a letter to The Commune by Bill Butlin
The impending public expenditure cuts look like being a key issue for trade unionists at the next general election. The Labour Party and the Tories both maintain that cuts are unavoidable and that no alternative exists to their implementation.
In an interview with Andrew Marr at the beginning of January the Tory leader was gung ho on this issue. He maintained that the cuts identified as necessary by New Labour were not stringent enough. Clearly any pretence by Cameron that he represents the acceptable One Nation face of the Conservative Party, and one that has left Thatcherism behind, is challenged by this professed policy objective. An objective that will not only see public expenditure cuts but further privatisations and a parallel attack on public sector trade unionism. Continue reading “time to vote labour?”