Austerity – it’s not on the Green Party agenda.

council-pressures Cuts to hit Hull City Council are expected to be the biggest in the country next year, bar Knowsley in Liverpool, as the table shows.

This is not unknown.

Governments in power will seek to weaken and marginalise the opposition groups within their own communities. Hence the two worst hit councils are Labour councils – whilst the better off councils will be, as if by magic, Tory ones.

But Hull has been hit hard enough, by first a Lib Dem administration and then a Labour council. Due to the decision by these ruling parties, Hull has lost about 2000 jobs to cuts so far.

But austerity is not on the Green Party’s agenda. What Hull needs is Green Party councillors to fight for budgets we can live with  – rather than the likely hundreds, maybe thousands, of job losses to come.

But there’s another problem.

Across the region, when Green Party councillors have presented their own budget motions designed to save valuable jobs and essential services, they have been stonewalled and voted down by other councillors whether Labour or Conservative or combined.

This isn’t logical; it’s vindictive. It’s deliberately not giving perfectly good suggestions and ideas a chance.

The cure is obvious – elect MORE Green Party councillors – in Sheffield, in Leeds, in Kirklees – and help get those budget alternatives through.

This is desperately needed in Hull too – before Hull’s public sector jobs and services become a thing of the past – as the national Labour Party seems committed to with their wholehearted adoption of austerity.

The people want well-functioning services, elderly to be looked after, people with disability to have a chance, social housing that’s secure, social work that does the job not increasingly rushed and pressurised, cultural assets like museums, well-staffed and open for the people, and the thousand other things a well-functioning council must do.

While the wealth of the 1% is rocketing, the obvious and necessary solution is better taxation. Austerity – it’s not on the people’s agenda either.

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2 thoughts on “Austerity – it’s not on the Green Party agenda.

  1. At what point does sustainability and austerity meet or diverge ? Both seem to involve reduced consumption – what’s the difference ?

    —” Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics.
    “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.””—

    • The two concepts are diameterically opposed; one is how can we live within our means nationally and globally? The other is a propaganda tool for transferring wealth from majority to the 1%.

      We’re an extremely consumerist country, so Greens would want to find some ways to cut back on the negative effects that has on how hard we have to work, and the planet has to work, to keep our level of consumerism going. That’s how the grey parties’ definition of economics, and therefore growth, is all wrong.

      We’re at the limits of ‘growth’, if we weren’t 40 years ago. But are our societies really growing, progressing?

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