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Public Spending Review anything but 'fair'
It spells misery for millions of ordinary working people
“The cuts outlined in today’s Public Spending Review will cause untold suffering amongst workers and the poor, none of whom caused the present financial crisis,” Socialist Councilor Dave Nellist stated immediately after the Chancellor’s announcement. “Governments throughout the world are trying to make the poor pay for the global economic crisis – yet the crisis was caused by these Governments and international banks worldwide. Those who caused it should be made to pay for it.”
“The message we want to get over is that there are other ways to remove the debt,” he continued. “Cuts are not inevitable, and never were. The banks could repay the £850 billion the Government has given them to bail them out. A 5% wealth tax on the richest 10% would, on its own, resolve the debt. Every year, there is £120 billion of unpaid tax that the rich avoid through tax evasion. Withdrawing from Afghanistan would save £ Billions. The banks and building societies, which continue to make massive profits, could be nationalised and run by the people for the people, with profits used to maintain and improve our public services. There are alternatives to these draconian cuts,” he concluded, “and we will continue to put them forward until politicians listen.”
The theme was taken up by Campaign for a New Workers’ Party spokesperson Pete McLaren. “Although the detail may still have to be worked out at local level, we know that these cuts will mean the loss of over one million jobs, and the cuts will hit schools, health care, public transport, the fire service and housing – whatever the Tories may try to pretend. You can not cut funding to local Councils by 28% without that happening. Those who need these services will be denied them, and those who work tirelessly to provide these services will face redundancy, reduced wages and pensions, and greater workloads. The attacks on Council housing and benefit claimants are particularly severe. It took over 50 years to establish the Welfare State – the Tories and their Liberal allies will destroy it overnight, with little, if any, meaningful opposition from Labour”
“Workers across Europe have the right idea, with 70% in France supporting the recent series of mass strikes, and 50% calling for a General Strike. That is the way forward here as well,” he concluded.