Another five years of Tory government spells another five years of pain - shrinking incomes, zero-hours contracts, attacks on the disabled, privatisation.That's unless we stop them. The Conservative majority means we can't do that in Parliament. We have to do it on the streets and in our communities.
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The election result on 7 May was a disaster for working people. The Conservatives may only have scraped a quarter of the electorate’s votes, but they are now entrenched in power with a parliamentary majority. The blows have come thick and fast. Arbitrary turnout thresholds are to be introduced on industrial action in “essential” industries. Shameless ministers couldn’t care less that if such thresholds were applied to Parliament they wouldn’t be sitting there in the first place. Those £12 billion in welfare cuts David Cameron was so shy of specifying before May 7 are headed our way. The Conservatives will seek to accelerate the privatisation of the NHS as well as extend privatisation to all remaining areas of the public sector. The heaviest and most brutal attacks are going to come quickly. They want to push as much of their agenda through as possible before disagreements over the EU or anything else start to cause problems for No 10.
In Parliament little can be done to stop them. The real fight will be on the ground. Industrial action, community resistance, strikes, sit-ins, occupations — anything and everything necessary to derail the neoliberal assault, whether that’s by keeping an A&E service in a hospital or a library open, helping a school avoid academisation or scaring a private company away from a public-sector contract. Trade unions, solidarity organisations, campaign groups and broad alliances such as the People’s Assembly will all need to come together to make this resistance as effective as possible.
And the role of the Morning Star will be crucial. We all saw how brazenly a mass media owned by a handful of billionaire tax-exiles tried to manipulate the last election, using all their clout to demonise Ed Miliband, the Labour Party, the Greens and, south of the border, the SNP. Any departure from the neoliberal savagery that caused the bankers’ crash in 2008 has, thanks to the Tories, prompted howls of outrage from Britain’s “free” press.
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