The Socialist

The Socialist 19 January 2022

Toxic Tories must go

The Socialist issue 1163

Tories on the ropes


Want to fight austerity?

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

News in brief


Murder of Ashling Murphy sends shocks waves across Ireland and beyond

Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel

US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper

Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party


Why are things the way they are?


Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism


Theatre: Yes Yes UCS


Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike

S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"

Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

Coventry bin strike continues

Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West

Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload

Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Somers Forge workers continue pay strike

Workplace news in brief


NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction

Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice

Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties

Pauline Wall memorial meeting

 
 
 
 
 

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Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Birmingham Socialist Party campaigning

Birmingham Socialist Party campaigning   (Click to enlarge)

Clive Walder, Birmingham South West Socialist Party

Birmingham City Council traditionally holds public consultations on its annual budget, but for 2022 it has decided to change the format. Gone are the public meetings where ordinary people can actually challenge councillors.

Instead, they are to be replaced by a computer game that will allow the player to increase council tax by 5% and then divide up the remaining budget between the various services. Strangely, there is no option to set a needs budget using reserves and borrowing, or campaigning for the return of funds stolen by central government.

The council leader says that they have introduced this game so that taxpayers can see how difficult it is for the council to prioritise services against its income.

But the real reason for this change is that the old-style public consultations were dominated by people opposed to cuts, and often workers or service users who would be affected.

The council has said that it will consider suggestions from the public. But its track record has been to ignore anyone who opposes cuts.

This stunt is a cynical waste of money aimed at telling council taxpayers that there is no alternative to austerity. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be standing candidates in the local elections in May to fight the cuts by the council and the government. We won't fool the public into believing that there are no legal alternatives to austerity.


In this issue


What we think

Tories on the ropes


News

Want to fight austerity?

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

News in brief


International news

Murder of Ashling Murphy sends shocks waves across Ireland and beyond

Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel

US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper

Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Public services

Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party


Marxist classics

Why are things the way they are?


Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism


Theatre

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS


Workplace news

Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike

S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"

Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

Coventry bin strike continues

Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West

Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload

Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Somers Forge workers continue pay strike

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns

NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction

Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice

Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties

Pauline Wall memorial meeting


 

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