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From: The Socialist issue 1118, 26 January 2021: Covid spreading, poverty rising, rich get richer, fight for socialism!

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Come to the TUSC local elections conference - 7 February

Fighting back against Starmer's new, 'New Labour' - including at the ballot box!

TUSC 2015 manifesto launch, photo Senan

TUSC 2015 manifesto launch, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Lenny Shail, Socialist Party national committee

The Covid crisis has revealed many things about our society - including how the vast wealth that exists in the UK can be drawn upon to serve public needs when sufficient pressure is applied.

The Tory government - despite being based on Thatcher's 'the free market rules' ideology - has made U-turn after U-turn against the background of growing anger and public outcry.

So many things ridiculed before as impossible or not realistic have been enacted, even if sometimes in a limited and incomplete way. At the start of the spring lockdown the government, in effect, nationalised the railways and other forms of transport to keep the system going. Over the course of one weekend councils were instructed to provide accommodation for all those living on the streets.

Now, it is true, homelessness is rising again and private companies are still embedded in the transport system.

But nonetheless such measures have demonstrated that, when under pressure, even a government of the rich can be forced into making huge concessions in the interests of ordinary people.

And local councils could play a leading role in building that pressure - if there were councillors in them prepared to fight!

Labour leads over 120 councils, with a combined spending power greater than the state budgets of 16 EU countries.

But Starmer's Labour cannot be trusted to stand up for ordinary people. That is why the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is preparing to stand across the UK this May in the many elections taking place.

Even one councillor in a local authority taking a stand, if they used their position in the council chamber to appeal to those outside, could give confidence to local trade unionists and community campaigners to fight.

A network of rebel councillors across the country could have an even bigger impact in fighting for what is needed to meet the Covid crisis.

Come to the TUSC local elections conference to be held on Zoom on Sunday 7 February to help organise a fightback at the ballot box this May - or whenever the elections take place.

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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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