An anti-government protest placard is seen outside Downing Street during a march to protest against the British government's spending cuts and austerity measures in London on June 20, 2015. The national demonstration against austerity was organised by People's Assembly against government spending cuts.   AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

An anti-government protest placard is seen outside Downing Street during a march to protest against the British government’s spending cuts and austerity measures in London on June 20, 2015. The national demonstration against austerity was organised by People’s Assembly against government spending cuts. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

Well, let us pause in complete shock as the Tories institute more cutting of public services and benefits.  You may have heard that Austerity is the new black in terms of doing shitty things to societies.  Austerity has destroyed Greece and rightly the people of Britain are fighting back.

“Thousands of demonstrators staged an anti-austerity march in London on Saturday, in the first major public protest since Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron won a general election.

Opposition politicians, trade union bosses and celebrities were among the crowds marching through the capital’s financial district.

Protesters called for the halting and reversal of spending cuts imposed by the previous coalition government and further measures proposed by finance minister George Osborne.

“We have seen a huge impact on our work at primary school,” said Sian Bloor, 45, a teacher from Trafford near Manchester.

“I regularly bring clothes and shoes for children and biscuits for their breakfast, just so they get something to eat. You can see how children are being affected by the cuts.” Bloor said.”

The wealth from the Regan-Thatcher era STILL hasn’t trickled down.  This must be some very sticky money as seems to be residing in the hands of the upperclass and corporations who have gerrymandered the British polity to benefit them and screw the rest of society.

“Placard-waving protesters marched from the Bank of England and filed past the nearby Royal Exchange, as the sound of drummers filled the air, creating a festival atmosphere.

Some of the placards read: “Austerity Doesn’t Work”, “No to Cuts”, “Get the Tories Out” and “Austerity is Class War”.

“It will be the start of a campaign of protest, strikes, direct action and civil disobedience up and down the country,” said Sam Fairbairn of organisers the People’s Assembly.

“We will not rest until austerity is history, our services are back in public hands and the needs of the majority are put first.” Fairbairn said.”

The message from the people is always the same – more equal distribution of wealth, reinstatement of public utilities and welfare.  The stuff that makes society prosper and run well.   Of course, given the current neo-liberal fetish the Western world is stuck in, all of these things are the darkest of evils.

“Cameron clinched an unexpected election victory on May 7 that gave his centre-right Conservative party an outright majority in parliament for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The victory was widely seen as an endorsement of the Conservatives’ austerity programme and is likely to see a continuation of cuts to public spending as they seeks to curb a budget deficit of nearly $140 billion.”

Let us hope for another election soon in Britain, perhaps people will get their priorities straight then.

[Source:Al-Jazeera]

 

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