This is a guest blog from Val from Grimsby UK Uncut, telling us why she’s taking action on June 14th, and why you should to.
I am angry that while all the political parties are trying to convince us that austerity measures are necessary; that cuts to our public services and our benefits system have to be made, that we have to tax the bedrooms of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable, the government is giving away billions to rich companies and their shareholders by agreeing that they don’t have to pay their taxes. That’s our money.
This means real people are plunged into poverty. Any one of us can lose our jobs and be at the mercy of the benefits system. It’s outrageous that people in the sixth or seventh richest economy in the world are homeless, starving and lives are being put at risk and all to funnel more money into the bulging pockets of the world’s richest.
Estimates are that the avoided, evaded and uncollected taxes amount to enough to wipe out the deficit. No cuts necessary.
This is not just about telling Vodafone and those other companies that are leeching this country’s wealth; it’s also about telling the government that they’ve got their priorities wrong.
Taking direct action is the only way to get attention and get our voices heard. But just because something is serious that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. Roy is being a bit mysterious about what he’s planning but from the hints he’s dropped I’m sure we’ll be making our point with humour. We’re meeting at 3pm at Freshney Place in Grimsby town centre. Find Grimsby UK Uncut on Facebook or the website for updates.
Join the #VodaHome action on June 14th – tell Vodafone to pay their tax and tell the government to use that money to stop cuts to housing. Find your local action here, or organise one yourself (here’s a step-by-step guide).