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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 November 2010

Angry campaigners discuss Stroud fightback

Thursday 4 November saw the first anti-cuts alliance meeting in Stroud, which followed an anti-BNP public meeting held a few weeks before. Socialist Party members played a leading role in organising both meetings.

Over 70 people from a wide section of the community, including trade unionists, came to hear Green Party councillor Martin Whiteside, ex-Labour MP David Drew, and Chris Moore of the Socialist Party.

A strongly voiced commitment to fight against the cuts was made by Drew.

Councillor Whiteside and other Green Party members agreed that instead of making cuts the council could set a needs budget. This was in response to Socialist Party members raising the history of the 1983-87 Liverpool council that won 60 million of extra funding from central government.

These are good words from the local Green Party, but they must be accompanied by real action.

There was palpable anger at the cuts from many in the room, along with discussion of socialist ideas and militant methods to fight them.

We are now building for the Gloucestershire Anti-Cuts Alliance demonstration on Saturday 20 November, which starts at 10.30am at Gloucester Park.

Tom Faraday Gloucestershire Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 11 November 2010:


Socialist Students

9,000 student fees: we won't pay!

No to 9,000 tuition fees: Fight for your future!

Ireland: Largest student protest in a generation


Anti-cuts campaign

Stop the Con-Dems' slave labour scheme

What the capitalist cuts really mean

National Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference


Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010: An inspirational weekend


Youth

Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students conference

Leeds: Stop the closure of Union Books

Goldsmiths students occupy town hall


Socialist Party editorial

London firefighters' dispute: the fight is not over

Massive anger must be organised into coordinated trade union action


Socialist Party workplace news

London tube strike - picket line reports

BBC staff fight for pensions: picket line reports

Protest at law centre closure

Fight the mail centre cuts


Socialist Party news and analysis

Vendetta continues against Tommy Sheridan, socialist fighter

Angry campaigners discuss Stroud fightback

NHS - workers looking for a fighting lead

Fast news


Socialist Party feature

Attacks on disabled people's rights


International socialist news and analysis

Scotland: potential to build a mass movement against cuts

US elections: Bankruptcy of Democrats leads to spectacular fall


Socialist Party review

Review: Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs


 

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