Why I will be marching against austerity

This Tory led government has attacked jobs, pensions and pay and has been complicit in the privatisation of public services. It has launched an all out attack on those entitled to welfare and has demonised all who claim it. This great economic plan, the governments strategy to bring down the deficit, has done no more than worsened rather than improved the economy and has devastated the lives of ‘ordinary’ people by making the UK a brutal and uncaring place in which to live.

This Tory led government has turned its back on a whole generation of young people, with more than a million young people unemployed. The disgraceful actions of Maria Miller and the closure of the 27 Remploy factories demonstrates the little regard this government has for the disabled, stripped of their work and of their dignity with benefits being cut. This government seems to have little regard for the 1% and has pitched the public sector against the private sector in a race to the bottom.

With unemployment rising while living standards are falling, increased energy bills, increased travel costs and the almost nationwide emergence of foodbanks, high levels of job insecurity and an army of exploited, unemployed people providing free labour to big companies and other organisations as part of the government’s ‘Workfare’ programme.

Austerity, and the ideology that underpins it under a Tory led government says public services can be slashed, inequality doesn’t matter and the market always knows best. This is unfair, unwanted and self defeating. The impact of these ill-advised and poorly thought out governmental policies are not being recognised for what they truly are and left relatively unchallenged are having a devastating effect on working people and their families with working people being forced to pay the price for a crisis they did not create. Enough is enough.