British Tories’ anti-environment cuts feared

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Britain: A coalition of 25 conservation groups have warned the government against slashing the budget for protecting nature, arguing that it would have “profound” consequences for wildlife, landscapes and people: here.

Johann Hari: Now Cameron jilts the environment: here.

Conservatives have no taste for conservation, study finds: here.

Daily Telegraph: David Cameron runs the greenest government ever? Tell it to the birds: here.

Coastal path round England threatened by spending cuts: here.

Plan to sell off nature reserves risks ‘austerity countryside’: here.

Grants to help farmers help wildlife could be slashed: here.

Some cuts never heal – RSPB campaign to save wildlife from spending cuts: here.

Guardian: Coalition drops further green pledges on timber and renewables: here.

Cameron and environment, cartoon

7 thoughts on “British Tories’ anti-environment cuts feared

  1. Tony Benn: the time to organise resistance to this government of millionaires is now!

    5 August, 2010 – 14:12

    Tony Benn and 73 others

    We reject these cuts as simply malicious ideological vandalism, hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. Join us in the fight

    It is time to organise a broad movement of active resistance to the Con-Dem government’s budget intentions. They plan the most savage spending cuts since the 1930s, which will wreck the lives of millions by devastating our jobs, pay, pensions, NHS, education, transport, postal and other services.

    The government claims the cuts are unavoidable because the welfare state has been too generous. This is nonsense. Ordinary people are being forced to pay for the bankers’ profligacy.

    The £11bn welfare cuts, rise in VAT to 20%, and 25% reductions across government departments target the most vulnerable – disabled people, single parents, those on housing benefit, black and other ethnic minority communities, students, migrant workers, LGBT people and pensioners.

    Women are expected to bear 75% of the burden. The poorest will be hit six times harder than the richest. Internal Treasury documents estimate 1.3 million job losses in public and private sectors.

    We reject this malicious vandalism and resolve to campaign for a radical alternative, with the level of determination shown by trade unionists and social movements in Greece and other European countries.

    This government of millionaires says “we’re all in it together” and “there is no alternative”. But, for the wealthy, corporation tax is being cut, the bank levy is a pittance, and top salaries and bonuses have already been restored to pre-crash levels.

    An alternative budget would place the banks under democratic control, and raise revenue by increasing tax for the rich, plugging tax loopholes, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, abolishing the nuclear “deterrent” by cancelling the Trident replacement.

    An alternative strategy could use these resources to: support welfare; develop homes, schools, and hospitals; and foster a green approach to public spending – investing in renewable energy and public transport, thereby creating a million jobs.

    We commit ourselves to:

    • Oppose cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services.

    • Fight rising unemployment and support organisations of unemployed people.

    • Develop and support an alternative programme for economic and social recovery.

    • Oppose all proposals to “solve” the crisis through racism and other forms of scapegoating.

    • Liaise closely with similar opposition movements in other countries.

    • Organise information, meetings, conferences, marches and demonstrations.

    • Support the development of a national co-ordinating coalition of resistance.

    We urge those who support this statement to attend the Organising Conference on 27 November 2010 (10am-5pm), at Camden Centre, Town Hall, London, WC1H 9JE.

    Signed by 74 people, including the following:

    Tony Benn

    Caroline Lucas MP

    John McDonnell MP

    Jeremy Corbyn MP

    Mark Serwotka, general secretary PCS

    Bob Crow, general secretary RMT

    Jeremy Dear, general secretary NUJ

    Michelle Stanistreet, deputy general secretary, NUJ

    Ken Loach

    John Pilger

    John Hendy QC

    Mark Steel

    Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary NUT

    Cllr Salma Yaqoob

    Ashok Kumar, VP education and welfare, LSE student union

    Paul Mackney, former general secretary NATFHE/UCU

    Clare Solomon, president ULU student union

    Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition (personal capacity)

    Sean Rillo Raczka, chair, Birkbeck College student union, and mature students’ representative, NUS national executive


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