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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 July 2011
Labour takes axe to Sure Start in Liverpool
Fred Dobie, Liverpool
On 14 July I attended a meeting of Liverpool city council's Education & Children's Services select committee which was discussing the closures of Sure Start centres in four areas of the city.
With a symphony of wringing hands, councillors peddled the word "heartbroken" as we sat ankle deep in crocodile tears. Heartfelt pleas from parents, users and staff in the public gallery underlined the excellence of the centres and their importance to both the areas they serve and the local economy.
There were also robust contributions pointing out the economic idiocy of training staff to be top of their game only to see them sucked into the private sector as cheap labour. Labour councillors were reminded, to applause and cheers from the public, that they were not elected to make cuts.
The collected evidence will now be scrutinised by the committee.
But, in a very telling development, a resolution was passed by our elected representatives, not condemning cuts outright as we might expect, but asking the Con-Dem government for four years in which to implement the cuts rather than two - a clear indication that Labour are willing to be axe wielders in the butchery!
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In The Socialist 20 July 2011:
News International scandal
Force Cameron out!
Get rid of Cameron, Murdoch and all they represent
Socialist Party news and analysis
Capitalism stuck in a blind alley
Anti-cuts news and campaigning
'No cuts' budgets or 'parallel' budgets?
Legal Aid Bill - Access to justice is under attack
Immigration Advice closure shows need for industrial struggle
Stop Swansea coastguard closure
Southampton council workers' struggle continues despite imposition of new contracts
Labour takes axe to Sure Start in Liverpool
Privatisation and cuts undermine the NHS
A day in the life of a student nurse: Overworked - but happy to help
Socialist Party workplace news
Bromley Unison reps resign in protest at union's disgraceful actions
South Yorkshire journalists start all-out strike
Strike solid at BBC Leeds office
Renationalise Bombardier to save jobs
London NSSN meeting - 'real debate' on preparing for coordinated action
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Defending state education - Brighton academy victory
TUSC: Building an electoral challenge to Con-Dem and Labour cuts
Tolpuddle says: 'step up the action'
The Work Programme: is it only chasing people off benefits?
International socialist news and analysis
South Africa: Massive metal workers' strike
Selling the Socialist
Throw away the Murdoch rags!
Socialist Party review
Music review - "This place is coming like a ghost town..."
The Socialist 20 July 2011 |
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