It is important in the face of the government’s malicious project to downsize the NHS to the point of forced privatisation, that we don’t forget the other major attack currently being launched against the working class of this country – the academisation of our education system. The ruling class’ plan for “all schools to become academies”, as was announced in the 2016 Budget, and then clumsily retracted, is not a plan that is going to disappear for long; it is inevitable under capitalism. State education costs far too much for the government to manage, and it is much more profitable for them to hand over the responsibility to school ‘sponsors’. However, simply doing so in the public eye would never work, so they have hidden behind words like ‘academisation’ to disguise what is really going on here: privatisation.
March and protest: Tuesday 14 February
Assemble: 5pm Ducketts Common (Turnpike Lane Tube)
Rally: 6pm Haringey Civic Centre
Haringey’s Labour council is planning to give away the land on which a huge number of homes, community facilities, and shops stand to a private developer. The ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ supposedly a joint venture between the council and the developer, would in reality be a facade for the interests of the private developer.
This policy would lead to a huge loss of genuinely affordable housing in Haringey, and yet more ordinary families being forced out of the borough and away from their family, friends, and jobs.
The Labour council has betrayed the people of Haringey by, for example, promising social rents in public while admitting in private that there is no such guarantee. The Labour party only cares about the interests of the rich, and Labour councils across London and Britain have proven this time and again by slashing social spending and privatising public property and services.
People of Haringey: unite to defeat our enemies in the Labour Party and stop the destruction of our communities!
Junior Doctor and CPGB-ML member Ranjeet speaks about the Junior Doctors Strikes in the context of the wider attacks on the NHS, following the May Day march from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square on 1 May 2016.
The plan to cut pay of medical staff, nursing staff, and all NHS workers, has not come out of the blue, he says, but is part of an ongoing plan to gut the NHS, and introduce an insurance based system that will make enormous profits for massive Health Corporations – United Health, Serco, Circle, Virgin (now the UK’s largest GP practice, ‘holding health contracts’ on some 3 million British citizens), McKinsey, Sodexo, Bupa, and a panoply of others – at the expense of rationed and substandard care, increasingly accessible only to those who supplement a basic level of provision by private insurance – which will become prohibitively expensive as the NHS is hamstrung and run down.
CPGB-ML and Red Youth activists attended and spoke at a demonstration opposing TTIP today at Shepherd’s Bush in West London (see video below).
TTIP is the latest in the legacy of cuts and privatisation ushered in by successive imperialist governments, and has been rearing it’s ugly head with increasing frequency in the media recently – but not without opposition, despite the best attempts of our governments and media to sanitise it, and brush its anti-social effects under the carpet.