All You Offer Is A Day Out With Rentamob….

Frances Ryan waxes lyrical about the usual suspects having a paddy in London:

“Austerity kills” is printed on placards in block, black lettering, as crowds start to gather on Euston Road in London. It’s been six weeks since I first spoke to Ramona McCartney, one of the organisers behind Saturday’s national demonstration against austerity by the People’s Assembly, and this is the accumulation of what she describes to me as “months and months of planning”.

And what did it achieve, other than some overtime for the cops and some disruption to tourists and workers?

McCartney has heard the National Union of Teacher’s “block” of attendees alone is 10,000 people.

“We really feel the whole of the left are united behind us,” she says.

Shame they didn’t vote for the party they wanted to win in great enough numbers, then, eh?

The “simple message” behind their latest national demonstration is pitched around four key demands: health, homes, jobs and education. Two days before the event McCartney says that, in the light of the Panama tax revelations, they have modified the demands to also include David Cameron’s resignation.

Well, it has about as much chance of being realised as all the other demands, I suppose…

“People were angry already,” McCartney says. “This has given them something to mobilise around.”

Most of them never look all that mobile though…

“What do we want?” “Pies!” “When do we want them?” “NOW!”

When the People’s Assembly was set up, in February 2013, with an open letter to the Guardian – with signatories including John Pilger, Ken Loach and the then lesser known backbencher Jeremy Corbyn – its stated aim was “to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government”. The government – and main opposition – may have changed since then, but the need hasn’t.

Indeed it has changed. And not because people marched, but because they voted.

As the crowds gather in Trafalgar Square, cries of “Tories! Shame on you!” boom from the speaker’s stage. I pass a woman in an electric wheelchair. A few feet away is a cardboard sign with a handwritten call: “IDS down: 330 to go.”

If she’s fit enough to protest, she’s fit enough to work!

In what we’re routinely told is a climate of political apathy, this is tens of thousands of ordinary people challenging austerity. “So many people are disheartened by the political process. We offer something else,” McCartney says. “’Don’t sit around talking about it. Get out and do it.’”

People did. The election proved that. Your march? Not so much…

7 comments for “All You Offer Is A Day Out With Rentamob….

  1. wiggia
    May 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Most of them never look all that mobile though…

    Oh the irony, the austerity doesn’t include refuelling en route, note the handfull of cake the porker holds, must be feeling a bit peckish !

    • Brightside Bob
      May 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I’ve no idea, but… I suspect he’s a diabetic. needs his sugar fix yer see.

      • May 15, 2016 at 6:48 am


  2. Mr Angry
    May 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Rather the stereotypical socialist response, the “people” have voted the wrong way so the results must be overturned for their own good. It will not be a “revolution” just the “correction” of a mistake the non-SJW’s made. Of course, had they voted correctly these same people would be marching demanding that the opposition be crushed and sent for “re-education”…

  3. Errol
    May 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    There’s been no austerity. None. The state has wasted billions on projects we didn’t want or need.

    If these people had a brain – which they don’t, being Lefties – they would accept that big government is the problem.

    All they are is squealing spoiled children. If they want a society where everyone is equal, fly to North Korea or Venezuela. Just stop whining about the very system that keeps them fed and clothed here. I’m sick of them.

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

      I’d pay their airfare, willingly. They’d have to go as cargo, though.

  4. Hereward Unbowed.
    May 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

    The photo in the gruan is chilling, and very much reminds me of provos lined up and firing a salute act of defiance at the British government during the interment of one of theirs and when the British nation heaved with relief that, another one was going to hell.

    In the caption just below this photo advertisement, is the funny – and I quote: “‘There is no big party machine behind this … instead, about 5,000 people volunteer nationwide.’”

    “Volunteer” is it?

    “no party machine”? – and………….stop laughing at the back of the class!

    If, there was such a thing as a free press, still less – any investigative journalists remaining who were men of salt. A bloke cub reporter……..might just find out where the funding comes from for these said “volunteers”.

    Let me see here, funding probably is recycled via the EU union coffer fillers – ie and/but – it’s actually all your (UK) taxes.

    McCluskey, (and his monkeys in UNITE) is primarily a Communist agitator and Corbyn is his representative dogs body facilitator, where the lav party have been, are used as the vehicle for promulgating the new Socialist order and Brother you’ll like it – or else they will get very heavy on you – Tovarich.

    All they need to do now is, to persuade the British electorate to hold their noses – that they are wrong. But as we see in London, there is now, here in the UK – a new electorate and the party of God is coming, have they factored in this new direction – did they and when will they realize that liebore – like the male spider, after doing his duty – is always first on the menu?

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