FOA @ScouseSocialis2 , & anybody else: Every trade unionist, anti-cuts campaigner, community activist and all those who want to see an alternative to austerity politicians can become a TUSC candidate. But voters should know that any councillor elected under the TUSC banner will:
(1) Oppose all cuts and closures to council services, jobs, pay and conditions. We reject the claim that 'some cuts' are necessary to our services or that the Covid crisis is a reason for austerity.
(2) Support all workers' struggles against government policies making ordinary people pay for the crisis.

(3) Fight for united working class struggle against racism and all forms of oppression.
(4) Reject council tax, rent and service charge increases for working class people to make up for cuts in central funding, support a redistributive revenue raising system to finance local council services, and demand central government restores the cuts in funding it has imposed.
(5) Use councils' powers to begin a mass building programme of eco-friendly affordable council homes to tackle the housing crisis.
(6) Vote against the privatisation of council jobs and services, or the transfer of existing council services to social enterprises or 'arms-length' management organisations which are the first steps to their privatisation.
(7a) Use all the legal powers available to councils to oppose both the cuts and government policies which centrally impose the transfer of public services to private bodies.
(7b) This includes using councils' powers to refer local NHS decisions, initiate referenda and organise public commissions and consultations in campaigns to defend public services.
(8a) Vote for councils to refuse to implement austerity. We will support councils which in the first instance use their reserves and prudential borrowing powers to avoid making cuts.
(8b) But we argue that the best way to mobilise the mass campaign that is necessary to defend and improve council services is to set a budget that meets the needs of the local community and demand that government funding makes up the shortfall.

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6 Oct
Will the left ever again espouse self determination, as they did in the days of Peter Shore, Michael Foot, and the great Tony Benn?

Or will they forever whine on, about how the neoliberal, neo-colonial, fascist EU needs to save them from themselves? (1/2)
The answer to this question is fundamental to the prospects of there ever again being a Left Government. Because, while the middle class "left" moans about this or that problem with Brexit, the working class are being killed off by the Establishment. (2/3)
Eventually, the working class will probably just ignore all elections, and that will mean Tory hegemony until the end of time. Is that what the middle class really want? Will that allow them a life of easeful comfort?
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OK, listen up, please? 😊 Here follows a thread - please read all of it. (1/11)

You are all aware that I, and others, have been stewarding this:


Petition: Protect the #NHS , Press Pause on the White Paper for Health and Social care:…
So, we got to the 10,000 eventually, which forces a response from the Government.

The response was puerile, facile and lied as well, particularly about the so-called "consultation". 😒

So we pressed on. (2/11)
In the meantime, various other similar campaigns were gathering momentum: (3/11)

Health Secretary Sajid Javid: Protect the NHS: Stop the health and care bill - Sign the Petition! via @UKChange
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Everybody who sees themselves as being left, should be made to reflect on two simple, but intensely germane, facts about the Labour Party.
1.) But it was not to be. Council Labour Groups were strongholds of the right-wing. Out of more than 7,000 Labour councillors only 400 or so had supported Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid. (@TUSCoalition , No Cuts Peoples' Budget)

Cand. ______ Members _ Reg. Sup. _ Aff. Sup. _ Total
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Turnout: 62.6 per cent. 490,731 returned ballots, from 784,181 eligible voters.
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15,543 signatures. 😊 Target for today: 15,600?

@mikecoulson48 @POSH_JOCK @JujuliaGrace @EveryDoctorUK

Petition: Protect the #NHS , Press Pause on the White Paper for Health and Social care:


Our target today is 15,600!!!

HOWEVER - we have already reached that!!!

*must try harder* 15,650??? Well done, my wonderful Fweeps! 🤗👍🏻❤️


Petition: Protect the #NHS , Press Pause on the White Paper for Health and Social care:…
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The Government "response" to the petition "Protect the NHS, Press Pause on the White Paper for Health and Social care".
Those of you who signed this petition - if you did not, please do now - will have received an email in response this morning. To dignify it with a full-on critique would, in my view, be a mistake.
The nature of the response can be gauged by the documents they provide in support. We can, perhaps, spend some time on the ridiculous and insulting market speak - I hesitate to call it language - a little later.
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Smashed it! 11,211 signatures on waking up!!! 😁

Today's target 11,300. 😊😊😊 @mikecoulson48

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