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The Socialist 5 April 2017

Resist cruel NHS cuts

The Socialist issue 943

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


Fight for a socialist Brexit


Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

Help fund your paper!

Them & Us


Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity


What would a socialist food industry look like?


TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

 
 
 
 
 

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Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

For workers' unity against racism and austerity

Anti-racism demo 18.3.17, photo Mary Finch

Anti-racism demo 18.3.17, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Paula Mitchell, London Socialist Party

Residents and workers in Croydon, south London, are horrified following the vicious attack on a teenage asylum seeker on 31 March.

Local resident and Socialist Party member Helen Ridett said: "This is appalling. These criminals who brutally attacked this young lad do not represent the citizens of Croydon.

"There is more racial integration in this town than in many other places in the UK. Our town is held up upon the shoulders of migrant labour.

"Lunar House [headquarters of UK Visas and Immigration] is situated in Croydon and two years ago working class people, trade unionists and Socialist Party members organised to drive the BNP off the streets of Croydon!"

17-year-old Iranian Kurd Reker Ahmed was left with spinal injuries, a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage after the terrible attack by a group of young men and women.

Politicians from all the main parties have condemned the attack, including Tory prime minister Theresa May who called it "abominable," and local Tory MP Gavin Barwell who called the attackers "cowardly and despicable scum."

But we won't take any lessons from the parties of the super-rich about attacks on asylum seekers. Masses of people have fled the horrors of the Middle East seeking asylum in Europe, while the EU's 'Fortress Europe' has left the majority in squalid camps or to drown in the Mediterranean.

During and since the EU referendum, the right-wing leaders of both Leave and Remain ramped up their customary anti-migrant rhetoric even further.

But for the majority, rather than being against migrants, Brexit was a vote of rage against a privileged elite, enriching themselves while the rest of us face austerity and worsening living standards.

  • The Socialist Party fights to defend the NHS, and make it free for all. We fight for a £10 an hour minimum wage, and for mass council house building and rent controls. Take the wealth off the 1%!
  • Fight for the right to asylum. Defend the rights of migrants and refugees. Oppose all racist immigration controls.
  • Repeal all EU laws that attack workers' rights. Guarantee the rights of all migrants in the UK, including EU citizens, to remain. For workers' unity against racism and austerity.

"To defeat racism means building a mass movement"

The Socialist Party completely condemns the horrific hate attack on an asylum seeker in Croydon. Reported racist attacks increased by 41% after the Brexit vote last year.

Capitalist politicians condemn the attack, but they provoke anti-migrant feeling as a distraction from their everyday policies that destroy people's lives.

It is not the small number of asylum seekers - just 30,000 in 2016 - that is creating the strain on our public services. It is the austerity attacks of the Tory government, including those disgracefully passed on by Labour councils.

The richest 1,000 people in Britain have doubled their wealth since the 2007-8 economic crisis, while real wages for the working class have fallen 10%, and our public services have been savaged to the bone. These conditions can lead to a rise in racism.

The last thing the rich bosses and bankers want is for us to organise against them - instead they want us to fight each other. When their politicians and media harp on about immigration again and again and again, it can give confidence to a tiny number of people to carry out racist attacks.

It is vital to combat racism. That tiny number of people who carry out racist attacks must be the ones to feel isolated, not black or Asian people or migrants.

To defeat racism means building a mass movement around demands and slogans that unite working class people: against austerity, defend the NHS, defeat school cuts, fight for council housing and a £10 an hour minimum wage.

Labour councils, and London's Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, would go a long way to undermining the conditions in which racism can grow if they refused to carry out the Tories' diktats. Instead of passing on cuts, they could use their positions to help build a movement to defeat Tory austerity.

The Socialist Party fights for a socialist alternative to cuts, privatisation, racism, terror and war.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 4 April 2017 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


NHS SOS

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


What we think

Fight for a socialist Brexit


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

Help fund your paper!

Them & Us


Anti-racism

Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity


Food

What would a socialist food industry look like?


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Socialist Party workplace news

Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies


 

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