Hi all, this is Ian, one of the organisers of Hillingdon Against Cuts (HAC), and administrator of this blog.
Over this last year HAC has been involved in many struggles and campaigns, been on lots of demonstrations and made the voice of the working class, poor, dispossessed and students heard on many platforms.
What we (and mostly me) have failed to do is reflect this struggle in this blog!
Therefore, from today onward, I pledge in my own small way to get the message out online, by posting a reply to the articles and letters in our local paper (The Gazette in all it’s iterations) here on this blog. On occasion, the Gazette will write a good article about the Anti-Cuts Struggle, but on the other hand they also write a great many articles praising the (Tory) council and denigrating the working class of this borough.
This blog can become a voice for all the people in this borough who are opposed to this Tory council, who slavishly follow orders from central government. For all those who are looking for an alternative, and those who have an alternative opinion from what is printed is in the Gazette. For all those who are opposed to ALL CUTS!
So I call upon all of you: students, trade union members, socialists, youth, anarchists, anti-racists, black british, african, somali, arab, asian, white british, white european (Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Estonians, Romanians, Ukrainians, Russians…) , jews, hindus and muslims, above all: Members of the 99%: The Working Class. The people who really make up society. The people who have the power, if we choose to use it.
Let’s make our voice heard!
HAC wants to hear from you! If you have a story, a campaign or any sort of struggle, please send it to us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . I will post it on this blog. I will only deny or censor where a submission is racist, fascist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise anti working class. Members of the campaign also have the right to complain and censor me whenever they think I have posted something damaging or against the campaign. You can obtain login info for this blog by calling me on 07789807467 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll start us off with the following:
It has been reported today that the old site for the Hayes library is to be sold off the private developers, despite a campaign led by MP John McDonnel.
This is a travesty. The only reason that Hillingdon council has sold off this property is that it is a desperate attempt to raise money following the government cuts to council spending. The much lauded development of the new leisure centre at Botwell green (where the library is now located), is now under the control of a private company, as are all leisure services in the borough.
The failure of this campaign to keep the library building as public property highlights the danger of campaigns fighting alone. We have seen the same failure in the defense of Hillingdon Music Service, which is now a shadow of its former self. Both campaigns thought they could negotiate with the council, and with Arch-Tory Mr Puddifoot himself. This has been proved false.
The only way a campaign to save our vital services can succeed is if we are all united, and can make a massive show of force to the council. In truth, Hillingdon council is afraid of the power of the organised masses. John McDonnel should have used his position as Labour MP for the borough to call Trade union action to keep this property in public ownership, as a resource for the whole community. Instead he raised an early day motion in parliament, which he knew was doomed to failure.
Hillingdon against cuts demands, and will campaign for, the old Library building in Hayes to be converted into a youth centre.
- FOR A MASS CAMPAIGN TO DEMAND THE MONEY CUT BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT BE PAID TO HILLINGDON
- KEEP THE OLD HAYES LIBRARY IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
- RE-FIT, REFURBISH AND RE-OPEN THE BUILDING AS A YOUTH CENTRE
- RE-INSTATE AND EXPAND THE YOUTH SERVICES IN HILLINGDON