‘Tories have no answer for slowdown. Corbynomics does’. This is the message socialist economists are giving as they help Labour Leader Jeremy Corby and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell develop their alternative approach to the Conservatives austerity attack on low and middle earners. http://socialisteconomicbulletin.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/tories-have-no-answer-for-slowdown.html
Croydonians are lucky to be able to hear McDonnell on Saturday 7 November at the Croydon Assembly at its third meeting at Ruskin House.
Those attending will be considering a draft manifesto setting out local views on alternatives to austerity and benefit and tax credit cuts, defending and improving the NHS, improving education, developing a more resiliant high skilled, higher paid local economy that is not dependent on the property developers, tackling climate change and local environmental issues, and improving the structures and processes of democracy.
More and more research evidence is being published which shows why a positive programme is needed.
- The Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission interim report echoes many of the concerns and some of the thrust of proposals in Croydon TUC’s working party report on the Council’s Growth Plan last year.
- The London Centre argues that a London-specific Minimum Wage could be set somewhere between £7.05 and £8 an hour and introduced now: http://centreforlondon.org/publication/the-new-national-living-wage-what-will-it-mean-for-london
- Young people are being hard hit. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is saying that young people are suffering the “worst economic prospects for several generations” as a worrying age inequality gap is opening up in Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-inequality-young-people-suffering-their-worst-economic-prospects-for-several-generations-a6714226.html
- Young people are being cheated through so-called apprenticeships: https://radicaled.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/low-level-apprenticeships-reflect-britains-coffee-shop-economy
Programme: November 7, 2015
10.30am Chair: Philipa Harvey, President NUT
Welcome by Ted Knight, Chair Croydon Assembly
Christine Blower, General Secretary National Union of Teachers
John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor
Questions & Answers
11.45am Policy Discussion Groups on Manifesto sections.
1 National Economy
2 Universal Benefits and Care
3 National Health Service
4 Racism and Refugees
1.00pm Break for lunch. Sandwiches, tea and coffee available in Hall. Ruskin House bar open
1.45pm Chair: Patsy Cummins, chair Croydon North CLP
Ellen Lebethe, National Pensioners Convention
Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against CutsAndrew Fisher, author of ‘The Failed Experiment’
2.15pm Policy Discussion Groups on Manifesto sections
4 Climate Change
6 Local economy and Housing
7 Political Representation and Democracy
3.30pm Final plenary
Chair: Tracey Hague, Green Party
Candy Udwin, reinstated PCS shop steward National Gallery
Brief contributions to discussion
4.25pm Closing remarks: Ted Knight
Bookstall: I will be running a bookstall mainly of second hand books about labour movement history