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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 January 2022

Editorial of the Socialist issue 1164

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour

Boris Johnson, Estonian presidency/CC

Boris Johnson, Estonian presidency/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Every day Boris Johnson and his government are more and more mired in scandal. As we go to press the findings of the inquiry into 'Partygate' revelations have not yet been made public and are now being investigated by police, and so may be delayed. But already there have been new allegations of Islamophobia, and blackmail by Tory whips.

These scandals are further fuelling working-class anger at the rising costs of energy, food etc, while benefits have been cut and wages are falling behind inflation.

When lifelong Tory Christian Wakeford defected to Labour, he was abandoning what is increasingly looking like a sinking ship. Some polls suggest the Tories could lose as many as 42 of the 45 'red wall' seats if there was a general election tomorrow.

In his short time as an MP, Wakeford has already voted for extending the government's welfare cap, voted against measures to reduce tax avoidance by big business and against measures to end low pay. Yet he was welcomed into Starmer's Labour with open arms. "I was elected as a moderate and a centrist and I am still a moderate and centrist. I'm just wearing a different rosette", he declared.

Demonstrating for the right to protest, London, May 2021, photo Mary Finch

Demonstrating for the right to protest, London, May 2021, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn remains suspended from the Labour Party - and not by accident. This is all part of sending a clear message to the capitalist class about who the Labour Party would represent if it formed a future government in the face of growing disillusionment with the Tories.

The Labour leadership is redoubling its efforts to show that the party would be a safe pair of hands for British capitalism. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves hammered home the point, stating that Labour now has a "different mentality" and is a proudly pro-business party following the removal of Corbyn.

There is clearly no enthusiasm among working-class people for more of the same. But with local elections coming up in May, what are working-class people expected to do? Where are they expected to put a cross on their ballot papers when the only difference between the Tories and Labour will be the colour of their rosette?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), of which the Socialist Party is a constituent part, will be standing candidates as widely as possible in May. We are appealing to all trade unionists, community and social campaigners who want to fight the cuts to consider standing under the TUSC banner and join us in the fight to build a genuine political alternative to the pro-austerity policies of the establishment parties.

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In The Socialist 26 January 2022:

What we think

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour


Lords reject parts of anti-protest bill

News in brief

Social care providers put profit before residents' needs - nationalise care now

Cost of living

Cost of living crisis

Trade unions and the cuts

Trade unions and the fight against council cuts

Workplace news

Barts NHS workers strike back

Sheffield Just Eat strikers step up action and hold mass rally

Oaks Park School: valiant strike exposed state of schools

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

DWP reps demand action from PCS leadership

10,000 tube workers vote to strike - don't make workers pay for TfL funding crisis

Strike action by Carmarthenshire winter gritters wins concessions from council

Universities: Strike action at 68 in two disputes

Worksop Wincanton logistics workers begin ninth week of strike action

International news

Trade unionists in the USA fighting back

Campaigns news

Hundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Wakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

Eviction resistance on the march in Waltham Forest

This is students' chance to fight back - help build 2 March NUS walkout

Selling the Socialist


Britain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'

Readers' opinion

War in Yemen, made in Harlow, profit for rich

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

UK Covid-19 mortality similar to Spanish Flu

It's my party, and I'll lie if I want to


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