Thousands of people have come together in London to march on Parliament in an anti-government protest. A protest which was reported on the BBC as a demonstration against the UK government policies.
Organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity a statement on their Facebook page invited “everyone – from campaigns and community groups across the country, from the trade unions, from political parties, and any individual – to come together in one massive show of strength and solidarity. We’re marching against a Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. We’re marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all.”
This demonstration has been photographed and reported by the media however it seems that the government are still burying their head in the sand. A single line at the bottom of the BBC report saying, “Downing Street did not want to comment on the protest.”
It seems that nothing has been learned over the last few months when the country has been crying out for leadership and instead got soundbites and photo ops. Kensington and Chelsea Council holding meetings in secret to the point of closing a meeting rather than let anyone from outside hear them talk about the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Deals behind closed doors to shore up a government that is becoming more and more removed from those it supposedly represents, on a daily basis. The cheering when the public sector pay cap was retained has alienated many who admire and are grateful to so many of our public sector workers.
Westminster Bridge, Manchester, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower, we all watched in horror and thanked our lucky stars for the professionalism and sheer heart of those who ran towards the danger to rescue the victims of these tragedies. They deserve our respect, our gratitude and most of all they deserve a decent living wage.
What they don’t deserve is a government who cheers when it succeeds in restricting their wages and a government who will not acknowledge a public display of discontent on the scale of the demonstration today.
Photograph courtesy of Evening Standard