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From: The Socialist issue 1054, 4 September 2019: No ifs, no buts... Tories out now

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Dozens of protests say Boris must go - Socialist Party heard on TV coverage

Socialist Party members campaigning against the Tory government in Leicester, photo by Leicester Socialist Party

Socialist Party members campaigning against the Tory government in Leicester, photo by Leicester Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

In response to Boris Johnson's undemocratic suspension of Parliament, tens of thousands of people descended on towns and cities to protest.

Reflecting the mix of opinion on the protests, a BBC journalist asked Socialist Party Glenn Kelly whether he was a supporter of the EU - he didn't get the answer he expected. Glenn said: "I am not in support of a bosses' club, I am in support of the European workers of Greece, Spain and Italy but I don't support a bosses' club in Europe."

Socialist Party flags, posters, leaflets, and campaign stalls could be seen all over the news.

Socialist Party member Glenn Kelly explains to the BBC that socialists oppose the EU

Socialist Party member Glenn Kelly explains to the BBC that socialists oppose the EU   (Click to enlarge)

We were demanding a general election to get Johnson and all the Tories out and a Jeremy Corbyn government with socialist policies in. We said that mass workers' action is the best way to achieve that and advertised the National Shop Stewards Network rally at the Trade Union Congress on 8 September, where action could be coordinated.

Socialist Party member Wally Kennedy opened the BBC news. He could be prominently seen and heard opposing cuts to public services while the rich get richer and bankers continue to benefit from bonuses.

We also opposed a 'national unity' government, encompassing a rainbow of capitalist parties. Those politicians have voted for almost a decade of cuts and will always defend the interest of the ruling class.

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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.

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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