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Britain's ruling class preparing a fresh offensive against people’s living standards and rights, Communist Party warns

BRITAIN’S ruling class and its new Downing Street administration are preparing a fresh offensive against people’s living standards and democratic rights, the Communist Party warned at the weekend.

CP industrial organiser Andy Bain told the party’s executive committee meeting at Ruskin House in Croydon, London that millions of people will find they have “bread and circuses” but without the bread.

He said: “While monarchs old and new are used to mask a society based on exploitation, oppression, militarism and imperialist war, Prime Minister Liz Truss and her regime are drawing up plans to subsidise big business super-profits, cut and privatise public services and further restrict hard-won rights to strike, dissent and demonstrate.”

Mr Bain welcomed plans by rail unions RMT and Aslef to resume strikes, and urged unions to co-ordinate industrial action for maximum impact on employers and the government.

He also emphasised the important role that anti-austerity campaigns, trades councils, Labour Party organisations and the left must play in building solidarity for workers in struggle.

“Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng are racing to defend the interests of the big corporations as Britain and the international capitalist economy slide into recession,” Mr Bain argued.

“There will no more talk of ‘levelling up’ as the bankers’ bonus tax is abolished and public money is used to shore up the super-profits of the big energy companies.”

According to Treasury estimates, these companies will reap up to £170 billion in “excess profits” over the next two years, although the Tory government refuses to extend the current windfall tax which is expected to raise just £5bn in its first year.

Britain’s communists called instead for a 100 per cent windfall tax, while insisting that this is no substitute for the return of the energy industry and North Sea oil and gas to public ownership and control.

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