Many agreed that the Government’s Autumn Budget was an advert for a system that isn’t working for the majority. Pay is now lower for most people than it was in 2010 and wages are now falling again. The deficit was due to be eradicated by 2015, then 2016, then 2017, then 2020 and now 2025. They’re missing their major targets but the failed and damaging policy of austerity remains. If only they had listened to Labour when we said invest in Housing, Jobs, Health and Education while interest rates were low!
As socialists we are happy to share our solutions. Build Council Houses to move people out of the extortionate private renting sector and stop benefits filling the pockets of landlords. Nationalise the Railway, Buses and Utility companies so these vital services are run for people not profit. Likewise, halt the privatisation of Health, Social Care and Education.
It was also White Ribbon Day where men take the pledge never to commit, excuse and be silent about Violence Against Women. We sold many ribbons, raising much-needed funds for refuges that help victims of domestic abuse but are also facing large cuts.