Earlier this week the IWW warned, "Remember: these cuts are already happening. English as a second language provision went before the summer while the Labour government were still encouraging ‘citizenship’ for new arrivals. Youth service Connexions has been decimated, just as the youth of this country need more support to get work. Libraries are operating under a short staff regime and many are closing early and at the weekend. The workforce is increasingly split into small service providers and businesses. Many of us are in temporary or part time work or even on ‘zero hour’ contracts. "
Around the country similar signs of rot are appearing in the system. Sadistic debates around the commodification of humanity are opening up as Vince Cable engages in a row with Downing Street over whether immigration caps are good for business. Downing Street says it's OK because it "still allows the brightest and the best to come to Britain". As the world's financial systems go into meltdown we see what our lords and masters really think of the commoners.
The momentum behind the tory conference protest is ever-increasing as communities mobilise en masse to reclaim ownership of their livelihoods. The predictable police response is to try to undermine the protest in the ever-increasing spirit that a demonstration should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to achieve anything. Latest plans announced in the Birmingham Mail yesterday appear to allow for no more than 30 protesters to occupy a designated protest zone. After all, say West Midlands police, anything more could cause "hazardous congestion".
Let us on october 3rd and beyond stand together as a general public due to be decimated by the privileged in the name of protecting vested interest. In the words of the IWW: "The TUC have voted for co-ordinated action. Fair play. But by the time they have balloted and organised it could be too late. The cuts are happening now not some time in the future. We need to stand together as workers and as a community. ‘An injury to one is an injury to all’."