False Economy goes live
The new cuts campaign website has gone live today. The TUC is a strong supporter, and we have been working with a group of local campaigners and on-line activists for the last few months, to make it a reality.
I’ve got the first blog post on the site setting out in more detail what the site is all about.
The site is encouraging people to post information about cuts, provide testimony about their effects, link up and help local campaigns and make the case for alternative routes to deficit reduction.
We are particularly proud of the launch video featuring Sam West.
FalseEconomy has no pretensions about being a new organisation or providing leadership to the campaign against the cuts.
Instead it recognises that the campaign is developing as a bottom-up grass-roots campaign. I seem to remember writing sometime after the general election that while that had not turned into the internet election that many had predicted, it may well be that the campaign against the government’s cuts would be the first great UK internet campaign.
The way the student and anti-tax avoidance protests have snowballed (to use a topical weather analogy) in the last few weeks demonstrates that potential.
That’s not to say that more formal organisations (rather like the stuffy old TUC) no longer have a place. Indeed False Economy may be where this comes together with the new campaigning.
We have always said that the strength of the cuts campaign will depend on its ability to build the broadest possible alliance against the cuts programme. That will mean working with all kinds of formal organisations (as we did at the rally on the eve on the Spending Review) and will do so at the March for the Alternative in March.
But it will also mean recognising that the kind of informal and spontaneous campaigning that social media make possible is now a permanent part of national life. By its nature, it’s not going to be drawn into formal alliances. But while some of it will doubtless miss the point or engage in tactics of which we would not approve it’s now going to be an important form and voice for opposing the coalition’s programme.