It's what's called a "grower". The third, and by far the largest, meeting of Haringey Alliance for Public Services saw the alliance move out of first gear, with the tiny Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green playing host to about 30 assorted trade unionists, community activists and concerned local residents.
People swapped stories of cuts to come, cuts disguised and cuts postponed. Everyone seemed determined to oppose cuts to public services, to put forward a vision of an improved public sector and to counter the general hysteria that significant cuts to services were unavoidable and would lead to societal collapse.
Where's the party?
The revelation of the evening came when a recent council directive was circulated, with precise details of belt-tightening measures to be imposed, as a result of a £10m overspend for the year so far. You can see for yourself what restrictions have been designated in the memo - but surely the most worrying was the balloon embargo, so bad they banned them twice - for promotional or decorative purposes. Let's hope some crafty admin assistant has managed to siphon a few off for the office party.
- Published: 27 July 2010