We are being told that cuts are necessary because of the huge crisis of capitalism. We are told that it is necessary to cut our essential services but details have been withheld as this report makes clear.
Cuts are totally unnecessary when there are billions of pounds wasted
- in uncollected or avoided taxes – no campaign here like that to prevent benefit fraud which brings in comparatively trivial amounts from the poorest section of society.
- in privatised public services where money invested in the NHS, the education service etc go to swell the profits of large corporations, many of which lobby our elected members who are eager to give their services for financial reward.
- in imported energy sources when we need to develop renewable sources with much more vigour, hydrogen power where water, not carbon is the residue. But coal imports cost £4bn annually when we have our own reserves. This is burned without the use of technology which exists to capture carbon.
- in developing a highly dangerous and costly nuclear industry which has persuaded government to pay the cost of clean up following a catastrophe like Chernobyl. We know the environment around Sellafield is polluted and affecting the health, including that of the unborn. It changed its name once from Windscale because of its dreadful reputation following a nuclear accident.
The Socialist Labour Party is drawing attention to the inevitable outcome of the General Election where choice is limited to parties supporting the same elite establishment which wishes to pass on the cost of failed policies to working people. You have been warned!
The following was received from Louise McDaid’s campaign in Scotland, but applies elsewhere. I am SLP for Birmingham, Perry Barr and Shangara Singh Bhatoe Wolverhampton Northeast in the West Midlands.
The Socialist Labour Party believes that the policies set our in our Manifesto are able to resolve the economic and social crisis facing our Country. In 1997 I called for our manufacturing industry to be rebuilt after years of Tory misrule and the reliance on the Finance World. I also referred to the “Fat Cats” in big business who awarded themselves big bonuses but now we have to include the politicians from all the main political parties who have been found guilty of abusing the public purse with their expenses claims.
New Labour gave our money to bail out the banks to the tune of at least £850 Billion. A policy supported by the Tories, Lib Dems and the SNP.
As a consequence of this our Public Services are to suffer. Locally Labour, SNP, Tory and Lib Dems unanimously supported a budget that saw a £5 million cut in Education; £1.4million in Social Services and £1.3million in Property Services. Everything from our Community Centres to privatisation of services for our Senior Citizens are on the agenda locally and I will repeat again… all supported by the four main political parties.
The Socialist Labour Party would demand that the rich who have been allowed to use every scam in the book to avoid paying tax – a total of £120 Billion – be forced to pay back every penny. The massive economic black hole would be easily filled in by reclaiming this money.
With the scrapping of Trident and ID Cards; withdrawal from the European Union and bringing our troops home we would be in a position to deal with the people’s priorities: Health, Education, full employment, a decent pension and affordable public housing. Above all a future for our young people must be a priority for everyone of us. Unemployment for our 18-24 year olds has risen by 66% between 2007 to 2009 in North Ayrshire & Arran – and this under a Labour Government.
Finally as you make your decision on who to vote for I would ask you to think of the following:-
If you support the closure of our Community Centres, scrapping of swimming lessons for our children; paying for rubbish uplifts; privatisation of services for our Senior Citizens then vote for one of the other parties. Otherwise I would ask you to vote for Socialist Labour Party Candidates in this election.