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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.”

Daily Headline – 02/03/13

UK right; money for troops not the poor

British Philip Hammond MP flagThe ruling Conservative party’s Philip Hammond (the Defence Secretary) has called for a cut in the welfare budget in order to maintain the number of troops.

The toss-pot went on to say that in the upcoming government budget defending the nation must be top priority. We assume that he means attacking other countries must be top priority.

He also said that a fair percentage of the cabinet want to reassess the welfare budget. No surprise, the tories want to cut the welfare state, cut money to help the disabled, the vulnerable and the sick. Got no money to look after yourself? Fuck off then!
The conservatives; the caring and compassionate party…

How about a different approach?

How about we stop attacking other countries, dramatically reduce the military budget, join the EU army to ensure that real and genuine security is not compromised and use the leftover funds to increase the standard of living for the British public.

Business shafts customers

By Leon J Williams

Failing music retailer business HMV has decided to shaft its customers by not honouring gift vouchers that haven’t currently been redeemed.

HMV is a British multinational company that after 90 years of operation has entered into administration, likely to be soon no more.

Over 4,000 jobs hang in the balance as yet another British High Street retailer collapses under the ongoing economic crisis, the by-product of capitalism.

Last week it was announced that Jessops (a camera retailer) was set to close down, making around 1,400 workers unemployed.

With companies going under left, right and centre where will these people find work, pay their rent and feed their families?

The right-wing British government is also cutting benefits to the disabled and unemployed meaning a downwards spiral for the working class.

Higher unemployment, failing businesses means less tax revenue for the government, which means the UK will find it harder to reduce national debt, which has been seen and admitted by the government when they acknowledged that it will take far longer than previously expected.

‘Austerity’ doesn’t work, we need investing in sustainable jobs not welfare cuts, service cuts, job cuts!

Update

It has just been announced that Blockbuster UK, the video rental chain has also gone into administration putting at risk over 4,000 jobs.

The US working to destabilise Bolivia

By Leon J Williams

Bolivian officials say they have conclusive proof that the US government, along with it’s embassy staff in Bolivia is trying to destabilise Bolivia and its government.

Bolivia is preparing the evidence for submission directly to US President Obama himself.

Numerous states in Latin America and indeed around the world accuse the US of the same thing. Essentially asserting their dominance over other countries in order to get favourable terms for its government and American businesses as well as convince the citizens of those respective countries to adopt political and economical systems more aligned to the US style.

Some of the countries who have ‘issues’ with the US, this list represents a variety of problems and the list is by no means exhaustive:

Cuba
Venezuela
Bolivia
Pakistan
Iran
Iraq
Afghanistan
North Korea
China
Palestine
Syria
Bhutan
Fiji
Ecuador
Nicaragua
Burma
Belarus
Serbia
Egypt

Most notably the US has great beef with the ideology of nationalisation, welfare and in general anything ‘social’, one example being that relations with Angola were only normalised in 1992 after Angola denounced Marxism.

Conclusion:

Whether Bolivia does or doesn’t have conclusive evidence of American actions/plans to destabilise their country the result is extremely unlikely to change anything, the US will ignore the evidence (rightly or wrongly) and Bolivia will remain anti-American.