In a short space of time, over 1400 signatures have been obtained for the Birmingham against the Cuts petition, which calls for a no-cuts budget to be approved at the Council meeting this Tuesday. At every meeting, street stall, and activity over the last few weeks it has proved very easy to collect names. Often people have been queuing up to sign. If the campaign had been a bit more organised and started its work earlier, the number could have been far higher.
In our experience, it shows the fragility of the pro-cuts mantra of mainstream politicians. When presented with a clear alternative, such as the agenda of the Birmingham against the Cuts, people are happy to support it.
Luckily in Birmingham we do have a few anti-cuts Councillors, for example Salma Yaqoob. She will present our petition to the Council meeting. It will probably be ignored, but it is a forewarning that the ordinary people of Birmingham are not going to lie down and have their services and employment prospects destroyed by the neo-con streamroller