A bit of bother as the BBC have only reported this a day late after complaints
I just called the BBC on 02087438000 and spoke to a nice chap who said he’d been inundated with calls about the Austerity Demo yesterday. He seemed generally interested to know why he was getting so many calls on a normally quiet Sunday morning so I explained the reason was that the BBC had failed to report anywhere, on TV or their websites, that 50,000 people started this march outside the BBC’s London office. He gave me the number for Audience Services 03700100222 who answe…
Tens of thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday afternoon in protest at austerity measures introduced by the coalition government. The demonstrators gathered before the Houses of Parliament, where they were addressed by speakers, including comedians Russell Brand and Mark Steel.
An estimated 50,000 people marched from the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in central London to Westminster.
“The people of this building [the House of Commons] generally speaking do not represent us, they represent their friends in big business. It’s time for us to take back our power,” said Brand.
“This will be a peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution and I’m very grateful to be involved in the People’s Assembly.”
“Power isn’t there, it is here, within us,” he added. “The revolution that’s required isn’t a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have.”
A spokesman for the People’s Assembly, which organised the march, said the turnout was “testament to the level of anger there is at the moment”.
He said that Saturday’s action was “just the start”, with a second march planned for October in conjunction with the Trades Union Congress, as well as strike action expected next month.
People’s Assembly spokesman Clare Solomon said: “It is essential for the welfare of millions of people that we stop austerity and halt this coalition government dead in its tracks before it does lasting damage to people’s lives and our public services.”
Sam Fairburn, the group’s national secretary, added: “Cuts are killing people and destroying cherished public services which have served generations.”
Activists from the Stop The War Coalition and CND also joined the demonstration.
The crowds heard speeches at Parliament Square from People’s Assembly supporters, including Caroline Lucas MP and journalist Owen Jones. Addressing the marchers, Jones said: “Who is really responsible for the mess this country is in? Is it the Polish fruit pickers or the Nigerian nurses? Or is it the bankers who plunged it into economic disaster – or the tax avoiders? It is selective anger.”
He added: “The Conservatives are using the crisis to push policies they have always supported. For example, the sell-off of the NHS. They have built a country in which most people who are in poverty are also in work.”
The People’s Assembly was set up with an open letter to the Guardian in February 2013. Signatories to letter included Tony Benn, who died in March this year, journalist John Pilger and filmmaker Ken Loach.
In the letter, they wrote: “This is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government.
“The assembly will provide a national forum for anti-austerity views which, while increasingly popular, are barely represented in parliament.”
The Metropolitan police refused to provide an estimate. A police spokesman said the force had received no reports of arrests.
A spokesman for the prime minister declined to comment.
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010
I always loved going to Stonehenge as a kid, and it has something. Its better in my memories though than the last time I was actually there.
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After several complaints BBC finally admits its happened? And also only 25 secs of video.
Perhaps they sent the office boy or girl out with a camcorder 😉
At least it was reported on C4. How are people to make any other conclusion than that it was deliberately suppressed. Strange. Buy not reporting it though it is likely that the publicity over the longer term will be greater as many people are now likely to start asking questions.
Disturbing that this was not reported on the public service channel at the time.
Still no official explanation.
Define success, what is it really? Much of what we desire materially we don’t really need though it might well make us feel better, though often not for very long and then we “need” some new thing.
My life seems like a perpetual drawn game (bad sporting analogy, it being world cup and all that), mostly you gain a little then you lose a little, then things pop back to a state of equilibrium but actually its really just entropy when you view it from a more distant perspective. A bit like spread betting in a way, as you think your actually making a gain but statistically on average your not. My frustrations in life mostly come from the fact that due to the state of my mental health if I push myself to try and realize my potential at some point the fuse go’s and I don’t quite make it. My decision making is often flawed as the underlying mental weather can start brewing up a storm which I am not aware of and i get blown off course. This happens less then it used to as I am more aware of it now, but being aware does not confer the ability to transcend the problem, as you can’t really step outside of your head generally speaking, paradoxically even when you are “out of your head”
I have been lucky enough to make choices that have allowed me to survive but perhaps not always those that would make me thrive and often there’s a big gulf between those.
On the level of my artistic pretensions with regard to music I have managed to do one or two things that I am quite pleased with along the way and perhaps that’s as good as it gets. I would like to do more but just can’t keep up the energy, as I don’t have the obsession and or drive that’s needed and trying to force myself usually is counterproductive. On top of that I often seem to hold several conflicting views at any one time which could be interpreted as lack of commitment or some form of dilettantism I suppose?
Not sure what I am trying to say here to be honest.