A series of protests have already broken out in the town, with a larger one planned for Saturday December 18 - and this is only the beginning!
You may have heard the incredible (but true!) fact that a staggering four fifths (18 out of 23) of the Con Dem cabinet are millionaires. Perhaps that’s why they are finding it so easy to smugly inflict such savage and cruel cuts on ordinary people without apparently having the slightest idea that it might make us a little... angry! The sight of furious students smashing up the Tory Party HQ in London seems to have woken the whole country up. Are we really going to let the Tories get away with this?
Two protests in Worthing have highlighted the way the Fat Cats are still being allowed to tax dodge and profiteer to their hearts’ content even while the rest of us are being told we have to suffer. The first, on October 30, targeted the Montague Street outlet of Vodafone, who, Private Eye revealed, have been allowed to get away with not coughing up an eye-watering £6 billion in taxes.
The second, on November 13, focused on Boots, in the same street. BBC Radio 4 revealed that they have moved their official HQ to a post office box in Switzerland so they can get away without paying proper UK taxes. This low-down tax avoidance means about £86m a year is being lost to the public purse. And is the government doing anything about it? Nope, it just looks the other way and tells us we have to make sacrifices to pick up the bill for the Fat Cats’ greed.
Thousands of people will be losing their jobs. Vital public services will be cut. Those who cannot find work are to be punished with what amounts to slave labour or the threat of starvation. Only the rich are to be allowed a proper education with the massive hike in student fees. The NHS is coming under attack from privatisation. We are all going to have to work until we drop dead because the state doesn’t want to pay us the pension we’ve earned.
It’s time for us all to stand up and defend our future - do we really want our children and grandchildren to be nothing more than wage slaves for the ultra-rich?
A good start would be to turn up for the Worthing town centre protest (below) on December 18. See you on the streets!
No to privatisation! Resist tuition fees!
Make the Fat Cats pay!
2pm, Montague Place, Worthing town centre - festive fancy dress optional!
A recent Compass opinion poll recorded that a staggering 99% of the British public believe top executives are overpaid (The Guardian, November 9). The trouble is that the remaining 1% control the country and don’t give a flying pork what the rest of us think!
Would they try to stitch up the public they are supposed to serve so they can make the town an easier place for greedy corporations to make money in? Yep, you bet they would, and we have just got hold of a fascinating document to prove it. Never before made public, the confidential paper dated May 2, 2002, details the shocking sell-out that Worthing council was prepared to enact to help Asda (aka WalMart) get a toehold in town.
You may remember that the plan was to build all over the playing fields of Worthing College in Bolsover Road, Durrington. And these documents reveal that the council was planning to offer up the well-used and popular Palatine Park in Palatine Road to the college, to make room for the unwanted supermarket.
Needless to say, the council never bothered asking residents if they were prepared to lose this precious facility as a sacrifice to the increasing fortunes of The Waltons, the American owners of the WalMart empire. But the document shows that detailed plans were proceeding, behind closed doors, to take the park out of public control. The points listed on the plan include:
* “Management of Palatine Park to be by the college on long-term agreement, nature of which to be decided.”
* “Maintenance to be by college.”
* “The college will fund netball (4)/tennis (5) courts (overall dimensions 79.25 x 36.58m) with floodlights.”
* “Reconfiguration of football pitches (elimination of 1/both cricket squares?) and reinforcement of 1? football pitch.”
* “Consideration of other potential facilities such as Petanque.”
In the end the supermarket plan was defeated, thanks to massive and well-organised opposition, Asda/WalMart were kept out of town (for the moment!) and the park survived. But the same behaviour continues to this day. Recently, councillors shed tears for poor little Tesco when they discussed a road scheme that has blighted people’s lives in Durrington.
Tesco and its chums in the planning department were in such a hurry to bulldoze through permission for its new monstrosity near Titnore Woods that they didn’t do their homework properly.
Work on a new access road near Varey Road has been halted for months because they had somehow forgotten there is a stream that the road has to cross. The road will have to be raised up on an embankment, towering over people’s gardens and living rooms. In the meantime, the footpath will remain blocked for months and the area is a total eyesore.
So did councillors stand up for the residents? Ha! You’re joking! The Worthing Herald (Nov 4), reports that instead “members felt Tesco should not be placed in a ‘ransom’ situation with the landowner” and should be allowed to go ahead!
From the Lyons Farm/Sainsbury’s development on the edge of the Downs (absurdly sited on the wrong side of the busy A27), via the nightmare of the Tesco Extra to the scandalous WalMart/Asda plans exposed here, it is clear where Worthing council’s loyalties lie - not with the people of the borough but with the supermarket sharks who are more than happy to get rich by ripping the guts out of our communities.
Published and printed by The Porkbolter, PO Box 4144, Worthing BN14 7NZ. No copyright, no festive greetings coz Christmas has been sold to Tesco.