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From: The Socialist issue 1031, 27 February 2019: Kick out austerity politicians

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Worcestershire: save the nine libraries

St John's Library, Worcester, photo Philip Halling/St John's Library/CC

St John's Library, Worcester, photo Philip Halling/St John's Library/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Ruthie McNally, Worcester Socialist Party

The local library in St Johns, Worcester, is under threat of job losses, shorter hours and possible closure, along with another eight across Worcestershire.

On 12 February, the Socialist Party held a public meeting in a full room in the library. The speaker pointed out it isn't just libraries under threat, but all county services, with the Tory administration looking to 'save' millions over the next few years.

A lot of people spoke in the discussion and were very keen to help. We arranged a planning meeting to really kickstart a campaign of action.

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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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