The Pontypridd Observer today carries an article which almost defies belief. It is headlined "protest group aiming to fight 'politics of austerity' about a new 'movement' known as the People's Assembly Against Austerity.
The article reads
"Its intention is to help develop support for UK co-ordinated initiatives such as a national demonstration against cuts to the NHS in Manchester."
Amongst those trying to set up an RCT and Bridgend group is a Labour community councillor for Pontyclun, Len Arthur who is quoted as saying
"We aim to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government. The Assembly aims to play a key role in ensuring that the government faces novelty if opposition broad enough to generate successful co-ordinated action, including strike action."
Also involved, surprise, surprise, is a whole raft of union convenors and representatives - some no doubt paid for out of the public purse via RCT Council.
Alongside them is the Chair of the so called RCT Ratepayers Action Group, who thus far have shown very little sign of any action in RCT.
Leaving aside the sheer naivety of their argument - a protest against NHS cuts, devolved issue, a matter for the Welsh Government - the Welsh Labour Government - this is nothing more than a thin veneer for the more militant Labour party members.
What next? Demonstrations, rallies, riots in the street? Attempts to over-rule the democratic process by mob rule? Like it or not Labour did not win the last general election. Will we see other Labour members joining in? What of the local MPs and AMs?
Everyone is entitled to hold and express their own views, but this sort of attempt to manipulate the public is little short of disgraceful.
Campaign Manager RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats