Labour and Conservatives both left wanting over fire station fiasco

So James Morris' legal challenge to save our fire station came to nothing. No surprises there - although it did give James Morris many newspaper inches pretending to be against the cut, whilst he is quite happy to vote with his Tory chums in voting through the biggest cuts programme ever.

However, the bigger disappointment came from Labour.

Despite Halesowen Labour Party activists joining residents and local trade unionists in campaigning to keep the fire station open, all Labour councillors on the West Midlands Fire Authority voted to close Halesowen Fire Station.

Again, should we be surprised when Labour nationally now agrees with the cuts and states it won't reverse any.

If we are to defend our public services from cuts, schools from being privatised via academy status or save our NHS from the Tories we need a political voice opposed to austerity.

No wonder trade unionists at the civil servants PCS conference are set to discuss whether they should stand candidates in future elections.

If we are to stop the cuts do we need to boot the cutters out of office?

Which fire station will be closed next?

Should firefighters strike or occupy to defend their service?

The one lesson from the closure of Halesowen Fire Station is - don't trust the Tories or Labour to save your fire station.

Tony Barnsley 59 Cherry Tree Lane Halesowen West Midlands

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12:11am Thu 15 Mar 12

The Mayor says...

Er, so who should we trust? The far left? The far right? As abysmal as the three main parties are, no one seems to be able to offer an alternative. Communism and fascism are discredited by all but extremists. The only solution GET RID OF ALL POLITICIANS!!
Er, so who should we trust? The far left? The far right? As abysmal as the three main parties are, no one seems to be able to offer an alternative. Communism and fascism are discredited by all but extremists. The only solution GET RID OF ALL POLITICIANS!! The Mayor
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7:57am Thu 15 Mar 12

villa_moose says...

Maybe I've swallowed the propoganda, but as a nation we are heavily in debt, and that national debt level is still rising. Therefore, we have to cut expenses and live within our means. Now I don't agree with cuts to the fire service, the police or the armed forces, but the cuts have to come from somewhere. You can't just blanket oppose everything without offering a rational alternative.

Even Milliband realises there's no money left in the kitty which is why his party are saying they wont reverse cuts. It's not that they wont (or don't want to), it's that they physically can't. Who can blame them for keeping quiet anyway, let's not forget which party didn't fix the roof while the sun was shining and went on a profligate spending binge with the then chancellor claiming 'I have eliminated boom and bust', right before the biggest bust since WWII.
Maybe I've swallowed the propoganda, but as a nation we are heavily in debt, and that national debt level is still rising. Therefore, we have to cut expenses and live within our means. Now I don't agree with cuts to the fire service, the police or the armed forces, but the cuts have to come from somewhere. You can't just blanket oppose everything without offering a rational alternative. Even Milliband realises there's no money left in the kitty which is why his party are saying they wont reverse cuts. It's not that they wont (or don't want to), it's that they physically can't. Who can blame them for keeping quiet anyway, let's not forget which party didn't fix the roof while the sun was shining and went on a profligate spending binge with the then chancellor claiming 'I have eliminated boom and bust', right before the biggest bust since WWII. villa_moose
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