We have all seen the slow sliding of standards in our local services: the haphazard carelessness of insensitive development, the strain on our infrastructure as budgets are siphoned into the hands of private contracts rather than investing in our community. Shops standing empty as rates rocket to numbers affordable only to corporate chains. Houses marketed toward the luxury scale while our own children can't afford to set up house, even when in full-time employment. Our Sure Start centres have closed. Our schools are begging parents for basic classroom supplies. Our precious health and social services are being sold off to private bidders just waiting to capitalise on suffering. Innovation, forward-thinking and future planning are seemingly anathema.
Meanwhile, our current Lib Dem and CCH councillors, busily mired in disputes over territories and squabbling over positions, are steadily failing to defend our area against these 'austerity' attacks from a callous central Government. The gap between the highest earners and the national average of ordinary people has widened to the point that it is splitting open our society, and all that those in power have offered is to pretend that this is an acceptable trajectory for our 21st Century Britain.
It's not too late to halt this decline.
We in NEHants CLP firmly believe that our contributions to our country, at both national and local level, should be put towards improving the lives of all citizens, not contributing to hedge funds and wildly inflated bonuses. We uphold the original principle of the NHS, which is compassion and care for all, from the cradle to the grave, regardless of income. We value education for its own sake, but also as insurance against oppression and social stagnation. We know that we are a country of ideas and exploration, and that investment in our people and new technologies will see far more return than the ongoing wealth-hoarding by the few that is bringing the rest of us to our knees. We believe that everyone has a part to play in the fabric of our community, and we seek to promote the equality and accessibility necessary for everyone to participate in the democratic process.
This May 3rd, we have a chance to show that, despite the promoted narrative of isolation and despair, we do remember our values, that we do care for our neighbours and each other, and that we are proud of our community traditions of fairness, support and respect.
Our Labour candidates are all local to the area and have personal, hands-on experience in many fields, from nursing to teaching to business to humanitarian work. All are volunteering to put themselves forward to amplify your voices; we invite you to join our movement and show clearly that we need a change in our priorities; people over profit, need over greed, justice over inequality.
Labour: "By the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone."
Working for the many, not the few.