Socialist Worker

Vote against cuts and organise to fight

by Maxine Bowler, TUSC candidate Sheffield Brightside
Issue No. 2197

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Ordinary people are really fed up with the mainstream parties—and rightly so.

The main parties rolled out their manifestos this week and there was nothing for workers except cuts, scapegoating and war. Housing is in crisis in Britain, but none of the main parties are talking about it.

There are 97,000 people on the housing waiting list in Sheffield, a crisis the council created after selling off and knocking down good council homes.

I’m standing against David Blunkett who has recently talked about poverty in the area. It’s all very well talking about it, but he’s been in power for years. What has he done?

The cuts are high on the main parties’ agenda, but we don’t need cuts to public services.

I say we have to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system, and tax the rich properly. That will save us billions.

Unless we stand up for ourselves, people can become demoralised and pulled towards more right wing ideas.

People like to hear our message that there is hope for the future, that we can save our services and make our communities more equal and well cared for.

All these business leaders are lining up to back the Tories because they want ordinary people to pay for the mess of the economic crisis and recession.

Anyone would think that it was us that created the crisis—but it’s the speculators and the bankers who did it. They should pay.

I’m proud to stand for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. When we campaign many people say they’re glad to see someone standing up for workers and a fightback.

Whichever party gets in after the general election, we’re going to have to fight over everything.

We need green jobs and an economy based on the needs of the majority, not the waste and greed of the rich and powerful.

  • London
    12 noon, Seven Sisters tube station, Tottenham High Rd, London N17
  • Manchester
    12 noon, Northmoor Community Assoc, 95–97 Northmoor Road, Longsight, Manchester M12
  • Edinburgh
    12noon, Kirkgate, foot of Leith Walk
  • Cambridge
    12 Noon, Romsey Labour Club, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1, Lunch provided
  • Sheffield
    12 noon, Ellesmere Green, Burngreave

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