The Day We Marched – London – 20.10.12

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Britain is in the grip of a an ultra rightwing government that is attempting to turn back the Socialist Revolution of 1948 that saw a Labour Party that truly represented the people come to power in the wake of WWII.  The creation of the National Health Service (NHS) saw the end of ordinary people dying routinely from starvation and curable diseases.  The creation of universal education free to all saw for the first time working class people obtaining access not only to basic literacy skills, but also to the hallowed halls of higher education.  The Benefit System distributed a relatively small amount of the wealth that Britain had obtained through hundreds of years of colonial expansion and the spreading of misery around the globe.  The right for every person to be housed put an end to homelessness, and the Welfare State in general, initially funded by the dismantling of the British empire, was sustained by ongoing taxation.  The victory of British Socialism in the 1945 general election unleashed a wave of civility that at a stroke destroyed a major portion of class privilege that had existed for hundreds of years and lifted the Working Class out of the trap of institutional poverty and on to the road of economic and cultural development.  Since that time, the British Conservative Party has continuously moved ever further to the right of the political spectrum, seeking to destroy the Welfare State and return Britain to a position of stark class differences, deference and economic disparity.  In this task it has become ever more extreme and desperate.  The electoral victory of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 saw the beginning of the Conservative attack upon the Welfare State, the very same Socialist system of re-distribution that allowed working class people like Margaret Thatcher to believe that they were in fact Middle Class.  This irony has been lost on many modern Tories who refuse to acknowledge that the Welfare State has contributed to at least a certain number of them aspiring beyond their humble roots.

1979 also saw the demise of the Socialist Labour Party that had previously fought so hard for the rights and dignity of ordinary people in Britain.  As a certain proportion of the Working Class became mislead and deceived by the right wing press and media they were convinced that voting Tory was in their best interests.  This has led to the Labour Party taking on ever more Conservative behaviour and policy, leaning further to the right and refusing to reverse Tory cuts even when in power.  Britain today needs a Socialist Revolution.  The psychology of Britain is naturally Left Wing despite what the right wing press would prefer the people to believe.  It is a matter of naturally taking control of the reigns of power through whatever means is relevant to the times.  The right wing media controls much of the airwaves at the moment, but theirs is a false vision of a Britain that destroys itself through selfishness, ignorance, greed, and violence.  The right wing requires that every individual competes with one another, and through mutual hatred create a social hierarchy of privilege maintained through the threat of a politicised Police force, or even by the use of the military.  Not only this, but Britain today, mindlessly following the international behaviour of the United States of America, is embroiled in two wars that can not be won, and which may well break international law.  Furthermore, the current economic recession is the product of the right wing president George W Bush – whose mismanagement of the US economy has unleashed untold suffering upon the world.  This is at a time when the European Union appears to be adopting an American-style free market economic model that seeks to remove all Welfare provision and render whole communities and individuals vulnerable to abject poverty and violence.  The current right wing phenomena is nothing new – the British Daily Mail newspaper was opposed to women qualifying for unemployment benefit, and actually supported Adolf Hitler as he rose to power!  Despite this, this newspaper continues to circulate propagating its racism and ignorance to all who will take its message seriously.  Often it is the case that the right wing national newspapers control the publications of local newspapers – often given away free and funded by advertising, etc.  These local papers infiltrate virtually every part of modern life in the UK, and ensure that the right wing message exists just as loudly in the local domain, as it does in the national. 

We marched today to maintain internationalism and friendship across the world and to protest at the infiltration of the right wing into every day life.  We marched today to put a stop to racism, prejudice, and discrimination.  We marched today for all those who could not march and who will be the most damaged by this ruthless attack upon the British Welfare State perpetuated by Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democratic Party.  Due to the unpopularity of this government – who hold power due to an electoral statistical quirk – they have had to move quickly to present their ideologically motivated cuts in Public Services, the NHS, and the Welfare State.  This haste has led to badly thought out policy decisions that are probably not entirely legal, which have caused tremendous social damage and individual suffering.  There are so many stories today of people experiencing life threatening changes due to the behaviour of this ConDem government that they are difficult to sum-up in a single essay.  The detail of what is exactly happening in the UK at the moment would keep lawyers busy for many years.  Essentially, the Welfare State is being ruthlessly cut so that the ordinary people suffer as a consequence.  These cuts are illegal, and the effects of the cuts are illegal.  However, the money saved from welfare provision is being used to bail-out the greedy bankers who have misused the money they were entrusted with, and plunged the UK – one of the richest counties in the world – into poverty.  More than this, however, but the ConDem government, through these cuts, is paving the way for a tax cut for the rich – the class of people who can actually afford to pay tax.  Perhaps the most worrying attack is on the those people who have a disability, and who are dependent upon the Welfare State due to their health, or due to the discrimination that exists within UK society – which excludes them from the job market.    

We marched with the Socialists and the Communists, the Teachers and the Firemen, the Musicians and the Railway Workers, the Green Party and the foreign students – we all marched together as equals in our humanity.  The march was peaceful, good natured and attended by hundreds of thousands of people!  The Conservative Mayor of London – Boris Johnson – ensured a very heavy Police presence, but unlike the Student Demonstration, we were not kettle-drummed or baton charged, although there were plenty of batons in clear view.  The Police were dressed in riot over-alls and military style boots, obviously prepared for a riot – but despite the numbers, no riot materialised.  The sheer numbers the marchers represented spoke for itself.  The government controlled media may choose to ignore this march, or play it down, but the government knows that in the next election, the people will vote them out of office.  On this day we marched as comrades!

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2012.



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