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As Tories slash services and blame migrants… resist racism

Issue No. 2352

The local elections in England and Wales last week will have given confidence to racists across Britain.

The far right Ukip grabbed 139 seats. It previously had just eight in the areas contested.

The Tories lost 335 seats. Now they and Labour claim that they need more anti-immigrant rhetoric to win votes.

Politicians will keep trying to whip up division as the crisis continues. They want ordinary people to blame each other for the lack of jobs and services, instead of blaming those at the top.

They assume that the election results mean that Britain is a country of racists. But the right isn’t as strong as it might seem.

The election doesn’t mean that Ukip has widespread support across Britain. It took place in Tory heartlands where Ukip could be expected to get more of a hearing.

Meanwhile, the fascist British National Party, once a rising threat, did miserably in the elections.

And, anti-racists have consistently outnumbered the racist English Defence League in towns and cities across Britain.

We need to keep challenging lies that seek to scapegoat migrants. 

And we need to build united struggles against the real enemy—the bosses and the Tories.


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Tue 7 May 2013, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2352
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