“An estimated 50,000 people marched from the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in central London to Westminster.
A spokesman for the People’s Assembly, which organised the march, said the turnout was “testament to the level of anger there is at the moment”.
He said that Saturday’s action was “just the start”, with a second march planned for October in conjunction with the Trades Union Congress, as well as strike action expected next month.
People’s Assembly spokesman Clare Solomon said: “It is essential for the welfare of millions of people that we stop austerity and halt this coalition government dead in its tracks before it does lasting damage to people’s lives and our public services.””
“The People’s Assembly was set up with an open letter to the Guardian in February 2013. Signatories to letter included Tony Benn, who died in March this year, journalist John Pilger and filmmaker Ken Loach.
In the letter, they wrote: “This is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government.
“The assembly will provide a national forum for anti-austerity views which, while increasingly popular, are barely represented in parliament.”
The Metropolitan police refused to provide an estimate. A police spokesman said the force had received no reports of arrests.
A spokesman for the prime minister declined to comment.”
GR Comment: “One person in a ‘think tank’ (lobbyist) comes up with a load of bollocks and it gets all over the BBC; yet housands march through the capital and they pretend not to notice.
A snapshot of why politics and the institutions of the nation are fucked and beyond hope.”
GR Comment: “Indeed! Austerity hasn’t reduced debt. The debt is now higher that at any time in this country’s known history.
This country has more wealth than ever before. But it’s going to a few at the top (inequality) while the people who do the actual work to create that wealth get austerity. Majority of people on benefits are actually working!
No wonder the 1% want to buy water cannon to protect themselves.”
GR to GR: “You disgust me. Many people have been plunged into misery and hopelessness as a result of this government’s policies – yet you make smug, callous remarks about people who care enough to get out on the streets. There is a huge amount of anger and frustration in British society about what is being inflicted on the country by politicians who are making the poor and vulnerable pay for a crisis not of their making. At the same time enormous sums of money are flowing into the business and financial world from the public coffers. The rich have never had it so good and they know it. No wonder the majority of the media want to keep the Tories in power – they serve the rich and powerful very well.”
GR Comment: “And meanwhile Bill and Kate get 4 million of tax payers’ money to do up Kensington Palace”
GR Comment: “…and an £8 million ‘Executive’ helicopter.”
AND Pride on his Tom Tom
BBC and press ignore massive demonstration against austerity in London
WATCOR says –
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GovWatch: Well at least the debate is a lively one even if the BBC pooh poohed the march. Thanks to NLAT for the link