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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Counting Down to November 24th: 30 Reasons to March

During the 30-day countdown to the Anti-Austerity March on November 24th, starting on October 26th, we’ve been publishing a Reason to March each day – scroll down the page to view them all. They can also be downloaded in PDF format. There are, of course, many more reasons to march against austerity: why not visit …

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Reason 30: We Can’t Take Any More Of This

Why should we march today?  Because we can’t take any more of this. We can’t take any unemployment, poverty, deprivation, falling wages and incomes, emigration and lack of hope. We have an alternative:  investment, taxation on higher incomes and the ending of public spending cuts.  It has been modelled, measured, and costed – and it …

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Reason 29: Because There Is An Alternative

There is an alternative to austerity economics – an alternative that works, and that puts people back to work.   On December 5th the Government is set to introduce yet another round of cuts.  Their answer to the failure of austerity is – more austerity.   We are told that the Government’s hands are tied …

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Reason 28: We Have the Money

We are constantly being told ‘we are broke’, ‘we’re in receivership’, ‘the government has no money’.  Like most refrains that come from supporters of austerity, this is not true.  The Government can access considerable resources – if they wanted to prioritise investment, growth and equality. 1.         The Government states it has €22 billion in cash …

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Reason 27: Don’t Cut – Expand and Re-Invest

The Government thinks it is saving money by cutting.  We have seen the failure of this thinking.  So, if there are efficiency savings and productivity increases in the public sector what should we do?  Expand and re-invest. Taking money out of the economy will only drive down growth, living standards and jobs.  But if we …

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