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June 26, 2015 / politicsbitesize

Socialism? Yes please!

JuneDemoPplsAssemblyFrom almost every region of the UK hundreds of thousands of people woke up early last Saturday to board buses bound for London. The morning of June 20th 2015 saw one of the biggest demonstrations against government policy in recent years. The People’s Assembly called for an end to the austerity measures that have already caused suffering to the most vulnerable members of society, and over a quarter of a million individuals rallied behind that cry.

The message from the day was simple – ‘End Austerity Now’ – and the atmosphere was electric as a cacophony of different voices demanded an alternative to the current system and to policies that only benefit those at the top. Amongst the speakers and marchers was Charlotte Church, who said she was standing in solidarity with ‘everybody who thinks that austerity isn’t the only way and thinks it is essentially unethical, unfair and unnecessary’. Alongside her were Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the Union, Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, Owen Jones and Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North and Labour leader candidate.

An enormous cheer went up for Jeremy as he addressed those assembled in Parliament Square. His message was to ask those present to ‘stand up as the brave people did in the 1920s and 1930s’ to ask for ‘a state that takes responsibility for everybody – to ensure that nobody is destitute … everybody caring for everybody else. I think it is called socialism’. It was clear from the crowd’s response that the appetite for a more egalitarian way of organising society is burgeoning. Commentators who are suggesting that socialism is dead* or that a vote for Jeremy is to ignore the electorate clearly haven’t met the electorate! There were 250,000 of them stood in front of Westminster Palace at the weekend, all calling for an alternative to austerity and celebrating the prospect of that being socialism.

The movement to end austerity is set to grow as thousands of others join together over the coming months and years in order to protect themselves, their communities and their families against the further £12bn of cuts to welfare and public sector funding that have been announced by the Tory government. Forthcoming events from The People’s Assembly are listed below. There are groups in almost every part of the country and new members are always very welcome.

* Such as Lord Hutton: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blairite-former-labour-minister-lord-hutton-says-labour-lost-because-it-had-oldschool-socialist-policies-10238248.html

 


 

Protest Osborne’s Emergency Budget: National Day of Action
8th July, 2015 | UK-wide

Osborne plans £12 billion in cuts to welfare and a fresh round of austerity measures. We’re calling a national day of action, with rallies, strikes, creative stunts and events all across the country. Get in touch to plan an event in your area and we’ll add it to the list!

Demonstrate at the Tory Party Conference
4-8th October, 2015 | Manchester
We’ll be hosting a week of National protests and action at the Tory party conference. More details will be coming soon so keep an eye an out!

 

June 23, 2015 / politicsbitesize

Presenting a Viable Alternative

Building the movement against austerity & war
With Jeremy Corbyn

Sunday 28 June
1.30, City Arts, Hockley
See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463415363968900/ for more info.

JereJeremyNottmJunemy Corbyn will be in Nottingham on Sunday 28th June for the Labour Party leadership hustings. After the hustings he will speak at this meeting on the theme of ‘Building the movement against austerity and war’.

Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy for the Labour leadership means that the opposition to austerity and war now has a voice in this high profile contest. It also presents an enormous opportunity for those of us committed to building resistance to the new Tory government. Whether or not Jeremy wins we will need a dynamic, mass movement to spread and organise around an alternative set of ideas.

Come and hear what Jeremy has to say and get involved in building the movement against austerity and war.

June 18, 2015 / politicsbitesize

END AUSTERITY NOW – National Demonstration

20_June_demo_web_flyer_2This Saturday (20th June) tens of thousands of people will be assembling outside the Bank of England from 12pm to protest against more devastating cuts to public services and welfare.  Organised by The People’s Assembly, End Austerity Now is expected to be the biggest anti-austerity demonstration for years.  Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is expected to make a keynote address to participants at the end of the two and a half mile march from the City to Parliament Square.  By his side will be Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennett of the Green Party, the Director of the War on Want, John Hilary, and the singer Charlotte Church.

Below are details from the organisers about the event.  Please share using the #EndAusterityNow

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The People’s Assembly
Saturday 20th June 2015

Assemble 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London
Nearest tube: Bank
Organised by The People’s Assembly

With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about- the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services.

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is calling a major national demonstration & festival on Saturday 20 to send a clear message to the Tory government; we demand an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top.

We’ll be assembling the demonstration in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, the banks and their friends in Westminster. We demand that the bankers and elite should pay for the crisis and not the vasty majority who had nothing to do with it.

Share & invite your friends on Facebook.

June 10, 2015 / politicsbitesize

TTIP Update

The next round of TTIP voting, set for this afternoon, has been postponed! It has been suggested that this is in part due to the many amendments sought by MEPs.

Following the TUC’s call yesterday, the European Labour Paty is backing Jude Kirton-Darling’s Amendment 27* which would explicitly reject ISDS in TTIP.

* Amendment 27 – opposes special privileges for foreign investors by excluding Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

 

For further information visit:
http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/06/ttip-vote-postponed-blow-to-g7-hopes-of-an-early-eu-us-trade-deal/

https://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/europe/trade/meps-must-vote-no-isds-european-parliament-resolution-ttip

June 4, 2015 / politicsbitesize

A call to support Jeremy Corbyn

To all the Labour MPs yet to back their next leader,

I am writing this open letter to express my support for Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader of the Labour Party now that he has formally announced his candidacy in the leadership contest. Mr Corbyn rightly states that he will represent a much needed left-wing alternative to the current status quo. After the monumental disappointment of the general election, it was even more of a blow to hear the rhetoric of people like Mr Blair proclaiming that Labour lost because it was too left-wing. Such a position is not only ludicrous, but also so transparently untrue as to be laughable. Mr Corbyn entering the contest represents a real chance to revitalise the Labour party as a true left-wing force in this country, standing for workers’ rights and fighting against austerity.

It is for these reasons that I am requesting that you lend your support to Mr Corbyn in the initial nomination process. I think it is unfortunate that the nomination process is restricted to MPs as in a popular vote amongst members and union members, an alternative to the homogeneity offered by the other candidates would be truly welcomed. I hope that you agree that an MP of Mr Corbyn’s standing and experience would represent a strong choice in this contest, so I implore you to do what you can to ensure that he receives the required 35 nominations in order that the voices of all in the Labour Party can be heard.

Yours sincerely.

June 2, 2015 / politicsbitesize

Six Reasons Why Privatisation Is Bad For Our Health

Healthcare can not, and should not, be marketised.

NHSpace

Public health expert David Lawrence explains why competition and marketisation aren’t the change that the NHS needs. 

The NHS in England was once a collaborative and cooperative public service, with the aim of reducing our suffering, and improving our health. Over the last 30 years, successive governments have introduced more and more elements of competition, contracting and privatisation, including the purchaser-provider split, the Private Finance Initiative and ‘any qualified provider’. There are several reasons why this is not good for us.

1. Competition Creates Bureaucracy

Public financing, using general taxation and public, non-profit healthcare, has lower costs than a part-market system with for-profit providers and mixed public and private financing. The traditional NHS (pre-1980s) had low management costs of around 5%. That was perhaps too low, and required more expenditure on expert management data collection and systems management.

The Health Select Committee has noted that, by 2005, the internal market had increased…

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May 21, 2015 / politicsbitesize

TTIP: Ramping Down Standards

stop-ttip-generic-fbAn open letter to all MEPs 

TTIP has been a concern of mine for nearly a year now. It is a potential threat to our food safety, as relaxed US regulations on products such as hormone-treated beef and chlorinated chicken replace more stringent European ones.

Most worryingly of all is the proposed Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause that will allow multinational companies to sue individual countries directly for loss of profits that were due to public policy decisions.

It was heartening to see US Congress put the brakes on the initiative last week, but more needs to be done. So, I ask that when you sit down with the Trade Committee on May 28th, you will vote against both TTIP and the ISDS mechanism included within it.

Please consider my views when you decide the resolution next week.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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If you would like to write directly to your MEP please visit the 38 Degrees site: https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/don-t-give-corporations-the-power-to-sue-our-government

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