Auntie Cuts | 20.10.2010 08:22
On the day that the Con-Dem Chancellor George Osborne announces the results of a ‘spending review’ designed to cut £83 billion from public services, we need to show our opposition in Bristol on the 20th with people gathering in the city centre at 5pm to respond to the cuts. But most importantly is the demo on the 23rd of October where people throughout the South West will gather together in Bristol to show their opposition to the cuts, meet at Castlepark at 11am. Osborne is wielding the axe but it hasn't fallen yet, we need to show our opposition to the biggest fundamental attack on the social fabric of UK. In France they have began the fight back and now it's our turn. These cuts will be disastrous for the South West, with public services being decimated, the most disadvantaged people being attacked all to pay off a debt which is none of our doing. There will be national demonstrations this week and the South West needs to show in solidarity with other campaigns that we don't agree, want or accept these cuts and we will resist them. We need to show we are all in this together and together we will stand.
The Con-Dem government of millionaires, supported by the media, says ‘there is no alternative’ to massive cutbacks at the expense of working people to pay the debts of a bankrupt system.
They tell us ‘we are all in it together’ as they plan cuts in jobs, pay, pensions, benefits, and public services that will hit the poor ten times harder than the rich. If they want cuts, let them cut bank profits and bonuses. If they want to pay off debt, let them tax the rich and big business. If they say we can’t afford the NHS, let them axe Trident and withdraw from Afghanistan.
The cuts they plan will plunge us into a slump. Cuts in the public sector destroy jobs in the private sector. Cuts on the scale of the 1930s will produce unemployment on the scale of the 1930s. What we need is massive investment to create jobs, regenerate the economy, and provide the goods and services people need. In particular, we need massive investment in renewable energy and public transport to begin the transition to a green economy.
Bristol Demo Details:
There will be a gathering in the centre of Bristol in response to the announcement of the cuts at 5pm on Wednesday. Meet in the Centre opposite the Hippodrome with banners and placards
Meet at Castlepark at 11am for start of March.
There has been a huge effort for the demonstration and rally on Saturday: lots of leafleting (15000), meetings, an advert on the Evening Post's website. Coaches are coming from around the South West. Please persuade as many workmates, friends, neighbours, relatives, etc. to come and make this a really big protest.
More information about the cuts
http://www.tuc.org.uk/industrial/tuc-18087-f0.pdf (cuts leaflet)
http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/?p=466 (interesting link to why this debt is not that bad)
http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/?p=1382 (want to know the truth about Camerons Heritage)
This is a brilliant analysis of what's going on by David Harvey and why we should all be anti capitalists and is good entertainment check out some of the other animated talks on the right hand side.
Original article on IMC Bristol: http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/695550