Saturday, 15 May 2010

Time for the fight of our lives

[Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary]

BRITAIN HAS been 'Con Dem-ned' to a future of savage attacks on public services, pay, pensions and benefits combined with tax increases for working and middle-class people.

The Tory/Liberal coalition has been cobbled together in a desperate attempt to create a government strong enough to launch an all-out onslaught on the living standards of the working class.

Two thirds of the new cabinet went to public school. This is a government of the elite, for the elite, and it is going to set out to hammer the rest of us.

Mervyn King, unelected governor of the Bank of England, spoke on behalf of the majority of Britain's capitalist class when he welcomed the government's cuts plans and egged it on to go further in its emergency budget.

It should not be forgotten that it was Gordon Brown, in 1997, who first gave the Bank of England independence from the government, freeing it to campaign blatantly on behalf of the capitalist class.

However, Cameron and Clegg do not need egging on. The £6 billion worth of cuts that has been declared is the tip of an enormous iceberg. It is not certain how quickly the rest of the iceberg will be revealed but there is no doubt that it will be.

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194 votes for TUSC in Kemptown!

Socialist Party members helped campaign for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in Brighton Kemptown in the general election as a call to help create a new party for working class people. The whole farce of "coronating" a Con-Dem government, with threats of massive cuts to jobs and services becoming real and a Labour Party guilty as charged of abandoning working class people, means questions are asked about the absence of an alternative, working class voice in politics to fight to make the rich pay for this crisis.

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