"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


San Francisco carpenter joins Ian Gibson and Norfolk campaign to resist service cuts

A veteran of the American trades union movement, carpenter John Reimann, will speak at a public meeting hosted by Ian Gibson in Norwich on Monday, 1 November.


The meeting, organised by Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts, is in City Hall council chamber at 7pm. Dr Gibson will chair the meeting. Speakers will include representatives from local workforces facing thousands of job losses if Norfolk County Council’s plan to cut services goes ahead. Norwich City Councillor Alan Waters will also speak.


A torchlit ‘guard of honour’ will welcome the public.


This will be the campaign’s first meeting since Norfolk County Council announced a plan to cut £155 million from its budget, slashing services including support for the elderly, youth services, support for people with disabilities and a host of community resources. These are in addition to government cuts in welfare benefits, such as support for working mothers.


The meeting is expected to endorse a proposal for intensified campaign activities including pressure on local politicians and a march in Norwich in December.


Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts was formed recently to resist cuts in local services while proposing realistic alternatives for tackling government debt. The campaign launched its Alternative Budget at an impressive rally in Norwich recently.


Former Norwich MP, Dr Ian Gibson, said:


“This may be the most important meeting I have ever chaired. Norfolk County Council’s intended cuts in services are a shameful affront to the people of this county. Anyone who cares about the vulnerable and everything precious in our community should join me at this meeting. There are alternatives to the carnage the government is planning and a massive public campaign can stop those plans.”




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