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Email: info@grassrootsleft.org Phone: 07792 966 910 Website: www.grassrootsleft.org
E have seen only a fraction of the cuts to come first plannedby Chancellor George Osbornein 2010
the total is almost£600 billion, and that is without the readjust-ments necessitated by the shrinkage of theeconomy and tax take due to these deflation-ary policies. So far less than 15% has beenimplemented.What are the prospects of the official Labourmovement leading a fightback against thesevicious cuts? Even if Labour wins in 2015 it willcontinue these cuts without let-up. Shadowchancellor Ed Balls told the Guardian,
 public want to know that we are going to beruthless and disciplined in how we go about 
 public spending” 
. And at the Labour Confer-ence,
“we cannot make any commitments
now that the next Labour government will beable to reverse particular tax rises or spending
 And what are the intentions of the trade un-ion and Labour council leaders, surely they willlead a fightback? They have no intention of doing so.At a meeting with about fifty of its Councillors,including Council and Labour group leaders,on 12 November 2010 in Leeds, Unite newlyelected General Secretary Len McCluskey gothis deputy Gail Cartmell to instruct them tocarry out all the cuts by setting legal budgetswhilst hypocritically protesting. Not onebalked at this disgraceful instruction. Not asingle Labour councillor voted against the cutsimposed in April 2011, despite panic and soul-searching in Lambeth and Hackney. There was
no question of setting ‘needs budgets’ to pro-
tect the vulnerable against the cuts. LenMcCluskey made his usual anti-cuts speech at
this year’s TUC but meekly acquiesced to the
cuts agenda at the Labour party conference.Back at the first 500, 000-
strong ‘Grand OldDuke of York’ demo on 26 March 2011, just to
The Third Grand Old Duke of York Demo:
TU leaders must fight for needs budgets!
Enough of the bogus “protecting frontline services”,“caring cuts”, “dented shields” and “cuts too far
too fast”!
The disgraceful Miliband slogan which Len
McCluskey had Unite’s stewards sporting ontheir hi viz vests on the first 500, 000 ‘GrandOld Duke of York’ demo on 26 March 2011.

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