Attacks on the Civil Service

In her time Thatcher cut over 170 000 civil service jobs. The attack continues apace with 80 000 more jobs gone, wages pegged and living standards slashed. The future remains bleak for civil servants as Tories, Liberals and Labour are all promising ever more savage reductions.

The political parties all claim that they will not harm front line services. Tell that to both those employed in providing and receiving them and see if you get the same answer.

The Crown Prosecution Service has sacked 1200 employees, amounting to nearly 25% of its barristers and solicitors. Consequently 1210 Crown Court cases have collapsed during the last 12 months. Similarly the Ministry of Justice has faced a 23% reduction in its budget, resulting in cuts to legal aid and the denial of justice except for those who are able to pay.

In 2010 the Passport Office employed 4000 workers, but now it is fewer than 3500. We have all seen the resulting chaos and backlog in applications throughout this year.

Despite the floods of 2014 the Environment Agency has slashed over 1500 jobs. According to the government’s own advisers, cuts in flood defence funding since 2010 have led to £3bn in damage that could have been avoided.

Even the government’s tax raising employees have not been spared the cuts, resulting in workers including the self-employed not receiving the correct tax advice or support they need.

These cuts are ideological and make no economic sense. Government revenue is falling as redundancies, low pay and pay cuts mean lower tax receipts. Fewer tax collectors mean huge amounts of tax are evaded.

We know what has to happen if we are to have the services we deserve and require. Britain’s wealth is being squandered; we need to use the resources of working people to support Britain as a whole not for the few.

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Azov battalion surrender at the Azovstal steelworks; a symbolic defeat for Ukraine. US, UK & some EU governments still want to fight the war to the last Ukrainian; they continue warmongering and sending weaponry to Ukraine.
https://youtu.be/YSNhBbQtE5A

#Russia says it has no problem with #Sweden or #Finland, hence no problem with it joining #NATO. It will however monitor its deployment of troops and weaponry, and take action appropriate to the threats.
As in Britain it's up to the people to say #No2NATO.
https://youtu.be/doz4lfzAKNY

Protests outside the offices of the #NewYorkTimes against coverage of the murder of #ShireenAbuAqleh, by Israelis military, #IDF. The #BBC also reported "violence breaks out at funeral", even though video clearly shows Israelis police attacked mourners.
https://youtu.be/HEGelLR_Vqs

In a statement to MPs in late April Ben Wallace Secretary of State for Defence said "gifts of weapons by Britain could eventually total £500m" to Ukraine, as he gloried in the reported of the deaths of 15,000 Russian soldiers. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/25/uk-military-aid-to-ukraine-could-rise-to-500m-mps-told#:~:text=In%20a%20statement%20to%20MPs%2C%20Ben%20Wallace%20said%20gifts%20of%20weapons%20by%20Britain%20could%20eventually%20total%20%C2%A3500m%2C%20and%20he%20said%2015%2C000%20Russian%20soldiers%20had%20died%20since%20the%20invasion%20began%20on%2024%20February.&text=%E2%80%9CWe%20have%20gifted%20in%20aid%20%C2%A3200m%20which%20we%20propose%20will%20grow%20to%20%C2%A3500m%20to%20Ukraine%2C%E2%80%9D%20Wallace%20told%20the%20House%20of%20Commons.

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