Orwell would be gobsmacked

The age of doublespeak:

 ‘The object of my administration is to protect the vulnerable, and that is at the heart of this budget.’

Joe Anderson in announcing cuts in jobs and services and higher taxes to facilitate £90m of cuts which will further rip the heart out of social care and culture in the city.

‘These proposals will improve patient care.’ Tories proposing NHS cuts of £20billion by 2020.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see that the Train drivers in the trade union Aslef have delivered a tremendous answer of working-class solidarity to the corrupt Southern Rail management and the Tory government but also their own union leadership and that of the TUC. Despite the recommendation by Aslef leaders to reject driver only operations drivers have rejected it by 54%-46% after a 72% turnout. When the massive propaganda from the right-wing media is taken into account, as well as the fact that the talks were brokered by the TUC disgracefully excluding the RMT, this is welcome and decisive defiance to driver only operations.

Liverpool’s city council and its Local Authority trade union leaders should emulate the rail workers and mount a serious fight back against the continuing carnage.

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