Article taken from Issue 2 of The Ox-Fly - Oxford's radical newsletter:
Mitchell claims 'Big Society' volunteers will step in to save these services. The Council has said that librarians and other staff are likely to make up some of the 1000 County Council job cuts. So what this really reveals is not a 'Big Society', but a plan to squeeze even more profit out of us - by not paying us! They are providing less and less; while we have to work more and more. 'Volunteers' would be acting almost as scabs. But if they don't, the libraries will close and the jobs will be cut anyway. The solution is to fight back, both workers and service users, and make closures impossible.
He also claims they are doing their best to protect weakest and most vulnerable. He should try saying that to a user of one of the Care Homes that he is withdrawing funding from. Or to the many homeless people who relied on the Gap Project for help, now being closed.
But these cuts are not coming because we have a Tory County Council - they are happening because this is the way the ruling class has decided international capitalism is going to go. That is why these cuts are repeated across the globe; and our resistance must be international too.
After all, it was Labour that promised cuts "worse than Thatcher". The Labour City Council has just announced 100 jobs losses and £10 million cuts over the next 4 years. We mustn't allow Labour to take over our movements by pretending to oppose the cuts. Already they've been given a platform at demos.
Beating these cuts is too important to leave in the hands of the Labour Party - or any other group who want to represent us. We can win, if we put trust in ourselves and control our own struggles.