Back to the barricades

November 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Just to be clear – my title is intended figuratively!

 I’m sure the Coalition wishes that the cut-related fuss would die down, but no sign of it so far. I chaired a meeting in Hebden Bridge a few days ago to discuss same. Some of our local Labour folk came along, and we managed to stay away from party political bickering and concentrate on the shared aim of blunting Georgie’s axe. Easier said than done, of course, but we agreed that our best hope lies in staying united on this crucial issue du jour.

 Just for fun (!) I kept a list of the worst atrocities, as mentioned by different people in the course of the meeting. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance, which encouraged young folk from poorer homes to stay on at school.
  • The casual destruction of NICE, which limited predatory over-charging by Big Pharma (I shall return to this subject in the future)
  • The swallowing of govt- funded Consumer Direct by the charity Citizen’s Advice (and in the meantime the CAB is facing big cuts too)
  • The dramatic rise in next year’s rail fares, though somehow ‘we’ can still afford to build lots more nice new roads.
  • The 10% cut to Housing Benefit for anyone feckless enough to be unemployed for a year.

In truth, I think these Eton-educated millionaires have no idea what life is like for the majority of us – and I include my fellow middle-class professionals in that majority.

 But not to worry, because we’re all in this together.

Aren’t we?


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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