Only socialism and class struggle can end austerity

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), June 22, 2015.

The newly re-elected Conservative government is intent on imposing a yet-more devastating offensive against jobs, wages and essential welfare and social services on which millions of people depend.

The Tories are committed to slashing £15 billion in welfare cuts, as part of an additional £38 billion in cuts. They are to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants in a move that will eliminate most of what remains of social housing.

Next month, Chancellor George Osborne will outline an immediate £12 billion in spending cuts across all departments including the National Health Service and schools.

However, this is only the beginning … //

… Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, one of whom will be the next leader of the Labour Party, have all refused to even attend today’s demonstration.

Once again, it is Greece that provides the most devastating indictment of the People’s Assembly’s perspective for opposing austerity.

Today’s demonstration is being advanced as a contribution to “a European bottom up mobilization” in defence of Greece, based upon an appeal signed by Greek trade union bureaucrats and activists. It calls for “pressure” to be placed upon the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund to end their “unacceptable behaviour” because the “Greek people decided, by voting a left government to support them, to break the neoliberal consensus.”

This refers to the election of Syriza in January, which claimed that austerity could be ended through an appeal for an “honourable compromise” with the European Union while leaving Greek capitalism untouched.

The result has been an unmitigated disaster. The only deal being offered to Syriza is one where they agree to impose the next tranche of austerity measures dictated by the EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This too is a foretaste of what faces the working class in Britain if they do not break from the bankrupt politics of the People’s Assembly.

The only genuine means of combating austerity is the independent political mobilisation of the working class. The only government that can reverse austerity is a workers’ government, pledged to implement socialist policies based upon planned production for need and not profit.

Above all, the working class must join and build the Socialist Equality Party to challenge the parties of big business and create new organisations of class struggle through a political break with the trade unions. This offensive must be waged as part of a continent-wide mobilisation against the EU and all its constituent governments and for the United Socialist States of Europe.

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