Reject cuts: French Socialists to Hollande

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The following letter urging a rejection of austerity was sent to French President Francois Hollande by members of the French Socialist Party on Sunday 30th March, following the party’s poor results in local elections. The call for public investment, a lift in the minimum wage and end to pay freezes is a Europe-wide message. Mr. President, The defeat is heavy. Its scope, its impact across the country, despite the good work of local elected officials, demonstrates that left-wing voters wanted to punish political choices since the beginning of [Francois Hollande’s] Presidential term. Tonight it is all the left which is penalized. But more than our green or communist allies, it is the socialist candidates who have suffered the toughest repudiation in the polls. The Government cannot remain deaf to the message of the voters. Nothing would be worse than to relativise the seriousness of defeat. Nothing could be more dangerous than to err in analyzing the causes. The problem is not “methodological”, it is political. The central issue is not about competence, it is a rejection of austerity. It is not about ‘sending left-wing signals’ to our electorate. We must change course. Mr. President, You made a ‘socially-just recovery’ the […]

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200 activists attend Labour Assembly

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Labour Assembly Against Austerity saw over 200 party activists come together to discuss the cost of living crisis being caused by coalition austerity and the need for Labour to present an inspiring alternative vision that will win the 2015 election and then go on to change people’s lives for the better. With activists attending from around the country, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow, it is clear that opposition to austerity is widespread. Owen Jones kicked off the Labour Assembly saying polls show a majority want radical policies to defend living standards. He set the tone when he stated those who oppose the Tories ideological attack on the public sector are are the moderate and the mainstream against the “extremists of austerity’. Steve Turner from Unite said that to win back labour’s 5 million lost votes the key issue is policies that deliver for the majority. John McDonnell MP talked about the real human impact of privatisation, bringing down living standards, through increased prices increasing beyond individuals ability to pay. Katy Clark MP emphasised the link between austerity and the cost of living crisis and said defence of living standards needs Labour to offer an economic alternative. In the ‘Keep Our Services Public’ session, […]

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Hello world!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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