Union chief calls for civil disobedience

Short of calling for civil unrest, which is the slightly more radical call and would support rioting, Unite chief Len McCluskey, issued a call for “civil disobedience” to fight government cuts.

But he also said that no form of protest should be ruled out including ‘direct action’. That was published on the BBC at 9:50 today. I left the page open before I went to church.

That could include rioting and other radical activities,which are implied in direct action in my personal view. McCluskey asked for resistance against the attack on worker’s pensions and the cuts in general.

What a fine mess this government has gotten as into this time. Our Reverend recently said that chaos will reveal the truth and it has as the recent riots have shown. But they have also shown that it will disrupt the supply chain to cities and who will suffer the most from this, it is the weak, the old, the poor and the vulnerable. Mothers and children fear for their food and people will be too scared to get out of the house if there is open disorder in the streets.

It is quite sad that the government cuts and decision-making process leaves worker no choice but to become radical because they had not been vetoed on the issues and cuts. It would be a good idea to undergo a consultation process to include the ‘victims’ of such decisions but nothing like that was even proposed. A referendum on such policies would be in order. The recent cuts only hurt the people on low incomes the most. There is no legal remedy available to use and people have no time for peaceful protests because those affected are often in full-time jobs. The only victims of cuts are those who are working and some people in receipt of housing benefits, who may have to pay over the odds for their abode and some are indirectly affected my stealth taxes such as water rates and increased fuel bills.

I have put myself on a very short budget at the moment. I cannot afford anything but the most basic foods. Our local church has started a food bank, to which people on benefits can come whilst they waiting for decisions on their benefits, which can take now up to 5 or 6 weeks. The only beneficiaries from the Big Society seem to be volunters who now an claim benefits if they ‘work’ more than 16 hours per week.

Personally I think cut-backs in themselves are not a bad thing, reduce the consumer attitude and so on but and the big but must be that any cuts were not sold properly to the customers, which are we all. There was no proper consultation and people have been herded like sheep and put on austerity measures without seeking their approval and consent. That is the point that people don’t like and what’s more what they also don’t like is that they might have to borrow more and get increased interest bills and no chance of reducing that debt sensibly. Yet Barclay’s Bank has been allowed to sponsor Boris’s biking scheme but the users of the credit card indirectly finance that scheme with high interest rates. No reduced interest rates were passed on to credit card holders at all. They are not given a choice what they want to sponsor because they do not get asked what they want their card to sponsor if anything at all.

I am concerned because here in Tower Hamlets we suffer from a double whammy, which is a council that does not support Neighbourhood Watches, which in itself produces a less constructive relationship with the police, we have racial tension and we have an area that is full of people to the brim. Yet the announced forthcoming strikes and civil disobedience will bring disruption to this area and I hope that people can bring themselves to ask for a better structure of keeping order in this locality by forcing the council or the commander of the Tower Hamlets Police to support a roll out of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Tower Hamlets, which help people to be in the driving seat for keeping order in the locality and keep the police to account in how they intend to keep civil unrest to a minimum so that people can get their basic food supplies and travel around the area without fear of attack or other hassles.

What I want from this government is a contingency plan, that will sufficiently ensure that our streets are kept safe and not just threats and increased police activity that could lead to more repressive measures that involve armed police like CO19. The recent riots have stretched police forces to the limit and if we see such repetitions throughout the land, we will get into severe problems. I do not think that it is sustainable to continue with this government for that reason. If the Liberal Democrats had any sense, they would pull out of this coalition and put their own personal prides aside and led this Conservative government try and rule the country alone, which would not last very long and they had to stand down.

There is obviously no point in having a government that nobody wants.

I do not even think that it does make much difference what has been discovered in Libya over alleged compliance with torture of the Blair government.

PS: If governments can propose and carry out such draconian cuts over such a short period of time, then a backlash an be predicted. To prevent this from happening again there should be some legislation that forbids any cuts in government spending, that affects the income of people directly or indirectly without further consultation.That might hamper industry a little bit but we are people after all and need to live in dignity.  People’s income should never be allowed to fall below a certain sum and their income must always be calculated net of costs of living. There is not much point in raising wages when costs rise even more.

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