"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

Cut The Crap-Not Our Services!


Once again we’re under attack. The ‘con-dems’ have taken a firm grip of the axe and started swinging. The Comprehensive Spending Revue has laid out what’s going from where, but it seems like we won’t really know what this means in real terms until we experience it first hand.

The communication from the government and the left has been predictably alienating. Labour said that they would have done the same, confirmation that the cuts are an ideological imposition by the rich onto the poor. So-called ‘revolutionary organisations’ and all their splinters, subsidiaries, fronts and marginal opposition parties have been bombarding us with figures for Trident and Afghanistan as if cuts here are in any way a feasible goal. The cuts themselves, coupled with the failure of the mass demonstration have shown us that we have no control over policy decisions, so why focus on something we can’t hope to change right now?

What we must take from this is that we now know what we’re up against. It’s time to engage, shape our strategy and let people know without tarting it up with ideological what ifs or academic over analysis, what this means to them and how to fight back. Already a high-street chain has been occupied across the nation as the government happily writes off billions in fiddled taxes.

So to the estates, social centres and pubs to build a resistance with and around the people who will be hardest pushed to deal with the effects. Start a strike fund and prepare centres for the newly unemployed and the potentially de-homed, ‘grab a half-brick and a spray can’. It’s time for action. Stay on the offensive!

Stan Cullen Grant

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