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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2011

Labour MP fails to answer questions on cuts

A Haringey Socialist Party member

At a trades council and University and College Union (UCU) meeting in Haringey, north London, attended by around 30 people, Labour MP David Lammy was billed as one of the speakers.

In the speeches from the top table, only Oktay Shabaz, from Turkish/Kurdish group Day-Mer, pointed out that attacks on public services, including education, took place under the last Labour government.

When Lammy spoke, he concentrated on Tory attacks on the welfare state, and also emphasised his support for UCU's campaign against cuts at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL). He made no comment on Haringey Labour council's cuts to local services.

From the floor, a Socialist Party member explained that Haringey council plans 81 million cuts over three years. He asked Lammy: whether he thought it was acceptable that the low-paid of Haringey should pay for the bankers' crisis; would he be supporting the strikes on 30 June; if Labour were now in government would it pledge not to attack pensions; and would he oppose any such attacks by a Labour government.

In the replies from the top table, Jenny Sutton, Socialist Workers Party and UCU member, said she had had differences with Lammy in the past, and she had stood against him in last year's general election. But now, 'while we are fighting the Con-Dem government's cuts we should work together'!

Lammy said we should aim to remove this government. But, he continued, in the 20th century the left was in power for only 22 years. When we know the enemy we should stand together. There's a debate to be had on the balance between cuts and tax increases, he argued. At a time when we need to be defending the young, the disabled, the vulnerable, the blind, he said he would stand at the front of the campaign. He said there are discussions on tactics taking place in the Labour Party - in politics you have to duck and dive.

He did not answer one of the questions. Nor did he commit himself to attending the Haringey Alliance for Public Services demo on 25 June.

The Socialist Party will work with anyone who opposes all cuts - both in words and action. Sowing illusions in Blairite MPs like David Lammy does not help in fighting those cuts.

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In The Socialist 22 June 2011:


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As the cuts bite, millions ask: 'Does it have to be like this?'


Building for 30th June

Con-Dems' pension attack - brutal class warfare must be fought

POA to hold protest meetings

Busting the public sector pensions myths!

Staffordshire NSSN builds support for 30 June action

Hillingdon workers back the pensions strike


Socialist Party workplace news

Strike action to defend Royal Mail jobs

Leeds Unison urges members to reject council's final offer

Coleg Morgannwg: Victory over victimisation

Barnsley lecturers fight job cuts

Unison conferences discuss action on pensions

Workplace news in brief


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Housing crisis

Con-Dems still plan to destroy NHS - Save our health service!

News in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Greece's debt crisis threatens worldwide banking system


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Southern Cross bosses demand huge cuts in pay and conditions


Reviews and comments

Sri Lanka's killing fields

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Fighting the cuts

Southampton: strikes set to continue

200 workers challenge Labour council cuts

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Education

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Keep Tidemill in public hands

Spreading to primaries?


 

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