The Corbyn effect: How apathy became hope – by Steve Turner of Unite

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Recently Tony Blair professed bafflement at the rise — on both sides of the Atlantic — of popular movements by people who in Blair’s view choose to “rattle the cage”. I think this is a mischaracterisation. Those who have been energised into supporting Sanders, Corbyn and movements such as Podemos and Syriza want to break the cage, ending the failed policies that continue to dominate and distort so much of our national discourse. What these movements represent is a desire and hope for something better. I don’t think that is baffling at all. In two weeks the Budget will see another repeat of the regular farce of Chancellor George Osborne announcing old targets missed (again), new targets no-one expects to be met and earnings growth forecasts that will fail to materialise. There will be a series of promises in his speech that will make headlines and prove to be empty, claiming a “march of the makers,” that the economy will be rebalanced and there will be higher wages. The reality is that manufacturing output is significantly lower now than in 2008. Jobs are being sucked into London, where employment is nearly 12 per cent higher than it was in 2010. […]

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Pre-Budget Rally: Better Off With Labour

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Better Off With Labour – the Alternative to Osborne’s Cuts 7pm, Wednesday, 9th March 2016 House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA >> Register for free on eventbrite Speakers: John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, Diane Abbott MP, Shadow International Development Secretary, Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Women Helen Goodman MP, Treasury Select Committee Maya Goodfellow, writer for ‘The Independent’ & ‘LabourList,’ Shelly Asquith, Vice-President (Welfare,) NUS, Steve Turner, Unite the Union & People’s Assembly Against Austerity. >> Register for free on eventbrite On the evening of March 9th, the Labour Assembly Against Austerity will host our annual pre-budget meeting, analysing the current situation regarding austerity, and seeking to build support for both the People’s Assembly Against Austerity Movement (including its April 16 National March for Health, Homes, Jobs & Education) and support for Labour’s alternatives to austerity. >> Join the event on facebook

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Austerity: The Election Briefing

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Austerity: The Election Briefing With the launch of party manifestos and the TV Leaders debate, the Tories, Liberal Democrats and UKIP have promoted a number of myths about austerity which should be dispelled. In this short simple election briefing, we take on three of the key myths which may appear on the doorstep. Download a copy and share with your friends.   Myth 1 “Labour’s excessive public spending wrecked the British economy.” Reality Labour didn’t spend enough. For most of Labour’s time in office (1997-2010) the share of the economy taken up by both government spending and taxes was lower than under Thatcher. The recession was kicked off by a private sector financial crisis – beginning with banks in the US and spreading to Britain via its banks, which were then bailed out with huge public funds. The collapse in private sector investment was the main cause of the recession and remains the main cause of current stagnation. Increases in government spending and investment are still necessary to kick start a real economic recovery. Government spending only went up after the financial crisis, firstly on the bail outs and subsequently as tax revenues fell and unemployment and poverty rose, welfare payments […]

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