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.
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.
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."
£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.
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.
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.
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.