June Demo Flyer: End Austerity Now

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  • Gelert Davies
    commented 2015-06-11 10:40:19 +0100
    This march will generate no discussion if we just campaign on the banner of ending austerity. it’s too broad a term, many people worst affected by it don’t even know what it means and it’s very easy for the media to dismiss. But the People’s assembly has some great and controversial policies – like rent controls and publicly owned banks. I’m a journalist and TV producer and I know that if 100,000 people march through London with banners saying “Make banks publicly owned” and “we demand rent controls” that will get talked about. Those are policy points that the media can debate and get their teeth into. Now, obviously the mainstream will trash them, but the point will get out and many people will think “why isn’t that a good idea.” Also, pictures of 100K people with banners saying “rent controls now” – in the city whose property is the reserve currency of the world – will reverberate around the world and maybe make some people think twice about investing their pension money in UK property. So please, please please please for the sake of all of us, don’t print 100K banners saying “end Austerity now” print 100K banners saying “Publicly owned banks now” and “rent controls for all”. This Novara FM episode has more on it: http://novaramedia.com/2014/06/what-happened-to-the-anti-austerity-movement/
  • Jo Park
    commented 2015-03-22 17:28:24 +0000
    Before government spending austerity can be ended, it first must have occurred.

    Adjusted for inflation the best ever year for UK tax receipts was 07/08. The UK government has been spending more than the amount received in that BEST ever year for over 11 years now. Spending more than you’ve ever had in your best ever year is not austerity. Aha, you may say, but public sector net investment is low. In 07/08 PSNI it was 2.1% of national income. No-one ever said that was an austere proportion back then. But PSNI was above 2.1% of national income in the years 2010-2013, and some people say that was an austere percentage.

    People need to get real. The government has a severe spending problem, and needs to get it in order, in particular cutting those spending programmes that benefit the rich.

    But make no mistake, in terms of the amount the government has been (over)spending for the last 5 years, there has been no austerity. It is unrealistic to campaign for an end to something that doesn’t exist.

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