I went to the beginning of the BETTER BARNET event last Sunday and went off when the Labour refused to make a pledge not to make a WORSE BARNET. If all the mainstream parties join forces against us, what can we do? What is the point of a labour party if it won't fight for us and with us? What is left of the idea of representative democracy if no one will represent you?
If you can't promise not to implement yet more cuts then how can you even talk about making a "better Barnet"?
This is what I wrote to a fellow BAPS [Barnet Alliance for Public services]nmember about this issue:
The Barnet labour Group, at their BETTER BARNET show last Sunday, were invited to promise at least not to create a WORSE BARNET by imposing more cuts on public services. They would not do so. Think about it. what does that mean?
Let's spell it out: it means that the numbers of homeless would grow, mentally and physically disabled people, the elderly and infirm and all their carers, nursery age children, school children, students would have to go on paying with their very lives more and more for the crimes of the rich and irresponsible. The poorest tenants would be thrown out of their homes and transported. People would still have to go to work for less pay than "the amount the law says you need to live on.." to use government jargon etc. etc. - as things get worse and worse this will mean a period of unprecedented misery and injustice - under Labour, the Tories, the Liberals or [let's face it] even the Greens.
Council Tax from those who can least afford to pay it." 3. WORK OUT A POLICY TO FIND THE FUNDS e.g. by leasing gas, electricity, phone, broadband as a step towards taking profitable public services back into public ownership.
On your comments paper I wrote:
IF YOU WANT A BETTER BARNET AT LEAST DON'T MAKE THINGS WORSE
1. PLEDGE NOW: NO FURTHER CUTS IN PUBLIC SERVICES
2. SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE MAKING TORY CUTS UNENFORCEABLE.
The cabinet's own report Dec 17th admits their policy "may over time develop into a culture of non-payment, where it becomes increasingly difficult and costly to recover small amounts of
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