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Catalyst at Weston Favel

Members of Northampton Solfed spent some of their Saturday morning handing out copies of Catalyst at the Weston Favel Shopping Centre, until security staff moved them on.  (Yet again we find that 'public' places are no such thing.)

More distribution is planned for next Saturday.  Any one interested in helping out, or who would like some copies to distribute in their own area should contact us.

Against the Cuts in Northampton

Northampton Solidarity Federation joined the small protest in Northampton town centre today against the budget cuts.  The protest was centred on the uk uncut protest and focussed on the contradiction between cutting welfare and services on the one hand whilst allowing the rich, and large businesses to avoid, legally and illegally, billions in pounds of taxation.

This discrepancy lies at the very heart of our economic system and the politics which go with it.  When push comes to shove we see that all works for the benefit of the rich and the workers pay the cost.  Welfare is cut: are tax avoiders chased,  are tax loopholes closed?  Bankers crash the economy with their greed for bonuses, are they chased down and held to account?  Of course not: that's not how the capitalist system work:, run by the rich for the rich.

 

What students should realise

According to the Independent, Aaron Porter, NUS president is reported  to have said "Despite repeated dismissals by Nick Clegg that these are uninformed protesters, students are intelligent, articulate people who are not being listened to by those in whom they placed their hope for a different politics."

But we say...

What the students... should learn is that if they really want a new politics, they need to look further than voting Lib Dem, a party which, unsurprisingly, has demonstrated that it is, when all is said and done, just more of the same old.

The need to look to a truly new politics: not the capitalist joke of a 'democratic' system we live under now.

The extent of Cuts in Northampton

£68 million in cuts this year, £25 million next year, £136 million over 4 years.

Plans to cut 50,000 jobs are being discussed. Not only will this mean 50,000 people with no jobs, it will also most certainly hit front line services: the council says that only 4% of it's budget goes on back office services.

"When the county council faced its last major round of cuts and changes to services in 2006, hundreds of people took to the streets of Northampton to oppose the changes and the chief executive said he would not rule out such scenes being repeated when this year’s budget is announced next month."

The budget will be announced on 14th December.

Info from this Chronicle and Echo article.

Joint Meeting About the Cuts

On Monday 29th November a meeting has been arranged by the Socialist Party and the Green Party to discuss the cuts.  People of an anarchist persuasion might wish to attend...

Venue:  the Bat and Wickets, NN1 3RR

Time:  7:30 - 10:30pm

Against the Cuts

On 23rd October 2010 members of Northampton Solidarity Federation joined the anti cuts march to demand an end to the cuts being imposed on the working class in the 'austerity budget' - the greatest attack on the working class in decades.

We join the fight against the cuts now because they will bring immediate and real hardship and suffering to working people.

But the answer does not really lie in a readjustment of the government's budget.

The real answer lies in a fundamental change in the way we organise our society and economy.

The fight over cuts is symptomatic of the fight between the wealthy, the capitalists, and the workers.

It concerns how the wealth generated in society is distributed: but a slight shift one way or the other is not enough.

Northampton Solfed visits Milton Keynes: and gets some backs up!

Members of Northampton Solfed set up a stall outside the MK shopping centre today with the aim of handing out 'Stuff Your Boss' and Catalyst, as well as a talking to passers by.

Within just 5 minutes of setting up the shopping centre security turned up to inform us that we were not allowed to be in this open and public space as it was, apparently, Private Property.  Eventually, we attracted the attention of two security guards, the centre manager and a Police Community Support Officer and were facing threats of having the police called to move us on.

Despite this attention, information was handed out to many, and conversations were had.

And it only rained on us briefly!

Radical Workers' Block: Against the Cuts!

On Saturday 23rd October 2010 a number of trade unions have called for a march in London to lobby the TUC to fight the cuts. This is the same day as the annual London Anarchist Bookfair and a day when a large number of anarchists are in the city. We are calling on all anarchists and militant workers to join us in forming a 'Radical Worker's Bloc' on the demonstration, not to beg the trade union bureaucrats to take action, but to argue that we fight the cuts based on the principles of solidarity, direct action, and control of our own struggles.

As the anti-war movement has shown, protest alone won't change anything. The government have already said that they will not be swayed by protests. Instead, we need a widespread fightback based in the workplace as well as the streets that acts in solidarity with fellow workers fighting these austerity measures all over the world.

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