BBC and press ignore massive demonstration against austerity in London

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

If you were in the centre of London today you might have noticed 50,000 people taking part in a massive march against the government’s austerity policies:

no more austerity photo from People’s Assembly

If you did notice, you’re doing better than most of the UK press who seem to have entirely missed it.

It seems the BBC are capable of tracking down a single Scot in Brazil who cheered a goal against England but fail to notice 50,000 demonstrating on their doorstep.

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  1. untynewear

    > The BBC might not have noticed, but some overseas media picked up on it… its coming to something when you have to go to Russian media to find out about a protest in London

    Irate monks & angry unions: 1,000s rally in London against govt austerity

    Source – RT.com

    http://rt.com/news/167532-uk-anti-austerity-march/

    A “no more austerity” march is gearing up in the British capital and RT’s Sara Firth says tens of thousands have already come to demand an alternative to the “greed and selfishness” of the Con-Dem coalition.

    The rally, which also includes a festival, was called by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, an broad coalition of anti-government groups that embraces trade unions and other campaigners.

    “Living standards continue to drop, forcing millions into poverty, yet the politicians remain addicted to austerity,” the rally’s web page said.

    Assembling on the doorstep of the BBC’s offices in London, the demonstrators are to march to the Houses of Parliament to demand that “the alternative to austerity” is no longer ignored. The advertised speakers include Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, one of the two biggest UK trade unions, Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party and Russell Brand, the anti-establishment comedian.

    The diverse march has even been joined by Franciscan monks.

    Anglican Franciscan monks in their traditional brown robes were at the forefront of the protest with trade unions and campaign groups to demand an alternative to the British government’s austerity program.

    “Christianity places a quite firm obligation from those who have more to share to look after those who have less,” Brother Robert, of the Franciscan order, told the leftist Morning Star newspaper.

    “At the moment the government seems to promote an atmosphere that is rather, well, different,” added the monk, employing characteristic British understatement.

    Brand came to prominence in UK politics in October 2013, when he called in a TV interview for worldwide “socialist revolution” against the status quo and dismissed the idea of voting for the current political parties represented in the UK parliament.

    While one left-wing novelist, Joan Smith, dismissed his performance as “adolescent waffle,” a columnist for the Independent, Simon Kelner, defended him saying: “It sounded rather attractive, even if it wasn’t exactly worked through.”

    The anti-austerity protest takes place as the largest-ever study into deprivation in Britain revealed that poverty is getting worse, and even working families are now struggling to make ends meet.

    The Poverty and Social Exclusion project found that more than 500,000 children are living in families who can’t afford to feed them properly and 5.5 million adults have to go without essential clothing.

  2. Bring back immediately women's state pension at 60 / Loss of state pension for life from 2016

    So The Greens were at an anti-austerity march when the only council The Greens rule, Brighton, they joined with the Tories enacting Austerity.

    Where was the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition that actually offers government without austerity and welfare reform aka abolition of the welfare state?

    Why did the trade unions not bring along their own political party, TUSC?

    See the banned TUSC video on my personal website that might have brought in scores of anti-austerity councillors already on May 22 in councils:
    http://www.theswansnewparty.org.uk

    Austerity will not end with the current political class, but trade unions could change Labour long before 2015, so that they do not suffer the fate of a minority government but win a landslide victory. Over 35 million voters did not vote Labour in last two general elections and 2015 looks set to be the lowest voter turnout in UK history.

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