March for the Alternative

March for the AlternativeHundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in London on Saturday to tell the coalition government that there is an alternative to their damaging cuts agenda.

I’m not a public sector worker nor an anarchist, I work full time, I don’t claim benefits and I recognise that there has to be a rebalancing of the books, but I do not accept the coalition government’s argument, driven by their free market, small state ideology, about how we achieve that and I don’t accept that we’re all in this together.

UK corporation tax is lower than France, Germany, Japan and the USA, proudly hailed by the Chancellor as ‘the lowest corporation tax in the G7’, and it’s set to sink even lower. In 2009, Barclays paid lesss than 1% tax on record profits of £11.6bn.

On 29 March, an NEF report argued that ‘the UK is subverting progress towards a safer financial system and has become a major barrier to international efforts for reform.’

All this, while the welfare state and the public sector are under attack. Healthcare, education, emergency services, affordable housing, welfare, pensions: medicine, doctors and nurses, schools, colleges and universities, firefighters, paramedics and police officers, the parlous state of the housing market: all are threatened by a pieced together government with no real mandate (not to mention a very dubious Lib Dem leader), while banks and big businesses are given huge financial breaks out of the taxpayers’ purse.

I marched on Saturday because I want to live in a civilised democratic society that provides a sense of social cohesion, not one in which we allow the millionaires in the Cabinet to scare us into further widening the wealth gap.

If you want to know more about the alternative to the damaging cuts, don’t rely on the mainstream media to tell you – read about it on these websites: