A Tale of Two Austerities By John Clarke

17 January 2019 — Socialist Project

The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate ‘welfare state’, the attack on social provision in the UK has been outstandingly severe. One of the key elements of this has been a drive to degrade social benefit systems. The central objective has not been, as is generally claimed, to save money but rather to ensure a level of desperation that drives people into low wage precarious work and depresses the level of real wages.
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UK People’s Assembly protest shows Corbyn’s role in demobilising the working class By Steve James

14 January 2019 — WSWS

Some 2,000 people attended the People’s Assembly demonstration in London on Saturday, called under the slogan “Britain is Broken, General Election Now.”

The protest was much smaller even than last May’s Trades Union Congress demonstration, when only 25,000 attended, and a mere fraction of the 2011 “March for an Alternative,” when 250,000 demonstrated. Saturday’s march concluded with a perfunctory rally in Trafalgar Square.

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The struggle against austerity and the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe

12 January 2019 — WSWS

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Today’s People’s Assembly against Austerity demonstration in London declares that a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn is the only alternative to a Conservative government bent on destroying jobs, wages and vital social services.

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Corbyn, Brexit and the struggle for the United Socialist States of Europe By Chris Marsden

17 December 2018 — WSWS

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to reach a deal over Brexit and the deepening paralysis of her government unfolds under conditions of a European and global crisis of capitalism, marked above all by the resurgence of the class struggle.

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Number of UK households in energy debt increases by 300,000, owing nearly £400 million By Dennis Moore

15 December 2018 — WSWS

Research published by the consumer web site Uswitch reveals that, as winter’s cold weather bites, the number of households already in debt to energy suppliers in the UK rose by 300,000 in the past year.

The outstanding debt owed to power companies in October this year totalled £393 million, an increase of nearly a quarter on the same time last year. It is usually expected that households should be in credit at this time of year, with the expectation that as the colder months ahead arrive, consumers will have the money to pay for higher winter bills.

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Les Gilets Jaunes – A Bright Yellow Sign of Distress By Diana Johnstone

4 December 2018 — Global Research

Every automobile in France is supposed to be equipped with a yellow vest. This is so that in case of accident or breakdown on a highway, the driver can put it on to ensure visibility and avoid getting run over.

So the idea of wearing your yellow vest to demonstrate against unpopular government measures caught on quickly.  The costume was at hand and didn’t have to be provided by Soros for some more or less manufactured “color revolution”.  The symbolism was fitting: in case of socio-economic emergency, show that you don’t want to be run over.

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How the West eats its children By Thierry Meyssan

4 December 2018 — Voltaire Net
JPEG - 55.6 kbFor Thierry Meyssan, by taking to the streets, the French have become the first Western population to take personal risks to oppose financial globalisation. Although they do not realise it, and still imagine that their problems are exclusively national, their enemy is the same force that crushed the region of the African Great Lakes and a part of the Greater Middle East. In order to understand the project which inextricably unites these apparently disparate events, we have to take a step back.

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Slanders depicting “Yellow Vest” protesters as violent neo-fascists collapse

28 November 2018 — WSWS

By our reporter

In the aftermath of last Saturday’s demonstrations in Paris, the French political establishment has unleashed a torrent of political invectives against the “Yellow Vest” protesters on the Champs-Elysées. Ministers, police and the media have vied with each other to denounce workers, professionals and small business people who protested in yellow vests as “ultra-left” or neo-Nazis. Their propaganda is totally false.

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