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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2022

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse

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Harrison Cairns, Northampton Socialist Party

At the start of lockdown, as a key worker in the funeral industry, I faced difficulties paying for rent, food, a car, insurance, tax, fuel, phone and internet, like many others.

I also had minimum payments on debts incurred through desperation, rather than thoughtless spending. The possibility of covering everything became harder.

Yet that trial is being made harder still. With costs being passed down, instead of eating into the profits of shareholders, it's us, the working class, who face the brunt.

When will it be too much? I have too often had to decide to cover my rent and go without food.

Will I be doing this again? It very much feels likely. Cutting down portions, finding the cheapest ingredients to get by, eating minimal amounts.

Without a new mass workers' party to fight against the covetous acts of big business, instead accepted by a limp Labour opposition and encouraged by the self-indulgent Tories, no wonder there is little hope felt by those facing the worst of these price rises.

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In The Socialist 2 February 2022:


News

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NHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

NI rise piled onto shoulders of the lowest paid

Gas and electric bills set to soar by 50% this year

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Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday 50 years on

School students strike in Austria

Coup d'état in Burkina Faso

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Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

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Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

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NHS workers begin strike for 15% and against outsourcing

Victory at NewVIc college! 'The picket line gives us power'

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

PCS 2022 elections

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Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

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