Friday, 12 October 2012


I am writing to encourage people in Kent and Medway to attend the TUC march for A Future that Works, beginning at 11.00am on the Embankment in London, and going to Hyde Park (1).

Why should people from Kent attend this march?

Because we have a Coalition Government that is cutting essential services and useful employment and not even trying to collect the taxes which would prevent such cuts. Tax evasion and avoidance is costing this country about £100 billion per year. Every public sector job loss means a loss of spending in our local economy, leading on average to one private sector job loss. Our empty shopfronts in our town centres, and local unemployment rates, show the consequences of the Coalition.

In short, Kent Green Party believes the Coalition Government is responsible for the double-dip recession which is afflicting our County not the previous Government, or the Eurozone.

The Coalition could employ more tax officials to collect taxes on time. It could raise cigarette and alcohol duty and not force £20 billion of cuts on the NHS in England and Wales. It could raise Air Passenger Duty, add new council tax bands at the top of the scale, close tax havens on UK territory(2) and raise the top rate of income tax back to 50p in the £ for the highest paid.

The Coalition could stop being a Government by the rich, for the rich. Demonstrating on 20th October in large numbers will send a clear message.

Yours sincerely

Steve Dawe

1. SEE, for full details:
2. A significant number of the world’s tax havens, home to tax evasion and the movement of money from organised crime, are on UK territory. They include: Antigua, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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