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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2010

Battle lines are drawn

Join the fight against cuts

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010 , photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010 , photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Anyone opposing cuts must think they've fallen through the rabbit hole to 'Wonderland' if they've been watching the television this week. Pro-cuts propaganda voiced by Con-Dem politicians, ministers and supportive 'experts' is everywhere.

Sean Figg

The BBC served up a textbook case of 'debate rigging' in a series of regional programmes called Spending Review: the Debates. In London the title was 50% accurate. The programme was about the impact of the upcoming spending review, but it certainly was not a debate!

We were treated to an hour of almost exclusively pro-cuts arguments. The presenter asked the carefully hand-picked audience "what should be cut? And what should be saved?" Hang on a minute! So now it is no longer a question of if there should be cuts but how they should be done.

In reality the reason cuts are being made is because the last Labour government, supported by the Conservatives and Lib Dems, used billions of pounds of public money to bail out the banks that had just plunged the economy into the worst recession since the 1930s. But the Wonderland version of events is that we were too greedy, demanding money for wages, benefits and public services.

Participating in the 'debate' we had James Caan, the Dragon's Den millionaire. He supports cuts. We had spokespeople from the Taxpayers' Alliance and the right-wing Reform think-tank. They support cuts. We had Tory and Lib Dem politicians. Maybe with one eye on their electorate they will only support 'fair' cuts. We had renowned economists, the commissioner for Transport for London and the editor of the right-wing Evening Standard. They all told us how we should take our cuts medicine.

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi   (Click to enlarge)

The only dissenting voice present was from the London Health Emergency campaign who pointed out that 6,000 hospital beds across London are being cut in the so-called ring-fenced NHS.

Where were the trade unionists? The London Underground workers had been on strike just two days before to stop the cutting of 800 jobs. All of London was brought to a standstill by thousands of militant workers fighting against cuts. Did the producers not think that they might have something to say about cuts?

It won't work. When the spending review is announced and the cuts really hit home no amount of pro-cuts propaganda will wash. Workers, young people, pensioners and service users will see the brutal reality of this pro-big business government of millionaires. People will see that our living standards are being sacrificed to the benefit of big business and the banks. Our justified anger will turn on the super-rich elite and their politicians who got us into this mess. Our 'propaganda' will be that of organised workers' action as we build a mass movement that can turn back these attacks and stop all cuts.

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In The Socialist 15 September 2010:

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