Campaigners called for a public backlash to rival the poll tax riots to fight cuts in public spending.A whole 60 people! Wow!
About 60 people attended the Colchester Against the Cuts meeting to oppose cuts in public services.
Today, Colchester, tomorrow, the world!
Guest speaker Paul Brandon, chairman of the Right to Work campaign…said: “In the next few months, there will be a loss of 400,000 jobs in the public sector.With 60 people, just what do you plan to occupy, even if all 60 really do turn up on the day?
“We are being asked to pay for something that’s not our fault. The key question is, what are we going to do about it?
“We need to carry on marching and demonstrating. That will involve strikes, direct action and occupation.”
You need more troops. And right on cue:
Members of the National Union of Students are set to demonstrate at Essex Univeristy (sic) on Thursday, February 24, the day universities are expected to raise tuition fees, possibly up to £9,000. A march through the town from the war memorial is planned for noon on Saturday, March 5.Most people have better things to do on a Saturday than march with a bunch of public-sector parasites and students.
Bob Russell, Colchester’s MP, criticised the campaigners’ approach. He said: “This is not the way to go about this in a democratic society. I don’t know of any authority with any political make-up that likes making cuts.Yes, but then, anyone with a family budget who finds things are getting a bit tight cuts down on the luxuries.
“As anybody with a family budget will know, if the money isn’t there, it isn’t there.”
Councils, however, go right on employing five-a-day co-ordinators and anti-smoking community advisers. Because it’s not their money in the first place….