The swathe of Tory posters disfiguring billboards up and down Britain signal that the general election campaign is underway.
The election will dominate British politics over the next three months.
But there is little difference between the policies of the main parties.
They have all made it clear that their intentions are to make ordinary people pay for the economic crisis.
Millions of people are angry with New Labour but also worry about what a Tory victory would mean.
Socialists have a responsibility to intervene in the election. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is a crucial part of this.
We also have to be part of creating and strengthening the networks of resistance to the cuts that working people are already beginning to face.
The deep disillusionment many feel has allowed a space for fascists and racists to organise—and the left must mobilise to confront them.
There are two key dates when the English Defence League intend to take to the streets: Saturday 20 March in Bolton and Sunday 4 April in Dudley.
We urge as many people as possible to go to Bolton and Dudley to stop these racist thugs going on the rampage.
Doing all these things will ensure that socialists are better placed to intervene in the fight against the cuts and the political debate that will follow the election.