GENERAL ELECTION: Socialist policies needed to get May out in June!
April 20, 2017
Theresa May’s government is carrying out a vicious programme of attacks on education, healthcare, welfare and much more. For students, tuition fees are rising. Over £3 billion in funding is set to be taken away from schools. Maintenance grants have been slashed and Disabled Students Allowance scrapped. Colleges and sixth forms are struggling under the burden of austerity policies. And even more privatisation and marketisation is is threatened with the Higher Education bill.
It is the deep unpopularity of policies like these, and the Tory government’s weakness in the face of a rising tide of anger, that has led her to call a snap general election. She hopes she will be able to win a larger majority in parliament in
order to push through more vicious austerity policies without having to look over her shoulder at her back bench MPs. What's more, around 20 of her MPs face potential prosecution for election expenses fraud.
This election presents an opportunity to kick the Tories out! In France, left-wing politician Melanchon is surging in the polls by putting forward radical policies. If Corbyn were to follow his lead and stand on a bold, socialist programme it could transform the situation here in Britain. A good start would be to fight for the policies which won him the leadership of the Labour party originally. These included an end to austerity, free education, a £10 an hour minimum wage and renationalisation of the railways and utilities. These were policies which enthused thousands of young people, in particular, to turn out on rallies to support him. If Corbyn were to a bold fighting approach, it could electrify the situation and transform Labour’s electoral fortunes. But to do this, he needs to stop looking over his shoulder at the Blairite politicians who still dominate in the Parliamentary Labour party, among local councillors and in the party’s machinery. If anything, many of them are actively sabotaging the campaign in the hope of removing Corbyn following on from the election. Socialist Students will be using the campaigning over the next weeks to continue to fight for an education system that works for the ninety nine percent, to raise the need for socialist policies to defeat austerity and to call on Corbyn to fight on a bold platform which can offer hope to our generation as well as to working class people of all ages. Tories Out!
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