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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 March 2007
Barking BNP don't oppose council cuts
AROUND THE country, angry protesters are storming council chambers and socialist councillors are voting against cuts. In contrast, the far-right BNP in Barking and Dagenham in east London have openly said that they do not oppose cuts.
They walked out of the budget-deciding council meeting on the grounds that they had not been given enough time to put forward an alternative budget, and that they didn't understand "the budget workings" without help.
But this incompetence is not the most significant thing about their statement. Their leader Richard Barnbrook said they walked out rather than "rubber stamp" the budget - overlooking the option of voting against it.
He then went on to explain: "we needed to know the budget workings before we started suggesting cuts and savings".
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In The Socialist 15 March 2007:
£billions for rich... Pennies for us!
Minimum wage insult
Socialist Party NHS campaign
UNISON Health group votes for summer demo
Hewitt's 'day of exchange'
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fighting the cuts in Camden
Lambeth council attacks services for vulnerable people
Barking BNP don't oppose council cuts
Lewisham council's outrageous attack
Kurdish asylum seekers living in fear
Northern Ireland and Scotland
Northern Ireland Assembly elections: Another sectarian headcount...
We Won't Pay Campaign conference success
Solidarity builds party profile ahead of elections
Marxist analysis: history
February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?
International socialist news and analysis
US continues threats over Iran's nuclear ambitions
Iraq war: Convicted Bush official is 'fall guy' over WMD scandal
International Women's Day
Celebrating International Women's Day
Tenants vote no to council housing sell-off
Market-driven 'social housing' threatens tenants
Environment and socialism
Will government plans stop climate change?
Build the campaign to defeat fees
International Socialist Resistance (ISR) and Socialist Students conference
Campaign for a New Workers Party
Trade Unions and the Labour Party: CWU branch asks some awkward questions
Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference
Workplace news and analysis
Reinstate Dave Condliffe now
UNISON leaders lead members into dead end
SOUTHAMPTON council strike
PCS prepares for more struggles
Right wins lecturers' union leadership - on a 14% turnout
The Socialist 15 March 2007 |
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