Thought for the Day

penny_dreadful said, in response to the last post:

If I see the phrase ‘pro-cuts march’ one more time…

Which finally made me realise what it was that had been getting my goat about some of the media and other coverage of the Rally Against Debt. It was described as a ‘pro-government’ rally. But we weren’t.

Why not?

Lets consider the positions of the two campaigns:

  • Uk Uncut wants spending on services to increase.
  • RAD wants spending to decrease so that we might begin to start reducing our National Debt.

Government spending is (as those who haven’t been blinded by the lies know) going up. Yes, spending on some services is coming down but total government spending will be higher in 2015 than it was in 2010.

On that basis, which campaign is ‘pro-government’?


  1. JuliaM says:

    “It was described as a ‘pro-government’ rally. But we weren’t.”

    What do you want from journalists, research or something..? ;)

    • Misanthrope Girl says:

      It would be nice but sadly such an approach to the job apparently died off years ago.

  2. Ed P says:

    I went and thought it was basically anti big government. Also anti EU membership, if the UKIP presence is considered. But never mind the antis – it was a great positive rally and the media picked up on that aspect. The coverage exceeded expectations and was fantastic with so few there.
    Were you in The Westminster Arms afterwards? I was chatting there to OH & Guido for a bit, until the alcohol kicked in…

    PS: why Misanthrope rather than Misanthropic – is that just to annoy pedants like me? Ha ha

    • Misanthrope Girl says:

      Aye, I was in the Westminster Arms afterwards. Drank far too much and talked to more people than I can possibly remember to name check. When that broke up I recall adjourning to the Red Lion for one more before going home.

      As for the use of Misanthrope rather than Misanthropic there is a simple explanation: ‘MisanthropicGirl’ is one character too long to use as a twitter handle and that account came before this blog.