Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/195/8116

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 March 2001

Cough Up The Cash Gordon

GORDON BROWN'S election war chest is overflowing. He's got a budget surplus of at least 18.9 billion to add to the 22.5 billion from the auction of mobile phone licences.

42 billion is the equivalent of 1,000 for every household. It's almost equal to the total annual budget for education and just 12 billion less than total spending on the NHS.

We've heard that Gordon's having trouble spending this embarrassment of riches. So we thought we'd give him a few suggestions.

Flo Allen, pensioner

"All I want to say to Gordon Brown is when are you going to restore the link with earnings for pensioners. Money does not have to go on shells to bomb people. You seem to have money to kill people but do not give any money to keep people alive."

Linda Taaffe, teacher

"He could start by increasing every teacher's wage by 2,000 a year with no strings attached. There's a chronic teaching shortage - at least 1,000 unfilled vacancies in London alone. The only way we can even begin to tackle these shortages and their effect on children's education is by paying teachers a decent wage."

Mick Griffiths, health worker

"In 1998 my union UNISON quoted the Family Budget Unit, saying that the minimum pay rate needed to avoid poverty was between 5.40 and 6.96 an hour. As a hospital porter on 5.10 an hour, how does Gordon Brown expect me to meet the family household bills?

"Instead of giving more tax breaks to benefit the rich, he should be increasing the minimum wage to at least 7 an hour. Anything less than that is leaving me and my union members in poverty".

As Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist says:

"Schools, hospitals and transport are desperate for more investment. The government has got all these billions in the bank but they say they can't spend it because the economy will 'overheat'. This just underlines what a crazy system capitalism is and why people should join our party and fight for socialism".

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 2 March 2001:

Cough Up The Cash Gordon

HANDS OFF JOBS AND SERVICES

Plain sailing for Blair?

Foot and mouth disease: another crisis for agribusiness

Victory for term-time workers

The decline of Britain's manufacturing industry

Preston councillor joins Socialist Party

Militancy and solidarity can win


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 March 2001   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Gordon Brown:

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

triangleEd Balls: 'Speaking Out' for capitalism

triangleMajority support migrants staying - fight hate crime

Budget:

triangleTory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

triangleSocialist Students day of action demands free education

triangleMake the Tories history

triangleSocialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

Family:

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

trianglePostie paper sale

Education:

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

6/12/17

Kirklees

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2