Soon there will be war. Millions will burn. Millions will perish in sickness and misery. Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.
- Rorschach, Watchmen
A few days ago, we were contacted by The Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance, whose agenda is fairly self-explanatory. Here's the correspondence:
The Lewisham Anti Cuts Alliance is just getting starting and it needs as many people as possible to be involved to make it as broad and strong as possible (and not just the usual suspects - including me!)
I'm certainly not in favour of all the measures proposed thus far, but bearing in mind that we know national funding is being cut and Lewisham Council Tax rates are already relatively high compared with many other London boroughs, please could you explain what level (if any) of cuts you think is appropriate and where you think those cuts should come, if at all.
Lewisham Anti Cuts Alliance believe that cuts to public services and jobs are not necesary. The deficit that so many politicians (disgracefully including many in the Labour party) seem to think justifies these ideologically motivated cuts is moderate by historical standards and is easily manageable. The government should start by actually collecting the approximately £40bn in unpaid taxes or taxing the companies and people that are still making huge profits and bonuses, even despite the financial crisis and recession that their actions caused. Corporate tax before the election was 28% on profits above £1.5m, compared to the 32.8% G7 average. The new government is planning on lowering it to 24%, (indicating that we are really not 'all in this together')
So there we have it.
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