The Scottish Socialist Party has revealed over 1,000 local people have signed petitions demanding an end to UK and Scottish Government cuts.
The Party has been conducting street stalls in Saltcoats and Irvine over recent weeks, where members of the public have queued to sign in support of the SSP’s call that ‘austerity measures’ should be halted and, instead, the Tory-Lib Dem Government should tax the super-wealthy to fund the deficit created after public money was used to bail-out failed banks and financial institutions.
Commenting, Campbell Martin, the SSP’s candidate for the North Ayrshire Council seat of Ardrossan & Arran said, “We would like to thank the local public for the fantastic support they have shown. People are very angry that they are being forced to pay for an economic disaster they didn’t create.”
Mr Martin continued, “Right here in local towns we are seeing cuts to jobs, cuts to Council services, cuts to benefits, cuts to pensions, cuts to our children’s education, cuts even to the Health Service, and all to pay debts run up by millionaire and billionaire bankers and financial speculators in the City of London.
“That is completely unfair and has to stop. Instead, we should be taxing the rich, taxing the bankers and the spivs and speculators. There is no way the people of North Ayrshire should be paying the debts of some of the wealthiest people in Britain.”
The SSP point out that corporations and company directors avoid and evade paying around £120billion of taxes every year. Said Campbell Martin, “There is no need for ordinary men, women and children in local towns to be suffering because of cuts imposed by the Tory-Lib Dem UK Government, the SNP Scottish Government and the Labour administration of North Ayrshire Council. The super-wealthy caused the crisis and they should be paying for it.”
The strength of local public opinion, as expressed by the signatories to the SSP petitions, will be brought to the attention of UK and Scottish Government Ministers, along with the demand that savage cuts to the living standards of ordinary men, women and children must be stopped.