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What Will George Osborne Cut Today?

I’ve been helping the amazing folks at No Shock Doctrine For Britain to create a random “cut generator” What Will George Cut Today? to highlight the absurdity of the new UK Chancellor’s unjust and unnecessary budget cuts.

They are fighting the savage cuts to public services that Osborne wants to impose on the UK population, and his vision of an Age of Austerity. The cut generator is a joke that makes a serious point. Arbitrarily targeting poor people and cutting public services is unjust, unnecessary and unhelpful. In fact, as David Ransom has pointed out that tax and cut is nonsense.

Here’s how describe the situation.

The 'Shock Doctrine' has been a tool of Conservative and Neo-Liberal Governments around the world where disasters are used as an excuse to push through radical right wing policies. In Britain, over the last 18 months, the Conservative Party has used the recession as an excuse to build a case for massive cuts to public services.The new British Government is about to try to force through these massive and un-needed cuts to our public services in an 'emergency budget'.Britain has massive assets, long term debts, and very low taxes. There is no need to destroy the public services it has taken 100 years to build up in this country, and on which the majority of us depend.Join the fight, today.

Want to know more? As well as checking out the No Shock Doctrine For Britain site, you should get hold of a copy of the New Internationalist anthology People First Economics, which is a guide to the global financial crisis and the radical social changes that are needed to the global economy written by the likes of Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and Walden Bello.

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Charlie Harvey a New Internationalist contributor

Charlie Harvey is the IT Manager here at New Internationalist. He's active in both the activist and tech communities and is a vocal advocate of Free Software. You can read more on his main Charlie Harvey site.

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