The petition is now well over 1000 and growing, but more names are needed. Add your name here;
A question was asked at the Council meeting on Tuesday, and answered by cabinet member John Cotton;
The video can be seen here,
The only answer seems to be that the NHS might be able to pick up this service. Never mind the government-induced cash shortage in the NHS and never mind the lack of acknowledgement of the appalling nature of this cut, the tactic throughout most of the questions asked, and there were several others on the libraries, was to blame the government. This is of course disingenuous. There is no commitment from Labour to repeal the cuts if elected to office, there is no big public campaign against the current cuts and there is of course no intention of challenging cuts budgets in the Birmingham City Council chamber.
We all know the reason; Miliband and Balls intend carrying on with their own version of austerity if elected next May. Isn’t it time they acknowledged that austerity has failed, is failing and will fail, quite apart from the huge injustices that it is still creating?
Keep telling yourself that we are not moving ever closer towards a police state.
The sixth issue of Birmingham’s Slaney Street is now out! This issue features the crisis surrounding the city council, with articles on the new Library of Birmingham, community libraries, children’s social care and the threat to care workers’ pensions. Other articles cover; the local health service, an inspiring struggle for social housing in London, opposing Islamophobia, fighting gender violence, stopping racism in football, and a fair bit more. For example, there is an article critical of Russell Brand, (and he has been offered a right of reply)
The theme of the editorial is to RECLAIM OUR CITY! It calls for an alternative future for Birmingham, compared to the miserable, austere one that is on offer at the moment. The front page photo shows the real, bombed-out Slaney Street during the 2nd world war, but makes the point that the spirit of this street, where trades unionism began in the city two hundred years ago, needs to be re-captured.
It is certainly a very different read to the mainstream local press, but for it to blossom and grow, it needs more people to write for it, distribute it and help with its production. To that end, its third conference will be held on Tuesday January 20th, and people are invited to put this date in their diary.
10,000 copies of the last issue were distributed, and groups that would like an advert within its pages should get in contact regarding the next issue in the new year.
Why not take some copies for your organisation/group/friends? Remember, it is FREE!