Horse trading between the Liberals and Tories over what goes into the Budget (21 March) has begun.
Rumour has it the Liberals will “relax” their commitment to the 50% top rate of income tax. Rumour has it Ed Balls is also getting supine on the issue.
The Liberals want to trade the top rate for a so-called “mansion tax” — higher council tax for big houses. Boris Johnson is heavily lobbying against that one, on behalf of London property owners. But what’s the betting the Liberals will roll over on all “principles” in the end.
In a world when “principles” always give way to a pathetic and disgusting concern not to “upset” the rich, you know you need Solidarity to keep you on the right track.
We have no vested interests to horse-trade — no property, no investment portfolio, no great sources of income. But that is how you know when you help us in our appeal you will be backing something worthwhile.
We need money to continue publishing Solidarity as a weekly, improve our website, organise events such as our Ideas for Freedom summer school, and for a host of other costs.
* Taking out a monthly standing order to the AWL. There is a form at www.workersliberty.org/resources and on this page. (Even a few pounds a month really does help.)
* Making a donation. You can send it to us at the address below (cheques payable to “AWL”) or do it online at www.workersliberty.org/donate.
* Organising a fundraising event.
* Taking copies of Solidarity to sell at your workplace, university/college or campaign group.
* Getting in touch to discuss joining the AWL.
For more information on any of the above, contact us: tel. 07796 690 874 / firstname.lastname@example.org / AWL, 20E Tower Workshops, 58 Riley Road, SE1 3DG.
Total raised so far: £9,787
We raised £454 this week from donations and new standing orders. Thanks to Mark, Laura, Christine, Mick, Rosie, Miles and Tom.