(A version of this article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain – No. 1781, dated 27.6.14, Page 3)
The current British government, a coalition of the Conservative and Liberal Democratic Party, is behaving in a thoroughly undemocratic fashion, and is riding rough-shod over the rights of the British working class, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, carers, the vulnerable, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, homosexuals, women, adherents of non-Christian religions, professionals who work in socialist institutions (such as schools and hospitals), animal rights supporters, environmental activists, and a plethora of other individuals and groups. This rightwing administration is of course, attacking the leftwing of the UK, and is encouraging racism, hatred toward the disabled, homophobia, sexism, and Christian fundamentalist extremism, and through its despicable policies, is trying to drive a wedge between all working class people and sympathetic campaigning groups and political movements. The ConDem Coalition has no democratic mandate as the British voter was not informed of their secret plan to eradicate Socialism within the UK. The ConDem Coalition came to power more or less by accident, and primarily due to ‘New’ Labour’s mishandling of their time in office. It has unleashed a vicious political regime of the people of Britain that has tried to separate and divide. The march through recent London march demonstrated that this policy has not worked and that the British people stand united against ‘Austerity’.
Many thousands gathered gather around the vicinity of the BBC building in the Oxford Circus area of London, all campaigning about particular aspects of the current UK government’s vicious policy of Welfare State cuts, and National Health Service privatisation. Unions gathered to protest the further corrosion of workers rights throughout the British workforce, and the demise of pensions, safe working conditions, employers rights, benefits withdrawal, and the policy of those receiving unemployment benefit, having to work for ‘free’ in various capitalist corporations throughout the land. Teachers Unions also emphasised the tripling of tuition fees, and the witling away of educational standards (through government cuts), and the ever present threat of the complete eradication of free education throughout the British education system.
The UK Communist Party movement was very well represented and proudly marched through the streets with red flags and banners prominently flying. One campaigner held up the flag of the International Brigade, (a voluntary leftwing military formation which contained many British Socialists), that fought in the Spanish Civil War. The communist presence within British politics continuously reminds the UK government of its responsibilities toward its own ordinary people, and that the direction of history lies with the workers and not the minority middle classes currently being privileged by a vicious, self-serving, rightwing administration, that is arbitrarily using its power to actively reverse all the progressive policies and institutions introduced into British society after WWII by a Socialist Labour Party.
The Conservative and Liberal Democratic Parties currently hold the reigns of power in the UK, through a technicality within the British ‘first past the post’ voting system. Many protestors made the point that although the progressive elements of the essentially leftwing British established were being systematically dismantled and destroyed, the actual government carry-out these policies, does not possess a truly democratic mandate to pursue such blatantly rightwing political policies, that are blatantly designed to attack the working class people of the UK who primarily relay upon these services. Time and again, placards and leaflets pointed out that no one voted for the privatisation of the NHS, or the dismantling of the Welfare State and the withdrawal of benefits paid to the vulnerable members of society.
Attention was drawn to the government’s policy of demonising people with disabilities, cutting or stopping their already meagre benefits, and instituting a policy of the dehumanising policy of making them disabled benefit claimants ‘compete’ for non-existing jobs, in an employment market that routinely discriminates against the employment of those with disabilities. Many others pointed-out the plight of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, who are treated as ‘non-human’ interlopers in the UK and often imprisoned without trial before being deported back to impoverished countries, many with a less than impressive human rights record, or controlled by extremist or highly unreliable governments. The hated Bedroom Tax was raised alongside the issue of the loss of social housing. The environmental damage inflicted by the method of ‘fracking’ was also a popular cause of discontent. These issues were presented in a broader context involving the removal of the civil rights UK workers, and the granting of ever more rights to the middle class and their managers. The successful march through London ended at Westminster, where there was a rally was held, pulling all the issues together. As usual, the rightwing dominated British media and press ignored this successful march, or gave it only minimal or cursory coverage.