Cumbernauld Socialists campaign for austerity reversal

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:02 on 3 February 2015.
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Cumbernauld's Socialist Party branch says it's time to "turn the tide" on austerity. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.
MEMBERS of Cumbernauld’s Scottish Socialist Party branch have congratulated the electoral break-up of left-wing part, SYRIZA, in Greece, using the result to launch a campaign urging government to “turn the tide on austerity”.

Cumbernauld SSP Chairman, Willie O’Neill, took the opportunity to hail the recent result of elections in Greece, describing them as an ideal chance to kick-start a campaign that will aim to ”turn the tide on austerity”, not only in Scotland but across Europe.

The radical left wing party SYRIZA won the election on a commitment to end the austerity politics being imposed on Greece that has impoverished large numbers of people and led to unemployment levels of 25% amongst the young.

During the election on January 25, SYRIZA won 2,246,064 votes, on 36.3 per cent of the vote, but fell just short of an overall majority, and having to form a coalition with the right-wing party ANEL.

Willie O’Neill believes that the result is relevant far beyond the borders of Greece. “Since the banking collapse of 2008, governments across Europe, and of course in Britain, have pursued the politics of so called austerity,” he said.

He added: “In reality austerity has been about making ordinary people pay the price for an economic catastrophe that can be laid at the door of a privileged few who have largely been unaffected, and indeed have continued to get richer.”
 
“SYRIZA’s victory represents a significant challenge to these austerity politics that have been embraced by mainstream parties of all shades. It raises real questions about how to we can begin to “turn the tide on austerity” in this country and beyond.”

Cumbernauld’s Scottish Socialist Party branch has confirmed that they will be holding a special public meeting, focussing on the events in Greece on Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm, in the Link Community Centre, with all members of the public welcome to attend. 
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