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Swindon People's Assembly Austerity Question Time
   
Thursday, March 5at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Gorse Hill Community Centre, Chapel Street, Swindon, SN2 8DA

A panel of people who are against the austerity cuts, coming to Swindon . Francesca Martinez comedian and activist, Owen Jones author and Guardian columnist, Rosie McGregor Chair of South West TUC and Unison's National Representative on the National Pensions' Convention,Sam Fairbairn National Secretary People's Assembly, Reverend Mark Barrett Chair Swindon Churches Together. Can we save our NHS from privatisation? - Do strikes work? - What's the alternative to austerity? - Why is there always money for war? - What happened to social housing? - Can we stop cuts?.

Come along and ask your question or alternatively submit your question prior to the event by emailing peoplesassemblyswindon@gmx.co.uk

This event is free but ticketed to avoid disappointment as there is a limit due to venue capacity. Donations welcome to cover costs on the ticket site or on the day.

Tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swindon-peoples-assembly-question-time-tickets-15554242157




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Re: Austerity Question Time Swindon March 5th - Owen Jones and others
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2015, 12:09:54 AM »

I'd very much like to hear Owen Jones but Thursday evenings are out for me.  :(

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Re: Austerity Question Time Swindon March 5th - Owen Jones and others
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 06:33:37 AM »
This sums up the attitude of the anti austerity movement to me...
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Re: Austerity Question Time Swindon March 5th - Owen Jones and others
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2015, 05:29:59 PM »
If the panel is made of people who are against austerity cuts and the meeting is largely attended by people who are against austerity cuts, won't this just be a case of like minded people asking questions of and agreeing with other like minded people and then incorrectly reaching the conclusion that if everyone attending is in agreement, then so must everyone who didn't attend, thereby kidding themselves into thinking that they represent the views of the people?

The Swindon People's Assembly doesn't seem to represent the views of many of the Swindon People that I know.

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Re: Austerity Question Time Swindon March 5th - Owen Jones and others
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2015, 06:17:59 PM »
Ive got my tickets booked, and I will be asking questions about labour etc..

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Re: Austerity Question Time Swindon March 5th - Owen Jones and others
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2015, 07:05:12 PM »
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The Swindon People's Assembly doesn't seem to represent the views of many of the Swindon People that I know.

Thats always been my fundamental problem with their 'movement' (if a few dozen activists across Swindon can accurately be called such).

The issues are all valid enough and questions need to be asked; but it seems to me that they come from a pre prejudiced position that ALL austerity measures are de facto 'wrong'.

They also seem to have a predominate kind of background and world view, so they're not exactly diverse (as has been discussed before). It always begs the question to me, if your country and its economy is in huge debt, what else if not austerity to clear the books? I mean, if you're in huge debt to the bank, do you simply refuse to cut down on your household expenditure, or do you try and cut down on expenses if you can?

They might have some valid questions to ask about whats being spent where and the priorities elected by government for savings (ie a disproportionate amount does seem to be projected against welfare), but being across the board 'against austerity' is also to be against reality and common sense if you ask me.

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