DESPERATE Tories launched a vicious attack on Labour and the tens of thousands who have protested in Manchester this week — highlighting the government’s fear of growing mass opposition.
Wales Secretary Stephen Crabb accused protesters of spouting “venom and bile” because they dared speak out against the Tory cuts and for opposing privatisation of public services and attacks on workers’ rights.
Mr Crabb also accused Labour of “abandoning the working class” — while his government forces through repressive new legislation which will virtually outlaw workers’ right to strike.
Pouring scorn on the thousands who mounted daily protests during the conference, he said: “Whatever venom and bile we have seen outside the entrance of this conference venue this week, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the needs, the aspirations and the ambitions of workers and their families.”
But Morning Star campaigns manager Steve Sweeney, one of the organisers of the People’s Assembly week of action against the Tories in Manchester, said: “Mr Crabb’s speech to conference shows that the Tories have been rattled by the demonstrations and protests that have taken place this week.”
He said he met victims of Tory policies, including disabled people, young people as well as unwell people who have been unable to get treatment because of Tory NHS closures.
Mr Sweeney said the Tories feared a reinvigorated Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
“They are frightened of the movement that has been built by the Corbyn campaign and they are frightened they now have to face a Labour leader who opposes austerity and has given a voice to those who have been abandoned by the political elite for so long.
“They fear that working-class people are organising and fighting back against their politics.” He added that this “offensive idiot” shows the Conservative Party in panic and the impact the People’s Assembly week of action has had.
People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn said the real “venom and bile” had come from inside the conference.
“This government has blood on its hands and it should expect to be met with opposition everywhere it goes,” he said.
“The week of action we’ve just had in Manchester to protest at the Tory conference has been huge and this growing movement is here to stay.”