"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

NCAG and Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts

On Monday night members of Norfolk Community Action Group attended a steering committee meeting of the Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts where we were quite literally ‘vetted’ on our suitability to join.

While some of our members and supporters are annoyed that we even attended the meeting and had to justify our class struggle politics against much of the lefts obsessive ‘identity politics’, and local trade unions almost universal lack of support for the Tomlinson Family Campaign, having met and spoken to the members who were there, we found them amiable and courteous enough to admit that no other group had to go through the same process to sign up, and believe them to be people we can work with.

Whether this coalition goes the same way as many others in the last 25 years due to ‘stacking’ by one particular group we must wait and see but feel there are potentially enough decent minded trade unionists there to recognise when this is happening.

It is imperative that the upcoming struggles against public service cuts and the potential decimation of the welfare state are fought on as much of a united front as we can possibly achieve.

For this reason we have affiliated with the Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts and ask all to respect the organisations aims and principles which are as follows…

We seek to build broad based alliances in the major communities of Norfolk involving all trade unions representing members in the public sector, Trades Councils, campaigning, community and welfare groups, school councils and other organisations representing young people

We seek to form a Steering Group with representatives from all of the above to take forward the campaign

Priority task to build support for a credible alternative to the Coalition Government’s policy of public spending cuts

We agree a core Statement of Aims that we ask other Trade Unions and organisations to add to and support

We seek to promote a positive image of Public Services and Public Service workers to counter the negative propaganda of the Government and its supporters in the media

We seek to hold a series of meetings in identified communities in Norfolk to build the Alliance

We seek to develop practical and meaningful solidarity to support campaigns and actions in opposition to the cuts in our communities

We welcome the support of any political organisations and politicians that are prepared to oppose (in words and deeds) cuts in public spending

That we develop a Communications and Media strategy to promote our ideas

Commitment to universal public services for all regardless of ability to pay without discrimination

Recognition of the crucial social and economic value of Public Services and public sector jobs to the communities of Norfolk

Opposition to all public spending cuts

Effective action to close the Tax Gap and ensure the wealthiest in society pay their fair share of taxes

Commitment to maintenance of ‘Face-to-face’ and local services

Opposition to job cuts, service delivery cuts and closures

Opposition to privatisation or outsourcing of public services

Opposition to cuts in Welfare benefits

Opposition to the scapegoating of minorities for unemployment and strains on services.


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