An evening of discussion and workshops to launch the Shropshire People's Assembly Against Austerity in Shrewsbury
Chair: William Edmondson (Shropshire Fights Back), Mark Rylands (Bishop of Shrewsbury), Jackie Jeffrey (Shropshire CAB), Bill Greenshields (People’s Charter TU Officer), Alan James (Shropshire Unison Branch Secretary), Brett Davis (President Shropshire Trades Council), Will Duckworth (Deputy Leader of the Green Party), John Turnbull (Shrewsbury Labour Parliamentary candidate)
Special Guest: Stephen Morrison-Burke, Birmingham poet laureate
DISABILITIES / ATOS / BEDROOM TAX/ DEBT / TAX JUSTICE/ NHS / BENEFITS CUTS/ LGBT / DAYCENTRES
We face a choice that will shape our society for decades to come. It is a choice faced by ordinary people in every part of the globe.
We can defend education, health and welfare provision funded from general taxation and available to all, or we can surrender the gains that have improved the lives of millions of people over more than 50 years.
We do not accept that government’s austerity programme is necessary.
The banks and the major corporations should be taxed at a rate which can provide the necessary resources.
Austerity does not work: it is a failure in its own terms resulting in neither deficit reduction nor growth.
It is not just: the government takes money from the pockets of those who did not cause the crisis and rewards those who did.
It is immoral: our children face a bleaker future if our services and living standards are devastated.
It is undemocratic: at the last election a majority voted against the return of a Tory government. The Con-Dem coalition has delivered us into the grip of the Tories whose political project is the destruction of a universal welfare state.
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