Vote George Hallam for Lewisham East
The Blackheath Bugle slams Blackheath Society Hustings
The Blackheath Bugle dammed the hustings held yesterday (Monday 26/04/10) with faint praise. The contributions from the candidates of the three main parties were described as a series of lectures” the sentiments of which were “brilliant and well meant, but totally unnecessary during a hustings”
Why 5 million extra jobs?
The main political parties are not talking much about creating jobs. When they do then, at best, it is only in terms of hundreds of thousands. If you think about it then you see that this is just not enough. The problem unemployment is at least an order magnitude greater than this.
SYSTEM FAILURE: the economy and the political establishment are in crisis
Policies for Britain
We all need: Homes, Education, Health Care, Pensions and... Jobs.The current crisis puts them all under threat. Emergency measures are required.
Those who got us into this mess won’t get us out of it. We have the resources to survive, if we use them. It’s our future, let’s get involved and take control. We need FIVE MILLION extra jobs to get the British people off benefits.
We can’t rely on the market – because the private sector is useless at creating jobs on its own. Between 1997 and 2007 six out of ten new jobs were dependent on state funding.
No cuts – any reduction in public spending will only increase unemployment and delay recovery.
Change the tax system – taxes must be simple, cheap to collect and based on ability to pay. Get rid of corporation tax and VAT. Increase income tax on £100,000 plus.
Help small businesses – by protecting them from unfair competition by giant multinationals, greedy landlords and ruthless banks. Small firms often give better value than their larger rivals. They also create more jobs than big firms.
Support British farmers – to produce decent food, using subsidies and science. Revitalise the countryside.
Reinvent manufacturing industry – Only manufacturing can provide the wealth and the jobs we need. Let’s revive it.
We’ve got to be green – but not in a half-hearted way – This is serious; just a bit greener won’t do. We need to be green in a total way. This includes re-thinking how we live and work.
Let’s put things together in a rational way – to create a new type of manufacturing industry that uses green, energy-efficient processes to produce green products. This means integrating cutting-edge science and technology into the industrial process.
Overseas – We must stand up to the US and the EU. Get our troops out of Afghanistan and back home to decent homes and jobs. Help other countries to protect their economies and reduce world imbalances.
Five million new jobs
Five ways to get FIVE MILLION extra jobs
Policies for Lewisham
Saying what we want in Lewisham is as easy as ABC
A. Abolish the mayor
B. Build council houses, health centres and schools
C. Create secure jobs by ending contracting-out
D. Defend small businesses against the multinationals
...Doing it is a bit harder
First we have to get rid of the mayor-centred system. In Lewisham, unlike most other boroughs, the mayor makes all the decisions. What your councillors think is irrelevant, their votes count for nothing.
Of course we can have a referendum to get rid of the mayor. But only
if the mayor agrees to call one. So before we can get the council to do
anything we need to get our own candidate elected as mayor. This is
John Hamilton. Once elected he can organise a referendum and return
Then we can start on the real changes, to create properly paid jobs and apprenticeships by:
Three small problems:
1. Just about everything worth doing is against government policy or some EU law or directive.
2. The council depends on central government grants for most of its income.
3. We are in the middle of a massive economic crisis and spending is being CUT not increased. The only solution is to take on the politicians nationally.
That’s why I’m standing in Lewisham East.
Vote George Hallam for Lewisham East
A vote for me isn’t a waste: it’s a warning and a sign.
All the major parties are hell-bent on making savage cuts in public services. I say, ‘NO CUTS’ (except in MPs’ pay – £31,000 maximum – the national average).
In a normal election a rank outsider like me, without the resources of a national party and media coverage, would only get a few hundred votes. But what I lack in cash and coverage I make up for in solid economic arguments and word-of mouth support. If I can get a significant vote it will make them think twice. Make your vote count!
George Hallam is not a hippie-dippy, wishy-washy, trendy-wendy, namby-pamby, airy-fairy, looney-lefty, whingy-nimby. He comes from Birmingham.
George has lived in the Lewisham area for 30 years and works locally. He worked in British industry when it still existed. He is married with a teenage daughter.