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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’?

That Rally then

So, that rally. Yes I went, and yes it was my first ever demo… and by all accounts I wasn’t the only one breaking that particular cherry on Saturday.

My impressions of the day? Not a huge turnout (The Met said approx 350 people; a petition being passed around is said to have collected 400 signatures) but then again I can’t say I was expecting anything huge. Among those who did show up were Helen, Devil’s Kitchen, Bella Gerens, Dick Puddlecote, Penny Dreadful, Katabasis, Mark Wallace, Old Holborn, Olly Cromwell and members of the LPUK. The Facebook group might have 1,400 plus likes but there is no way on earth that such numbers are ever going to translate into boots on the ground. Clicking a button is easy, getting to London for a Saturday morning on your own dime isn’t necessarily so.

We even managed some light relief in the shape of about half a dozen anti-protestors.

More! Faster George Deeper @OldHolborn meets the public Protestors in front of @the_tpa debt clock #rallyagainstdebt
A Monster Raving Loony The opposition #rallyagainstdebt Burning the symbol of the enemy

I didn’t hear much of the brief speeches made by Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes), Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Priti Patel MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Witham, Harry Cole, (Total Politics), Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Bill Cash MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Stone, Martin Durkin, documentary filmmaker and Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP South Eastern Region as I was at the back of the crowd behind all of the placards when they were going on. A note to the organisers: next time get a better sound system sorted out.

Then, when it was all done, we decamped to the Westminster Arms and proceeded (in my case anyway) to consume far too much alcohol.

Was it a success? The Left said no and proceed to laugh at us for what they considered to be a pathetically low turnout. That didn’t however stop them talking about it. There were plenty of members of the MSM around, including some from everyone’s favourite state broadcaster and their print wing so, to paraphrase Guido, if it was a publicity stunt it was certainly a successful one given that it generated publicity well beyond it’s size, even trending on twitter at one point.

The big question though is where does it go from here? If it isn’t followed up on then it will have been for naught.

Reminder: Rally Against Debt

Not that I think that many readers of this blog need the reminder but for those who do the Rally is tomorrow (Saturday 14th).

Where: Old Palace Yard, Westminster
When: 1100 – 1400

  • Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes)
  • Mark Littlewood, Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance
  • Martin Durkin, documentary film maker and activist

Barring something unforeseen I shall be there – and then no doubt in a pub somewhere afterwards. Hope to see you there.

Rally against Debt

Many of you may have heard about this already via various social media outlets but for those who haven’t Rally against Debt is a response to those misguided individuals in the UK Uncut who seem to think that the money tree is never going to run out.

The organisers describe it as follows:

A well mannered, polite rally for civilised people who don’t wish to see their hard earned money being spent on pointless government initiatives and instead would like government spending to actually fall and our national debt to be cut.

We don’t think that it’s fair for us to continue borrowing money to live a lifestyle that we simply can’t afford – burdening our children with unnecessary debt that they will have to pay back.

Any visits to Fortnum and Mason’s by protesters will only be to marvel at their selection of quality goods and perhaps make the occasional purchase.

Bonfires will be strictly forbidden: it’s out of season anyway.

Trips to see Vodafone and other high street chains will result in congratulations to the company for providing jobs and growth in the UK.

The march will be in London on 14th May 2011 from 1100 and although I doubt that the numbers will reach those bussed into town by the TUC on 26th March it will be good to show that there are some of us who understand that the current climate of spending, as continued by the new government, is not sustainable.

Hope to see you there.

Twitter: #RallyAgainstDebt or #RAD