Anti-cuts, public services

Questions and answers on the cuts martin Tue, 10/19/2010 - 12:04
Stop the cuts

Q. The Lib/Tory coalition says that the government just has to make social cuts, in the same way as anyone who has "maxed out" their credit cards needs to cut back. Is that true?

A. No. In the first place, there is nothing impossible about the government continuing with a large budget deficit for a while. Governments can't "run out of money" in the same way that households or businesses can.

Selections, factionalism, and Akehurst Matthew Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:22
Selections, factionalism, and Akehurst

“We may well have reached 'peak Momentum'. These are the most favourable political circumstances Labour’s hard left could envisage.

“They feel politically vindicated by the general election result, have a well-funded, well-staffed organisation holding a vast amount of data on Labour members and have reshaped Labour’s membership through successive rounds of mass recruitment.”

Illusions of Power: The lessons of last time round Matthew Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:09

In the early 1980s, many Labour councils were committed to defy Tory cuts. Sadly, every single one of these councils backed down in the end. There are many lessons to be learned from that defeat.

Today business rates are set by, and channelled through, central government. In the 1980s, councils set and collected rates levied on local businesses. They had more scope to offset central government cuts through these tax-raising powers. In that context many argued that this tax-raising was progressive and redistributive.

Cuts could devastate domestic violence refuge service

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 9:26 Author: Ruth Willis
Sisters Uncut protest

According to Women’s Aid there were over twenty thousand referrals to refuge services in 2015-16. Of these, a quarter were turned down due to lack of space. The actual numbers of people accessing all domestic violence services is much higher. The figures are staggering.

Budget alternatives should focus on control

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 10:14 Author: Editorial
John McDonnell

In a number of speeches in the run-up to the Tory government’s Budget on 22 November, shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has rightly indicted the Tories’ record since George Osborne began their cuts program back in 2010.

• A 30% increase in food bank usage in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, as the six-week delay in making the payment pushes thousands into destitution.

• The NHS so cash-strapped that even its top bosses say it will crumble without a big boost. Cuts in per-student finance for state schools for the first time since the 1990s.

Capitalists demand planning martin Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:33

As well as from the left, demanding freedom of movement and social levelling-up, the Tory government is also under pressure from big business over Brexit. Few bosses have come out for stopping Brexit. The big majority, though, are demanding a definite timetable and a long transition period during which Britain sticks to EU rules. Their reasons are interesting in relation to long-running arguments between socialists and advocates of capitalism over economic planning.

Tens of thousands march against Tories

Submitted by martin on 1 October, 2017 - 9:27 Author: Martin Thomas

According to the organisers, some 50,000 trade unionists, Labour Party people, and left-wingers marched in Manchester on 1 October, as the Tory Party conference opened, to demand an end to cuts.

There were a lot of union banners and insignia, mainly from Unite and Unison, some from the GMB, a bit from the PCS and RMT. The newly-merged teachers' union NEU did not make much showing.

As on many demonstrations these days, the majority of the demonstrators looked to be either under 30 or over 55, with a thin representation of intermediate age groups.

Rally Labour to oust Tories! cathy n Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:02
Cartoon on Tories

On Sunday 1 October tens of thousands will protest at the Tory party conference, demanding no more austerity; scrap the pay cap; decent health, homes, jobs and education.

At the TUC congress in Brighton on 10-13 September, Mark Serwotka, leader of the civil service workers’ union PCS, said: “We have a weak government with no mandates to implement further public sector pay restraint. Now is the time for the action required to defeat this government pay cap and put real-terms pay increases in the pockets of our members”.