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20 January 2021

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Covid crisis

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

Southampton Trades Council protest, 7 November 2020, photo Southampton SP

Southampton Trades Council protest, 7 November 2020, photo Southampton SP   (Click to enlarge)

In the last week the real number of deaths from Covid has gone over 100,000, and the UK has recorded the highest per capita death toll in the world. Millions more have been thrust into poverty during the pandemic.

And what did the Tories do? Abstain in a vote that would have allowed the poorest to have just an extra £20 a week.

If you're an MP on a salary of more than £80,000 then £20 is just small change. But if you've lost your job or on poverty pay and claiming Universal Credit (UC), £20 can mean you don't have to switch the heating off or go to the nearest food bank.

The Tories say £6 billion is too much to make the 'uplift' in UC permanent. That's after spending £280 billion so far on the pandemic. Just a two-point increase in corporation tax, already the lowest of the G20 major countries, would more than pay for the increase.

The Tories are divided down the middle over the issue and, if enough pressure was brought by the trade union movement, could be forced into yet another climbdown. But this time there is more at stake. It's about who in the long term is going to pay the cost of Covid - the working class or the millionaires.

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In The Socialist 20 January 2021:


News

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels

Teachers: On the front line, in their own words

Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism

Millionaire tendency regains control of Scottish Labour

News in Brief


Covid-19

The Tory blame game: scapegoating the working class - 100% pay for all now

Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger

Vaccine confidence - a worker's response

Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard


NHS

On the NHS front line


Black Lives Matter

Justice for Mohamud Hassan!

Police use Covid laws to intimidate BLM protesters

New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago


International News

USA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative

Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right


Workplace

PCS Broad Left Network conference

Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

Morrisons - 10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer

A day in the life of an agency worker

British Gas strike continues


Students

Refund student rent and fees

Plymouth rent strike continues

Scrap fees, refund rents and pay a living grant


Campaigns

London's May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services

Socialist Party national women's meeting

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Christmas Crossword Competition


Readers' Opinion

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier


Obituary

Obituary - Jeff Edwards


 

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