Wednesday, 21 September 2011

We beat the poll tax, lessons for today

RCT Socialist Update no. 31

Working class people are currently facing the biggest assault on our living standards since the 1930's. The ConDem government are intend on taking us all on at the same time, be it jobs, services, pensions or benefits we are all under attack. Whilst on the surface it paints a very bleak and real danger to us all the tory led government have shown they are not willing to learn from their own mistakes.
Two decades ago the tories made the mistake of taking on the entire working class together when they introduced the poll tax, and completely unfair tax which meant the rich were expected to only pay the small amount as the poorest people in society. But by taking us all on at the same time, working class people were united in their resitance and through local anti-poll tax groups organised a campaign where 18 million people refused to pay the tax and forced the government to repeal the tax and brought down Thatcher.

Whilst the situation today is not the same as it was then there are similiarites, whith local anti-cuts groups springing up all around the country in a similiar fashion to those past anti poll tax unions it is important for us as socialists to draw the lessons from the mass campaign of the past to ensure we can stop the cuts today.

We will be discussing this very issue at our weekly branch meeting. Come along and join the discussion, in the meantime, you can read this short article which gives some of the background but more crucially the relevance for today.

Come along to the meeting
Wednesday, 7.15pm
Otley Arms, Treforest

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