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From: The Socialist issue 851, 8 April 2015: NHS fees warning - vote TUSC

Search site for keywords: Tories - Labour - Tax - Government - BP - Austerity - Bankers - Fat cats

Looking after the millionaires, not the millions

Mark Best

On 1 April the Tory-supporting Daily Telegraph splashed its front page with the names of 103 senior business leaders, issuing a dire warning that deviating from the Tories' economic plan would spell an end to Britain's 'recovery' and threaten thousands of jobs.

The policy which has these businessmen up in arms is Labour's commitment to undo the government's most recent cut in Corporation Tax. The difference between the supposedly anti-business Labour Party and the Conservatives is that Labour would set it at 21% as opposed to 20%!

It's clear that while the Con-Dem's austerity policies have hit ordinary workers and young people's living standards, they're working out alright for those at the top!

Labour

But the response by Labour, the party which under Blair was "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich," has shown who they represent. The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna attacked the letter because it only represented a small fraction of business - never mind the millions of workers being paid the minimum wage, facing attacks on their working conditions, and people whose essential local services are being axed, etc.

Whichever party forms a government after the election, they will be representing the interests of the capitalist class. All the main parties are committed to continuing austerity, attacking the living standards of the majority of people while those at the top get richer.

'He who pays the piper calls the tune', and both Tories and Labour are more than happy to accept large donations from fat cats and bankers.

We need a party that represents ordinary people. One that fights against all cuts, for a wealth tax on the super-rich, for nationalisation of the big corporations and a 10 an hour minimum wage as a start! A party for the millions not the millionaires!

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), in which the Socialist Party plays a leading role, is standing in over 130 parliamentary seats and over 600 council seats. TUSC represents a step towards building this mass party.







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