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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 June 2016
March to save Carnegie library in Lambeth, 9.4.19, photo James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
A south London borough which closed two libraries to 'save' money is spending more than twice as much on security as it would have cost to keep them open.
Ultra-Blairite Lambeth Council laughed off mass community opposition - and an occupation (see socialistparty.org.uk) - to shut the two sites. Its plan is to convert them into private gyms. The excuse, as ever, was "blah blah Tory cuts blah difficult decisions blah."
A Freedom of Information response gave the private security costs as £2,212 a day. Lambeth's 2014-15 budget said the combined running cost for both was £874 a day.
Most Labour councillors don't pass on cuts because they 'don't have a choice'. They do it because they agree with them. Corbyn should follow TUSC's example and give a fighting lead to those who don't - by calling for legal no-cuts budgets.
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In The Socialist 1 June 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Shatter the Tories: vote out
Motion passed for no-cuts council budgets
Jobseekers told: take three-hour commute
Public asset sales will lose us money
Stop Ryedale fracking
Them & Us
Tories out to knife the BBC
France: struggle against government intensifies
France 1936: sit-in strikes
Fighting austerity: French strikes show the way
What we think
Tories tearing themselves apart over EU referendum: vote leave to get Cameron out
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference takes serious approach to key political and industrial questions
Could it be 3 strikes and you're out at 2 Sisters?
Welsh Government under attack at Wales TUC conference...and museum strikers close to victory
University lecturers strike for fair pay
Thomas Cook cabin crew to strike over breaks
BIS office closure: Anger and determination to fight on
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Property speculators target Butterfields tenants
Pent Valley campaigners take council to judicial review
George Tomlinson school: Academy fears
Birmingham Labour council takes credit for Tory privatisation
Peterborough PFI palaver
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International socialist news and analysis
Solidarity with protesters in Kazakhstan
Portugal: Lisbon dockers' victory
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Film: Money Monster
Obituary: Simon Gomery 1968-2016
Letter: Parcel farce
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