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Green Party hits out at welfare cuts

From the Green Party via the BBC

The Greens say recent welfare cuts in the UK will lead to a rise in people needing these emergency food supplies.

Green Party of England and Wales“What we want to do is to ensure that welfare benefit payments meet people’s basic needs. We’re here in the sixth richest country in the world and what we’re seeing is more demand for places like this every week.

“We’ve got the bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts, cuts in the Disability Living Allowance. We believe we should have a minimum wage and we should have sufficient benefits and that should be paid for by making sure that rich people and multinationals pay their taxes” she said.

Despite a lot of people wondering how long the Green Party could last, it has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, shaking off its tree hugging, eco-warrior image. “We have the same basic principles – a fair society in which everyone has sufficient, within the limits of our one planet” says Ms Bennett.

These days you’re more likely to hear about the fight for a living wage than saving the rain forests. Even so, will people struggling to make ends meet automatically think of the Green Party offering them a practical alternative?

Ms Bennett does not believe the party is a luxury for easier economic times and denies they are struggling to make their voices heard.

Wind power

She’s a strong advocate of wind power, which she believes will help bring down the cost of energy, despite news that bills will rise to pay for greener electricity.

Ms Bennett claims renewable power is vital for the future: “we need that renewable energy”, she says.

“We have choices, we do need to replace some of our power plants. What we’d like to promote is community owned energy where turbines are owned by people living there and profits flow down to the community.”

She also criticised incinerator plans in the county: “they’re a 20th century idea that shouldn’t continue into the 21st century. We should be concentrating on reducing waste instead of locking yourself into decades long contracts with incinerators.”

Norfolk has more Green county councillors than anywhere else in the country and they are keen to improve on that.

“We are hoping the east will elect a Green MEP at the European elections next year”, she says. “We got 15% in the last general election in Norwich, we want to build on that.”

Tough times put the Greens under pressure and the protest vote appears to moving elsewhere, so these elections will be a significant test for this party that has seen consistent growth for more than a decade in the eastern counties.

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UK’s Conservative Party causes child poverty

By Leon J Williams

Tory Child Poverty

Today for the first time the UK’s right-wing Conservative (Tory) party admitted that it’s policies will cause 200,000 children to fall beneath the poverty line.

In conjunction with the government’s previous cuts and attacks on the poor this will mean that in total an extra million UK children will be in poverty thanks the the coalition’s welfare cuts.

In typical right-wing policy the rich are ensuring they remain wealthy while taking away the very little that the poor have, keeping them downtrodden without any prospects.

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Verdict:
Conservative Party = Scum
David Cameron = Scum
Liberal Democrats = Scum
Nick Clegg = Scum

Coalition = Scum

Business shafts customers

By Leon J Williams

Failing music retailer business HMV has decided to shaft its customers by not honouring gift vouchers that haven’t currently been redeemed.

HMV is a British multinational company that after 90 years of operation has entered into administration, likely to be soon no more.

Over 4,000 jobs hang in the balance as yet another British High Street retailer collapses under the ongoing economic crisis, the by-product of capitalism.

Last week it was announced that Jessops (a camera retailer) was set to close down, making around 1,400 workers unemployed.

With companies going under left, right and centre where will these people find work, pay their rent and feed their families?

The right-wing British government is also cutting benefits to the disabled and unemployed meaning a downwards spiral for the working class.

Higher unemployment, failing businesses means less tax revenue for the government, which means the UK will find it harder to reduce national debt, which has been seen and admitted by the government when they acknowledged that it will take far longer than previously expected.

‘Austerity’ doesn’t work, we need investing in sustainable jobs not welfare cuts, service cuts, job cuts!

Update

It has just been announced that Blockbuster UK, the video rental chain has also gone into administration putting at risk over 4,000 jobs.