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Disgracefully, the Tory government's Housing and Planning Act 2016 became law on 12 May. Pressure from housing campaigners forced some concessions but the central intention of this act - to eliminate secure low cost housing for working class people - still remains.
It will 'cleanse' our inner cities of workers - the very people who make cities function. It will force us onto cramped, privatised transport, spending our time and our money for the privilege of working. Or it will mean that the only way we may live near our work is to squeeze into overcrowded homes.
The Socialist Party has a proud history of campaigning to defeat bad laws and scoring victories against Tory governments. We forced Thatcher's ministers to stump up extra funding for Liverpool's socialist council in the 1980s, which built thousands of new council homes. We led a mass non-payment campaign in the early 1990s which defeated the unjust Poll Tax and helped bring down Thatcher. More recently our sister organisation in Ireland, with its strategy of mass non-payment, forced the government to retreat over implementing the hated water charges.
We intend to do the same with this spiteful Housing Act. We will be organising around the defiant strategy of 'I'm Not Moving', and bring together people who want to make this Act unworkable.
Saturday 18 June, 12noon Hyde Park Corner, London SW1
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Article dated 15 June 2016
The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party
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