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"It's our NHS" demo

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by brogdale, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    No doubt many Urbz were there; seemed like a pretty large demo?

    A couple of pics, including the marching "Nostalgia' steel band who were excellent throughout...

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  2. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I was there. It was pretty huge - many tens of thousands, if not hundreds. All the usual issue around A-B marches apply here of course.
     
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  3. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    Seemed like a distinct lack of LP MP presence...apart from Corbyn obviously.
     
  4. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    of all the post-2008 delayed reactions this current crises is one- exacerbated deliberately by Lansleys health and social care act. Ridden with pfi debt accrued from before that.

    I see the beeb managed to cover it briefly under a headline of NI electoral results.

    would have liked to have been there but ironically, I'm ill.

    See the one thing I get is that they are deliberatley running it down (at human life cost) in order to make privatisation on the main level seem acceptable (but no doubt keeping that NHS 'brand label') it worked with the rail and slowly but slowly worked with the post office. But the NHS? Surely they can't get away with another carve up- on this scale, the lands, the machines, the 'customer base'. Surely people will be asking what they pay their fucking stamps for
     
  5. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Was there with a small contingent from our union. Always hard to tell when you're in the thick of it, though crowds certainly seemed dense. Heard reports of 250k; it was announced on stage that was the police's estimate, though BBC are just attributing it to "organisers' claims".
     
  6. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Probably because UNISON refused to support it. I couldn't make it as I have been a bit under the whether and needed some rest.
     
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  7. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    I thought the police had stopped giving estimates. :hmm:
     
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  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Tbh I have never judged a march by the number of MPs on it.
     
  9. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Did we...? There was definitely one representative from UNISON speaking at the pre-march rally, though I can't remember who. There were also a number of branches present, so I guess even if head office didn't officially support it many of us will did! :D

    No idea :confused: BBC did say there were no 'official' figures.
     
  10. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    Me neither; just struck me that those claiming to represent the party of the NHS might have bothered to get off their arses for the march/rally.
     
  11. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    What's the Unison position all about, then?
     
  12. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    As far as I know UNISON was not supporting it at a national level. But individual branches probably still could.

    I am pretty sure the police stopped giving estimates as it screwed up my syatem of taking the size of a demo to be the average of the plice figure and the SWP figure.
     
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  13. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Not sure, just heard they were not supporting it.
     
  14. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    Can't really imagine any good reason for such a position.
     
  15. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    1/4 million seems realistic given the time taken for the tail of the march to reach Parl Sq.
     
  16. chilango

    chilango rdgXhc

    Didn't even know it was happening :(
     
  17. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    When was that? We lucked out and got there reasonably early so there was still space to move into, but looked like it got pretty crammed as the afternoon went on.
     
  18. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  19. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    Still entering the Sq. when Corbyn was speaking.
     
  20. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

  21. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Ahem
     
  22. teqniq

    teqniq DisMembered

    Complete lack of reportage in the MSM. Again.
     
  23. chilango

    chilango rdgXhc

    :oops:
     
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