Cameron resign now! Tories out!

Cameron resign now! tories out!

Take the wealth off the 1%

Get him out!

Get them out!

The following is the text of a Socialist Party leaflet that is currently being distributed across the country. It is clear that with the Panama Papers, the collapse of the steel industry, the EU referendum  and more, that the Tories are in deep crisis. We need to step up the fight to bring them down, and fight for a socialist society. Join us – click here!

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Panama papers, steel crisis, junior doctors’ contract, austerity…

Cameron resign now!

Tories out!

Take the wealth off the 1%

The Tories were already hated before the Panama Papers revelations. That they are a party of the rich and for the rich is constantly confirmed and re-confirmed.

Their vicious austerity measures have brought misery to millions through the cuts to benefits, job cuts, public service cuts, student fee hikes, bedroom tax and more.

And the Tories want to continue to slash government expenditure to further their aim of reducing corporation tax for big business and income tax for the rich.

Watching the movement in Iceland that brought down the prime minister there has whetted our appetite to remove this hated government.

Following Cameron’s admission that he did benefit from his father’s tax haven hoards, the demand for him to resign has rung out. Of the first 5,000 people who voted in a Mirror online poll, 95% want Cameron to resign.

This is a weak divided government that can be defeated. The resignation by IDS gave us a glimpse of this. We need to build a powerful movement that can force the government to call a general election.

National action needed

Never were bold action and socialist ideas more needed. We are facing the fight of our lives. The Socialist Party calls on the anti-austerity forces around Jeremy Corbyn and within the trade union leaderships to organise and build for a massive national demo.

The trade unions have funded a national demo on Saturday 16 April. They should now turn this into the launch of a massive national campaign to demand the Tories Out!

A demo should be linked to coordinating strike action of all those workers with ongoing disputes as a step towards a 24-hour general strike.

The background is crisis-ridden capitalism, a system so unequal that the richest 1% of the world’s population own more wealth than all the rest of us combined. War, poverty, unemployment and austerity blight the lives of billions.

Socialist alternative

Increasing numbers of people are searching for an alternative. A YouGov poll revealed that more people in Britain have a favourable view of socialism than of capitalism. 47% of people surveyed in the US said they would be willing to vote for a socialist for president.

Socialist societies would be able, through planning the use of the world’s enormous wealth and resources, to provide decent jobs, homes and services for everyone.

The Socialist Party fights for:

  • Tax the rich! Reverse the job cuts at HM Revenue and Customs – Close tax loopholes and enforce collection of avoided taxes. Increase taxes on the super-rich and big business
  • End all cuts and austerity
  • Nationalise the banks and the major corporations under democratic workers’ control and management – with compensation only on the basis of proven need
  • For democratic public ownership of our NHS, steel, railways, public services, utilities and banks
  • Through public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, together we can build a democratic socialist society run in the interests of the millions not the billionaires

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‘Panama Papers’ scandal shows why UKIP & Tory EU outers can’t be the voice of Leave

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Former Labour MP and Socialist councillor Dave Nellist

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), one of three EU exit organisations vying for recognition from the Electoral Commission to be the official Leave campaign, today called on the Commission not to award official status to any group that has received funding from individuals or companies named in the ‘Panama Papers’.

Last week TUSC submitted what the BBC called a ‘surprise bid’ to be the designated Leave campaign in June’s EU referendum (click here for BBC article) against the Tory and UKIP dominated exit campaigns, Vote Leave and Grassroots Out.

Dave Nellist, a former backbench colleague of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is now the chair of TUSC, said:

“Designation as the official Leave campaign will give political authority to the group chosen, access to the media including TV broadcasts, and, not least, substantial public funding – £13 million for starters for a freepost mailing.

“It would be an outrage if taxpayers’ money went to organisations whose funders do everything to avoid paying tax!

“Ex-Tory donor and now UKIP member Aaron Banks, for example, one of the key funders of Grassroots Out, has been named in today’s Guardian as ‘appear[ing] as the shareholder of a British Virgin Islands company called PRI Holdings Limited’, with shares from PRI also reported as having been transferred to Elizabeth Bilney, the chief executive of Leave.EU. Vote Leave is also not short of wealthy business backers.

“At the very least the Electoral Commission should do a proper audit of the business backers of Grassroots Out and Vote Leave before they make their designation decision, even if that means disrupting the EU referendum timetable.

“Legally the Electoral Commission has to be satisfied that the campaign they choose ‘adequately represents’ those supporting a particular outcome in the referendum. Organisations funded by tainted money certainly wouldn’t meet that test.

“Alternatively, they can designate TUSC as the lead campaign for Leave.

“The Panama papers controversy, showing how the elite have a common interest in bending the rules for themselves, is another example of why either of the reactionary Leave campaigns will be too easily dealt with by the equally big business-dominated ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ Remain campaign, because they all operate within the same economic, political – and tax-avoiding – framework.

“TUSC, on the other hand, has a completely different standpoint and would provide an anti-austerity, anti-racist and socialist alternative to the EU that would offer a far greater challenge to the Remain campaign than Vote Leave or Grassroots Out ever could”.

Last Friday TUSC issued a challenge to Vote Leave and Grassroots Out for a public debate: ‘Who should be the voice of Leave? Trade unionists and socialists – or bankers, Tories and ex-Tories?’ Only now it should be, ‘Trade unionists and socialists – or bankers, Tories and tax avoiders’.