Create crisis for the Tories: 5 Reasons to demonstrate on 16 April

5_reasons_to_demonstrate.jpgThere's been big public outcry since George Osborne announced his budget earlier this week. The Tories are increasingly weak, divided and loosing public support. People's Assembly National Secretary, Sam Fairbairn, explains why the national demonstration on Saturday 16 April is a crucial moment to stop austerity in it's tracks. 

March for Health, Homes, Jobs, Education
Saturday 16 April 2016
Details here

1) Breaking Austerity

The government's economic programme is in chaos. Osborne has laid out yet another budget for the rich. There are further tax breaks for the wealthiest while disabled people face another £4billion in cuts. He announced plans to turn all schools into academies, another step towards the privatisation of our children’s education. Osborne insists there will be a £10billion surplus by 2020 meaning a further £30billion of cuts each year.

Attack is the only mode this government seems to know. But Osborne is missing his targets and and the budget showed the government's whole economic project is failing. A big demonstration now can help make austerity history.

2) Supporting the junior doctors' stand

The demonstration will be led by a health bloc with junior doctors and student nurses. The NHS is being starved of funding, it's going through the biggest crisis since it's foundation while the Tories are quietly selling it off to private companies. Cuts to the NHS Bursary which will only exacerbate staff shortages.

The Junior Doctors strikes are about the future of the NHS as a whole and are a direct challenge to the government's austerity programme. Popular support for the strikes is overwhelming and the government is losing the argument. If the Junior Doctors win it creates a major crisis for the government's plans.

The most important thing we can do to back the doctors is to demonstrate the massive amount of support for them from every section of society - polls aren't enough. The demonstration on 16 April falls in between the next two Junior Doctor strike dates. It is the place to link all the issues together and demonstrate support for the Doctors.

As well as putting the government on the defensive over their plans for the NHS, a huge demonstration will give the doctors confidence to continue taking action.

3) Keeping left

A huge demonstration just weeks before the elections will be bad news for the Tories. The demonstration will not back any candidate or party, but the politics and demands of the demonstration will cut across the right wing rhetoric of austerity and raise issues that many candidates are refusing to address.

The protest movements have profoundly shaped politics in recent years. Jeremy Corbyn wouldn't be leader of the opposition if it wasn't for the many marches and rallies against war and austerity that so many have been on.

Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has in turn strengthened opposition to the government's policies. The right wing want to get rid of Jeremy and the politics he represents, tens of thousands taking to the streets again can keep progressive politics on the offensive.

4) Turning the racist tide

Europe is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Millions have been displaced as a result of wars, poverty and deprivation. The crisis is far from over and, as summer approaches, it's likely to worsen as more people attempt to flee from desperate situations.

The response of our government, and other leaders across Europe, has been brutal but also racist. We're told accommodating refugees will put too much strain on our public services. It's true that our NHS & Education system are under pressure. It's true that there's too few jobs and there's a huge housing crisis across the country. But it's absolutely false that this is the fault of immigration. Austerity from this Government has created these problems and the governments attempts to scapegoat immigrants and refugees is another attempt to pass the blame from away from them.

April's demonstration will turn the spotlight back onto the real perpetrators - and so help to stem the tide of racism.

5) Unite together

The Tories have created a potentially disastrous situation for themselves. They've gone for the doctors and student nurses. They've gone for the Teachers and our education system. They've gone for disabled people at the same time as giving tax breaks to the richest. They're doing nothing to address the growing housing crisis.

The Tories are facing a rebellion even amongst their own ranks while strike action is increasing in workplaces and gaining mass public support. Polls are showing the public don't trust the government with the economy and are against further austerity. At the same time the EU referendum has split the Tories down the middle.

As attacks multiply and the anger grows we need to bring all of these issues together. Uniting everyone who has been hit by austerity will strengthen everyone's chances of beating the Government. That's why the demonstration is so important.

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  • William Beeby
    commented 2016-04-16 10:51:27 +0100
    I wish everyone attending todays march Best Regards and let`s hope the message gets home .
  • Siddhartha Vader
    commented 2016-04-16 09:27:15 +0100
    But you’ve been standing in this collective movement for 5 years while it’s leaders and affiliates do nothing. Where is the direct action? Where is the plan moving forward? Where is the opposition to the union leaders who stifle any of the above while taking massive salaries? The same with populist opposition MP’s?

    Meanwhile Owen Jones is pandering to middle england by givine airtime to Tory scumbags – as if they have anything to say that might persuade us they aren’t vile filth!

    So you want to march around saying the Cameron should resign because his daddy was a tax dodger. So what? You think Boris Johnson isn’t? You think he won’t be replaced by another Etonian lobbyist? What even is the point? He’s gone anyway, after the Brexit he’ll be out. Then what? What’s your plan then, another march organised by the egomaniacs you have in charge? Another opportunity to hear someone like professional misogynist, Russell Brand? Or whoever is popular this week?
  • Steph pemberton
    commented 2016-04-14 05:22:15 +0100
    It’s a simple choice – why miss a chance to share in a colleactive national movement (a huge endorphine guaranteed) hit)with us to REJECT the tory values which continue to strip away support from our taxes towards – supporting the young to secure a good education, meaningful vocational skills, stable careers , the sick, the homeless, the poor, the elderly poor, social housing estates…Tory values that continue to hollow out the NHS , impose the marketisation on our state schools, spout their ideologies through most of our media outlets, continue to bully the BBC, force housing associations to sell off their stock inc sheltered housing.. … = Ehos and Values AND stand up to the moaners, groaners, doomsayers that prefer to sit in the shadows and nothing..Watch and hear Lennon’s Power to the People or Thethe’s Heartland and gather strength. The last march was joyous for it’s united message to both political establishments – come and contribute.
  • Helen Trayhorn
    commented 2016-04-14 00:40:23 +0100
    Is this a masked March?
  • Siddhartha Vader
    commented 2016-04-13 13:34:48 +0100
    What is the difference between this and the other marches that you have organised over the last 5 years? None of them have achieved anything so what’s going to be different here?

    Where is the direct action?

    Where is the civil disobedience?

    Where is the actual resistance?

    All you are doing is offering false hope, delivered by a cult of personality for the benefit of egos and not the people.

    Do you even have a plan for what follows if Cameron were, somehow, to resign? If Boris takes over, what then?

    Why are you still under the illusion the TUC gives a damn?
  • Janet Hackney
    commented 2016-04-13 11:32:48 +0100
    At the moment we need Cameron as he is pro-EU and therefore even though a Tory is someone we (the labour supporters and EU campaigners) need to foster as a huge asset.
    Therefore I don’t support the march as someone who considers it to be extremely important that we remain in the EU as does Scotland
  • Les Batty
    commented 2016-04-12 15:56:54 +0100
    any transport from Salford Greater Manchester organised?
  • Debbie Davis
    commented 2016-03-24 11:15:51 +0000
  • Debbie Davis
    commented 2016-03-24 11:15:31 +0000
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  • Debbie Davis
    commented 2016-03-24 11:13:35 +0000
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  • Toni Gill-DeVito
    commented 2016-03-20 15:00:48 +0000
    Need transportation from Brighton please.
  • Jo Perry
    commented 2016-03-20 11:21:09 +0000
    I really wish I could be there to protest being one of the many disabled people that this will effect. unfortunately due to those disabilities I am currently unable to get to any protest so will be with you in spirit.
  • Ivor Nidea
    commented 2016-03-19 14:34:52 +0000
    This is a great start but we also need to push for the General Strike and protests on July 4th.
  • Gareth Fitzpatrick
    commented 2016-03-18 23:53:11 +0000
    I’m all for the cause but you should really get someone to check for typos and grammatical errors.
  • Rosie Mac
    commented 2016-03-18 17:56:52 +0000
    Strike While The Iron Is Hot!!

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