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UK tories cutting social security

We pay into the tax system when we are working and when times are tough we have a small part of that tax held for when we need it, social security.

From the Socialist Party (UK)

Tories make the poor pay say Socialists as benefits cap is introduced

Paula Mitchell, Socialist Party London regional secretary said: “This is yet another demonstration of the Tories obsessional hatred of working class and poor people. Instead of getting people into work by creating jobs they are forcing some of the poorest people in society into destitution. Up to 40,000 households will now face the prospect of not being able to pay the rent or buy food.

The government claims that this is in the name of “changing a culture” and putting an end to “days of blank cheques”. It’s a shame that they have never applied these principle to the bankers who caused the economic crisis in the first place who have had plenty of blank cheques written for them in the form of huge bail outs.

Unfortunately the Labour Party is too busy attacking trade unionists to put up any real opposition. They accept the same logic as the Tories of kowtowing to big business.

This is why Bob Crow made the call for a new party at the weekend. In the elections next year, hundreds of trade unionists, socialists and ordinary working people, fed up with Labour’s inability to stand up for us, will be standing candidates in the elections under the banner of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

In order to end worklessness and poverty a government would have to unroll a programme of public works in order to create real jobs. The money is there – if big companies aren’t prepared to invest, they should be nationalised under democratic control.

We call for the trade union movement to work alongside unemployed activists and anti-cuts campaigners to build a mass movement against austerity. A 24 hour general strike should be the next step in the campaign against the ConDemolition of our rights and living standards.”

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Daily Headline – 01/05/13

UK local elections 2nd May 2013 – Update

Tomorrow is the UK’s local election day, full listings of which local seats and councils are up for grabs can be found here.

The Conservatives will make losses which is not in doubt, the question is, how big will their losses be and who will be the beneficiaries?

Predictions are that Labour and UKIP will be the main two winners with the Greens potentially being the 3rd highest beneficiary.

TUSC (The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) will be fielding 120 candidates (TUSC was formed in 2010 so didn’t stand any candidates in the last June 2009 local elections).

The Green Party are standing over 900 candidates (in June 2009 they stood 781 candidates).

Generally Labour and the smaller parties (both left and right wing) are expecting to do well while the Lib Dems and Tories are hoping to minimise their losses.

Good luck to the left and happy workers day everyone!

Daily Headline – 11/04/13

Tory donors switching to Ukip

The Electoral Commission UKThe Guardian has an interesting article today about Tory donors giving large and small sums of money to UKIP for them to fight the upcoming local elections that takes place on the 2nd of May.

Elections will be held in 35 English councils, including all 27 non-metropolitan county councils and eight unitary authorities, and to a single Welsh unitary authority. Direct mayoral elections will take place in Doncaster and North Tyneside. A total of 2,362 seats will be contested.

From the Guardian:

Stuart Wheeler, the gambling tycoon in charge of Ukip’s funds, said former Tory backers had promised big donations for next year’s European elections. Some had already made smaller donations that would contribute towards the £200,000 to be spent on advertising in local elections over the next few weeks, he said

Wheeler, who himself gave more than £5.5m to the Conservatives before being expelled from the party three years ago, said Ukip was taking the local elections seriously while aiming for a bigger push in the 2014 European elections.

“Some of [our new donors] were Conservatives but many are unwilling to go public. Any donation of more than £7,500 has to go on the electoral commission website. Quite a few give us exactly £7,500 because they don’t want [their identities] to be known,” he said.

UKIP, by big business, for big business.

In the latest opinion polls:

YouGov: CON 33%, LAB 41%, LDEM 10%, UKIP 10%
TNS-BMRB:  CON 25%, LAB 40%, LD 10%, UKIP 14%

Not sure who you can vote for? Click here to see the list and click details for who is standing. For example I chose the first available on the list Cambridgeshire County Council which has the following parties standing:

Conservative
Liberal Democrat
Labour
UKIP
Green
English Democrats
TUSC
Monster Raving Loony
Independent
Cambridge Socialists

Cambridgeshire County Council is divided into 60 ‘electoral divisions’ and not all parties listed above are standing in all of the electoral divisions.

Disappointing to see in the Romsey electoral division of Cambridgeshire that Cambridge Socialists are standing against the Greens but glad that TUSC is not standing against   Cambridge Socialists or the Greens in any of the divisions.

Good luck to the three of them, Greens, TUSC and Cambridge Socialists.

Daily Headline – 11/03/13

Party conference goes bad for Nick Clegg

Lib Dem Nick CleggMP candidate Jo Shaw and prominent human-rights lawyer Dinah Rose QC have resigned from the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems).

The pair resigned following yesterdays Lib Dem party conference due to Nick Clegg’s endorsement of the Conservative ‘secret courts’ legislation.

Only 7 Lib Dem MPs supported the ‘justice and security’ safeguard amendments out of 57.

The safeguards to the bill were defeated 226 (in favour) to 297 (against).

Apart from the 7 Lib Dems the amendments were mostly supported by Labour and of course the Green’s Caroline Lucas.

Without these safeguards to the Justice and Security bill anyone can be tortured and abused and then tried in a secret court, without justice or liberty.

Every day/week/month/year that the coalition of Lib Dems and Conservatives remain in power civil liberties and equality in the UK get eroded away. Be it with the privatisation on the National Health Service (NHS), unregulated finance sector, welfare cuts, cost of living increases, attacks on democracy or anything else.

The Lib Dems, the Conservatives and even Labour offer nothing for the majority of the UK. The electorate needs to wake up and make the change, the power is in the hands of the people, we need to make it happen.

Aside from the arguments of electoral reform leading to real people power there are many progressive parties in the UK, here are some of them (though of course some of them could be argued as not being progressive):

Green Party of England & Wales

RESPECT

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition

Socialist Alliance

Scottish Greens

UK Socialist Party on credit downgrade

From the Socialist Party:

Socialist PartyCredit rating downgrading proves that austerity isn’t working – Socialists call for mass movement to stop the cuts

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary says: “The government has justified brutal austerity by saying that it would reduce the deficit and protect Britain’s AAA credit rating. As we warned the opposite has happened. The deadline for cutting the deficit has now been moved back to 2018. And today’s news that Moody’s has cut the crediting compounds that failure.

“There is no justification for the misery the government is inflicting on working class people. This crisis is a crisis of capitalism; caused by big business and in particular the bankers. Ordinary people should not be paying for it with our jobs and services. We are part of building a mass movement of against the cuts. We support the campaign by trade unionists for the calling a 24 hour general strike as the next step in the fight against austerity. We also believe the anti-cuts movement needs a political voice. We are part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) which brings together socialists and trade unionists, including the RMT, to stand candidates against cuts and privatisation.”

The Socialist Party of England and Wales (formerly known as Militant Tendency) is a campaigning, democratic organisation which plays a key role in the anti-cuts movement today. Historically, we played a leading role on Liverpool Labour council in the 1980s when it defied Thatcher and refused to implement cuts winning £60 million to spend on jobs and services in the city. We also led the struggle in the late 80s and early 90s when 18 million people nationwide refused to pay the hated poll tax. We fight against all attacks on the rights and living standards of working class people.