Monday, 22 October 2012
Wish I'd been there.
Well done to the tens of thousands people have marched in protest at government cuts in
London, Glasgow and Belfast on the weekend. The situation was summed up well by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber when he said “The evidence is mounting that austerity is failing. More than 2.5 million people are out of work, a further three million are not working enough hours to make ends meet, and wages have been falling every month for the last three years … the huge squeeze on wages and living standards has led to a massive hit on confidence and on demand in the economy.”
I am opposed to the scale and depth of the Coalition’s cuts to the public sector and, as I've blogged before, there is one area of government spending that should be removed and that is Trident. As a longstanding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and of the Tavistock Peace Action Group, I was glad that we were one of hundreds of signatories who supported a full-page advert in Saturday's Guardian newspaper calling for an end to the Trident nuclear missile programme.