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McDonnell: Our communities are in crisis because of Tory cuts 12 Mar 2018 08:12 #6504

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018

Austerity McDonnell: Our communities are in crisis because of Tory cuts

Shadow chancellor hits out at Tory ‘blindness’ to misery caused by their austerity as they boast about budgets

TORY fetishising of austerity is blinding them to the pain and misery being caused by their policies and they are set to make the situation even worse, shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned yesterday.

Mr McDonnell painted a bleak picture of communities in crisis in a London address before Chancellor Philip Hammond's spring statement on Tuesday.

He argued that government claims of economic recovery gloss over the growing desperation of homeless and disabled people, struggling families, low-paid workers, councils heading for bankruptcy and an economy which is trailing behind every major developed nation.

Mr McDonnell predicted that the Chancellor will desperately grasp at a few, small, positive economic indicators to trumpet the success of austerity and justify its continuation.

“This is a government still committed to the austerity spending cuts the Tories first announced in June 2010," he said.

“They seem absolutely blind to the economic evidence and the pain and misery they have caused.”

He said official statistics still showed falling real wages and a struggling economy.

“But these abstract national figures don’t show us the real impact of austerity and economic failure on our communities,” he said. “You can see it every day, here in London and across the country.

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McDonnell: Our communities are in crisis because of Tory cuts 12 Mar 2018 09:20 #6505

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The man is right. What I can`t believe though is why the voting public can`t see it? Why are Labour not in power? Why do people keep voting for cuts and hardship? Train companies each January hiking prices yet people just groan and accept it? We seem to be living in this bubble of acceptance when there is a viable alternative. Yet the sheep seem to have this herding instinct either not to vote, or to vote for the wrong people. Jobseekers Allowance rate (£73.10p a week) won`t rise until after 2020. That`s if they decide to raise it again, which will very much depend no doubt if the nasty party are still in power after the next election. I`ve got a bag packed just incase...
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