Fight Racism With Unity Against Cuts
19th October 2013
Swansea’s Labour Council will make £45 million of cuts to services and jobs over the next 3 years. The Council’s consulting the people of Swansea on what services to cut. This massive programme of cuts is called 'Sustainable Swansea’.
Today, Socialist Party members arrived in Swansea City Centre to petition and fight back against these crippling cuts BUT found The National Front, on the streets of Swansea with flags and banners spreading hatred and intolerance as well as their own special brand of stupidity - "it's not Tory cuts and a chaotic capitalist system that is the cause of unemployment and the attacks on the working class .. it's immigration".
We took the NF head on. We set up our stall on their pitch - campaigning against cuts and racism. We opposed the divisiveness of racism with unity in fighting cuts. We explained to passers-by that the answer to defending jobs and services is to unite working class people. We all face massive attacks on our living standards; we all use the same services which are being cut to the bone. Cuts hurt us all regardless of race, culture or religion. It's the 1% who are to blame, the super-rich, the multinationals and the corrupt banking system, profits put above the needs of people. Joined by other left and anti-fascist groups, we campaigned, petitioned, explained and won support from young and old for our position of no tolerance to the NF and no tolerance to a Labour council passing on Tory cuts.
Racism and prejudice feeds off misery and the cuts being implemented by the Council will certainly lead to lots of misery for working class people in Swansea. The Labour council should be fighting back and not accepting Tory cuts. They pass them on, accepting that once again the most vulnerable will bear the brunt of spending cuts to essential services in Swansea. It is because they don't offer a lead, because they accept these spending cuts almost without challenge, that groups like the NF feel they are welcome to campaign in the city centre. Well they’re not!
So join us in a united fight against all cuts.
Swansea Socialist Party Branch Secretary