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Cuts must stop - boot the Tories out

Marching against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Marching against the cuts, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

As the clock ticks down on Brexit, hapless prime minister Theresa May is desperately trying to resurrect her deal with EU ministers, which was heavily defeated by MPs in January. As well as using 'project fear' - ie exiting without a deal - May has attempted to bribe MPs representing 'left-behind communities'.

Given the scale of austerity cuts by Tory-led governments over the last decade, every working-class community has been left behind!

No one should be taken in by the paltry headline 1.6 billion 'funding pot' - which will be spread over seven years and is a drop in the ocean compared to the billions cut in council funding by successive governments. Yet some Blairite Labour MPs might be suckered into supporting May by this financial carrot.

Only last year the Institute for Fiscal Studies reckoned that an extra 19 billion of government spending a year over the next five years is needed to end austerity. The Socialist Party argues that even that will only make a small dent in austerity and is peanuts compared to the trillions of pounds in bailouts and 'quantitative easing' handed to the capitalist class since 2008.

While the parliamentary circus continues to play out the Brexit fiasco, millions of working-class people continue to suffer low pay, falling living standards and crumbling public services.

One particularly vulnerable group are women impacted by domestic violence. Since 2010, funding for domestic violence services has been cut by around a quarter.

The Women's Lives Matter campaign was set up to fight these cuts. Amy Cousens, a Leeds-based activist and Socialist Party member, says: "If women's lives matter, we need action to stop cuts now! 90 women and 94 children get turned away from domestic violence refuges every day, on average. Domestic violence is the main cause of homelessness among women. Tory austerity shows that for this government, women's lives do not matter."

Amy points out: "125 Labour-led councils hold around 14 billion in reserves. We call on Labour councils to reject the Tory cuts that deny women these essential life-saving services.

"We are organising walkouts, meetings and protests across the country on International Women's Day. We have also launched a petition which calls on John McDonnell, who has backed our campaign, to guarantee that an incoming Labour government would replenish any reserves a Labour council used to avoid cuts."

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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.

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In The Socialist 6 March 2019:


What we think

No retreats: Corbyn must stand firm against Blairites


Workplace news

Stop post-16 education cuts

Interview with a shop worker

MPs boost their own pay

Workplace news in brief


News

Boot out failing Grayling and the other Tory wreckers

Solidarity with Chris Williamson

Trade union action to end low pay now!

A&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

Them & Us


International Women's Day 2019

A socialist programme to end women's oppression

International Women's Day 2019: End oppression with fight for socialism


Socialist history

Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Fight council cuts

Cuts must stop - boot the Tories out

Wildfires hit Europe - build for 15 March student climate strikes

Swansea: Labour council tries to dodge no-cuts protest

Hull: support for anti-cuts policies at Corbyn solidarity rally

Hundreds of Tamils protest against death-threat brigadier


Opinion

Women workers' militancy during the 'great unrest'

The Socialist Inbox


 

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Related links:

Domestic violence:

triangleDomestic Abuse Bill: So much still to fight for

triangleJustice for victims of gender violence

triangleSocialist Party national women's meeting

triangleEngels on the origins of women's oppression

triangle20 days. One town. Four domestic violence murders.

Tories:

triangleHartlepool sums up Labour crisis

triangleCladding: Tories refuse to protect leaseholders again

triangleProtesting works - Unite to defend the right to protest

triangleLiverpool hustings - only TUSC has a strategy to take on the Tories

Cuts:

triangleRMT: Militant industrial and political strategy must be fought for

triangleCan the 'Preston model' beat the cuts?

triangleFight the rotten establishment

Women:

triangleNew law ignores economic barriers to escaping domestic abuse

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Labour:

triangleUnited action needed to defeat fire and rehire

Austerity:

triangleFor a fighting, democratic, member-led union to stop the austerity attacks

John McDonnell:

triangleNon-fiction: Left Out - the inside story of Labour under Corbyn

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