Climate change and austerity with Naomi Klein

Austerity is a myth. It is being used as an excuse to force through Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, cuts in welfare benefits, cuts to education, library closures, privatisation of public health services.

Austerity is shifting money from the poor to the rich, creating a very unequal society.

Austerity is creating a growth in food banks.

Austerity is not applied equally to everyone.

Money was found to bail out the banks.

As we impose cuts under austerity we are less able to cope with the severity and frequency of intense weather events, as we found with the winter floods in England last winter, as New York found when Storm Sandy hit and New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit.

Under the long established principle of the polluter shall pay, should not the oil and coal companies pay for the cost of dealing with the damage of storms?

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