A huge number of people were on the streets in the UK today, protesting against the austerity policies of our vile Tory government. The media reported that the London march had well over 100,000, possibly 250,000, people on it. (The Guardian’s numbers were among the lowest, the Independent confidently went with a higher figure.)
I am a veteran demo-goer, and I thought today’s crowd was younger, and less affiliated to specific organisations (unions, left wing parties, or whatever) than usual. That’s good.
A friend was playing in the terrific Bloco Liberdade band, made up of members of Eri Okan, the London School of Samba, Barulho and the Brighton School of Samba, so I walked with them. They had some fine rhythm, and attracted more and more drummers, dancers, and people who just liked joining in, in the three hours it took to march from the City of London to Parliament Square.
Today’s demo seemed important as an indication of the way people might react to the brutal onslaught on social and health services now planned by the hate-filled Eton schoolboys running the government. The political dilemmas faced by this movement in the UK (where I live) is not something I’ve covered on this blog … just because we can’t all write about everything that’s important, well I can’t anyway. I have been to some meetings organised by Plan C (who were also looking lively on the demo today). There’s been an interesting debate about where things are going in the UK, with an article by Plan C and a response by the Angry Workers of the World. GL, 20 June 2015