for socialist policies to reverse cuts!


Socialist Party annual congress

Socialist Party national congress 2016


Socialist Party news and analysis

Brussels attacks: don't let the terrorists and racists divide us

'Living wage' lie: fight for £10 now!


Workplace news and analysis

Junior doctors to escalate strike action

Aramark workers striking for the living wage

Tube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Workplace news in brief


Academies feature

Uniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities


Socialist history

BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Five years ago: 750,000 march against cuts


Socialist readers' comments

"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

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