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JULIE HESMONDHALGH AND OWEN JONES JOIN GREATER MANCHESTER MARCH AGAINST THE BEDROOM TAX
 

Star date: 28th July 2013

`I'M FED UP WITH THIS GOVERNMENT AND THIS EVIL, EVIL TAX'

Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh and political commentator Owen Jones joined Salford Against The Bedroom Tax campaigner Maria Brabiner on the speakers' platform at the rally in Manchester yesterday against the Bedroom Tax.

Julie Hesmondhalgh made reference to this "evil, evil tax" and a Government "that makes us constantly look at the people in society at the absolute bottom of the rung…while it's all going on up here…the tax avoidance, the expenses…it's disgusting and people seem to be being duped"…

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GREATER MANCHESTER PROTESTS AGAINST BEDROOM TAX GREATER MANCHESTER PROTESTS AGAINST BEDROOM TAX
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Yesterday's march Against the Bedroom Tax saw hundreds of people march from Cathedral Gardens to the Civic Justice Courts and back where a rally took place featuring Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh, political commentator Owen Jones and Maria Brabiner from Salford Against The Bedroom Tax.

Julie Hesmondhalgh was clearly angry as she made reference to this "evil, evil tax"…

"I am absolutely fed up of a Government that makes us constantly look at the people in society at the absolute bottom of the rung and blame everything on them" she told the crowd "While we're looking down here, it's all going on up here – the tax avoidance, the expenses…it's disgusting and people seem to be being duped by it.

"It has to stop" she added "We have to spread the word, we've got to fight the apathy and know that we can change things. Things bigger than this have been changed over the years – we got the vote, we get rid of slavery…this is chicken feed in comparison. We are many, they are the few. Let's fight it!"

Owen Jones, himself a journalist, made reference to the media's almost total blanking of the Tax and called for a bit of DIY organising amongst the working class…

"We have one principle" he said "An injury to one of us is an injury to all of us. We have to link up our struggles, whether we're disabled, working people been thrown out of work, a young person who faces a future of debt and insecurity, an elderly person who has to chose between heating and eating; these are the things we have to link together.

"What is so disgraceful about this Government" he added "is that it's trying to redirect our anger at the fact we're getting poorer year on year, from those who caused this crisis to people's neighbours down the streets – the working poor against unemployed people, non-disabled against disabled people, private sector workers against public sector workers - you've been mugged so your less deserving neighbour should be mugged as well. We need to remember who caused this crisis and who is being made to pay for it."

Jones, in line with many Salford Labour Party councillors, also called for the Labour Party to commit to getting rid of the Bedroom Tax if it is re-elected…

"We have to take the fight to the Tories but we also have to say loudly and clearly to the Labour leadership that, if you form the next government, no ifs no buts repeal this tax."

He called for common sense alternative policies to be relayed to people "to give them hope"…

• Build council housing instead of subsidising landlords through housing benefit, to stimulate the economy, create jobs and control rents.
• Bring in a real living wage instead of subsidising low wages with tax credits.
• Create 100,000s renewable energy jobs.
• Control the banks that tax payers have subsidised.
• Concentrate on tax avoidance instead of the pittance lost through benefit fraud.

Jones concluded by calling for the media to tell the truth about people's real life stories of life under the ConDem Government.

Photos by John Catterall

pauline gallagher wrote
at 09:15:36 on 29 July 2013
@ worker. Owen Jones knows exactly what Labour's failings are in regard to the benefit cuts, Bedroom Tax etc. He writes articles about Labour's shortcomings, and how misguided he feels the party leadership are in their support for so many Tory policies. Being a member of the Labour party does not make a person Labour party property, nor indeed does it compel a person to agree with Ed Miliband or anyone else! The current leadership is just that - Miliband and his advisers are not the Labour movement, itself. They can and will be replaced if they continue to follow policies the party membership and voting public despise. Owen Jones is a remarkable and intelligent young man with a keen understanding of Labour's past and present,and some great and workable ideas about its possible future. Jones is the first real ray of hope in years for the Left in general, and for Labour supporters in particular - and I don't say that lightly.
 
Steven North wrote
at 13:44:31 on 28 July 2013
When we ask Salford Council not to make cuts they tell us they can't as it would be illegal. This is a debatable point, but what clearly would not be illegal would be for Salford Council to state that it will not evict any victims of the Bedroom Tax and to call on City West (as people know the Council still owns the properties Salix manages so could make the decision for them) and other Councils to do the same. If even all of the Greater Manchester Councils made this pledge the pressure that would bring to bear on the Government would be overwhelming. Yes, there is a risk for Councils in terms of loss of income if it doesn't work but the risk to tenants of homelessness is surely greater. We must demand that Labour Councils issue "No eviction" pledges and in the meantime we should all uase the lanch of the Greater Mancgester Federation Against the Bedroom Tax to organise in our own communities to prevent evictions and support people. If you live in Walkden or Little Hulton, please check out and like https://www.facebook.com/groups/438788872877834/?fref=ts as we want to relaunch after the success of the GM Conference and the Demo this weekend.
 
worker wrote
at 13:42:37 on 28 July 2013
So Owen Jones in line with many Labour Councillors are calling for the Labour Party to get rid of the Bedroom Tax Does he realise that Milliband is committed carrying on with the austerity i.e. NON REVERSAL OF THE CUTS TO JOBS AND SERVICES MADE BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT So there will be no repeal of the bedroom tax no repeal of the cuts In fact Milliband is committed to carrying our further cuts ie freezing state pensions "so that the burden is fairly placed on all including pensioners WAKE UP
 
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