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Cameron got away with murder—don't let May

Issue No. 2521

Cameron has forced thousands into using food banks

Cameron has forced thousands into using food banks (Pic: geograph.org.uk)


David Cameron has followed his humiliating resignation as prime minister by announcing he is resigning as an MP. Good riddance!

For one Financial Times newspaper writer, “Mr Cameron’s legacy can be summed up in one word: Brexit.” Certainly it is his greatest failure.

His gamble that the referendum vote would quell Tory divisions and end the European Union as an issue in British politics spectacularly backfired.

He may have also opened the path to the break-up of Britain as calls for a second Scottish independence vote start up again.

Cameron started as Tory leader with a pitch to leave behind the “nasty party” image. But his pro-environment, compassionate hug-a-hoodie rhetoric soon disappeared.

His real service to the ruling class was to head up the imposition of austerity.

Wages

His “success” is that between 2007 and 2015 real wages in Britain fell by over 10 percent—a drop equalled only in Greece.

Cameron’s legacy is shattered lives, relentless attacks on the NHS and other vital services, deepening racism in order to divide opposition and reckless inaction over climate change.

This week the charity Oxfam underlined the staggering inequality in Britain.

The wealth of the richest 1 percent—634,000 people—is 20 times as much as the assets held by the poorest fifth— 13 million people.

Theresa May also began as Tory leader by saying she wanted “a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. But her grammar schools announcement went beyond what even Margaret Thatcher had proposed.

The task is to mobilise into action the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined Labour, and the many more who agree with Corbyn’s policies who are not members.

We should not be surprised that the Tories act in the interests of the millionaires. The point is to stop them. Cameron got away with murder. We must not let May do the same.

The support for Jeremy Corbyn is one sure sign of how there could be much more resistance to the Tories. The backing for the junior doctors’ strikes was another.

The task is to mobilise into action the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined Labour, and the many more who agree with Corbyn’s policies who are not members.

The union leaders should build and encourage strikes against the attacks from the bosses and the government.

Corbyn should provide direct campaigning focuses such as a call for a £10 an hour minimum wage for all and a programme for a left wing version of Brexit.

Speeches must be backed with action in workplaces and streets.

Two immediate opportunities for a fightback are the People’s Assembly demonstration in Birmingham on 2 October outside the Tory conference, and the Stand Up To Racism conference on 8 October.

We have to step up the resistance, and put socialist politics at the heart of it.


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