Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Hamilton Against The Bedroom Tax – Goes To Town With The Cutters!

On Saturday 13 April the Hamilton Against the Bedroom Tax campaign took to the local town centre to hold a static demonstration. This was to show our feeling towards the bedroom tax and to let people know that there is a resistance building to it in Hamilton and across Scotland. Around twenty campaigners turned out with supporters from the local community, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, RNU Scotland, Glasgow Against Atos, the Motherwell Against The Bedroom Tax campaign and the Unite union joining forces. Buoyed by the good weather we carried out a lively leafleting session for around two hours. The public reception towards the bedroom tax and the cuts in general was a feeling of anger and a sense that we must do something against this seemingly endless wave of attacks against our working class communities.

The widely criticised bedroom tax is nothing but a blatant assault upon the poorest sections of the working class. It is not about how many spare bedrooms you have; it is purely about who can pay and who can’t. We in Hamilton Against the Bedroom Tax see this attack for what it really is and we intend to defend our homes and communities against it.

We aim to work within our local community to build a campaign with an open and democratic structure. We believe that those affected by the cuts should be given the opportunity to lead the struggle. As the Edinburgh born socialist James Connolly once stated ‘None so fit to break the chains as those who wear them!’.

Our next public campaign meeting will take place at the Fairhill civic centre on Thursday 18 April, 7-9pm. Anyone who wishes to stand with us in our total rejection of the bedroom tax and to work towards its abolition is welcome to come along to give there opinion on how we should take forward and build this campaign.

All power to the people!

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

Danny McGarrell

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