Britain is Broken - General Election Now
Open Letter from The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
We are living through what, by common consent, is the worst governmental crisis for decades. The prime minister is unable to secure party, let alone, parliamentary support for her Brexit deal and despite the economic and political crisis facing our NHS and public services, manufacturing sector and those facing further attacks on our welfare state, little other business is being discussed in the House of Commons. May’s authority has been destroyed by her own party with more than a third of her own MPs demanding she resigns as leader.
In truth, the government has long since failed to govern. With every day that passes there is more news of record homelessness, growing child and pensioner poverty, near destitution caused by universal credit, falling wages, gaping inequality, and an NHS facing yet another winter crisis.
If these were ‘normal times’ the government would have already realised its fate and been forced on its failed record back to the electorate. But, in defiance of all precedent, Theresa May and her government hang onto office long after they’ve been drained of any real authority or legitimacy.
We do not believe that people in this country should have to endure this spectacle any longer. We cannot sit idly by and simply watch the political establishment fail the people who elected them.
We believe that ordinary working people must now play an active role in resolving this crisis. We cannot remain spectators in the destruction of our own future and we intend to demonstrate our determination to offer a solutions for the Britain the Tories have broken and to demand a general election so that voters can act with a decisiveness which their leaders seem incapable of displaying.
We urge everyone to join us in London on Saturday 12th January to serve notice of a failed party that is paralysed by their own crisis of ideology, the people must stand up, resist and demand they step aside.
Join the demonstration 12.00 Portland Place (Outside the BBC).
March to Trafalgar Square.
Ken Loach, Director
Laura Pidcock, Member of Parliament for North West Durham
Richard Burgon, Shadow Justice Minster
Chris Williamson, Member of Parliament for Derby North
Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union
Steve Turner, Deputy General Secretary, Unite the Union
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Education Union
Dave Ward, General Secretary, Communication Workers Union
Tim Roche, General Secretary, GMB Union
Ian Hodson, General Secretary, The Bakers Union
Dave Green, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT Union
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of The Green Party
Roger Lewis, Disabled People Against the Cuts
Lindsey German, Convener, Stop the War Coalition
John Lansman, Chair, Momentum
Francesca Martinez, Comedian/Actress
John Rees, The People's Assembly Against Austerity
Julie Hesmondlagh, Actress
Laura Parker, National Coordinator, Momentum
Dr. Aislinn Macklin Doherty, National Secretary, Health Campaigns Together
Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, Co-chairs, Stand Up to Racism
Daniel Kebede, National Education Union
This letter appeared in the Daily Mirror on 11/01/2019