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Not one more day - London 1st July 2017

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by friendofdorothy, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

  2. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    I'm going! On me tod I think...think it'll be a big one
     
  3. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I'll be there taking photos as I always am.

    I think it will be quite big.
     
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  4. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

    I'm going
     
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  5. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Is it worth trying to meet up?
     
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  6. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

    we can try:cool: I'll pm my number
     
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  7. spitfire

    spitfire scouting party

    I'm going.
     
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  8. AuntiStella

    AuntiStella no longer available

    I want to go but it's Saturday after a really stressful week so I doubt I'll be able to get myself going.
     
  9. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I'll have a shout for you.
     
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  10. Signal 11

    Signal 11 Ich bin maroon!

    I'm there.
     
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  11. spitfire

    spitfire scouting party

    Up the front wearing a st Pauli. T shirt if anyone wants to say hello.
     
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  12. AuntiStella

    AuntiStella no longer available

    i was right. still in my dressing gown, drinking coffee and listening to music.

    Give them hell!!
     
  13. YouSir

    YouSir Look out Laika, it's Earth.

    Good turnout? Working today so couldn't make it.
     
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  14. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Pretty big - a lot of people came down, it seems. 30-40K?
     
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  15. spitfire

    spitfire scouting party

    Yeah seemed large. I have some photos will post up at some point when I've got a minute.
     
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  16. spitfire

    spitfire scouting party

    (I stayed for the speeches :oops: )
     
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  17. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    I was there. I wasn't going to come but got offered a free train ticket yesterday.

    I thought it was a bit more lively than the other nation demonstrations over the last few years. Don't know if that was because it was smaller (due to short notice I assume) or if the current sitiation means it had a bit more meaning and purpose.
     
  18. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    That was fun! Good to meet up with Fingers Maharani Mation and Miss-Shelf

    Difficult to estimate numbers, but parliment sq was full, so it looked like a good turnout with great mix of old/young and all sorts of people there from all over the country. I got talking to lots of people from Manchester and Liverpool. There was friendly positive atmosphere.

    Us too - well a lot of them as we needed a beer and loo break in the middle. I found it was so difficult to hear anything clearly.
     
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  19. spitfire

    spitfire scouting party

  20. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

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  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp

    With what?
     
  23. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    I don't believe that being a Corbyn fan means one has given up all independent thought tbh. Stopped reading once it became clear that the author thinks liking a politician equates to cultism.

    Chanting is good btw
     
  24. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp

    Well said
     
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  25. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I find the oh jeremy corbyn stuff a bit grating now but people are happy and feeling that they have some support, let them be. It's not as if you can't do that and also be aware of the potential downsides and political realities.

    It wasn't particularly "middle class" (what is this, the Telegraph?) - there was a big union presence and people from all sorts of groups.
     
  26. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I couldn't hear most of what was said from the rally - but I did catch something about how it wasn't party polical.
    I met plenty of 'working class' people from all over - lots of trade unionists and NHS workers, and lots of anti racist/ pro refugee support. There was a big Justice for Grenfell bloc there too.

    Lots of random people talked to me as I was wearing a STILL HATE THATCHER tshirt which encouraged lots of others to to tell me of their hatred of Thatcherism too. A chap from Manchester who told me about his mate who even now likes to get up an hour early so he can hate her for an extra hour a day. I had a lot of fun, and I haven't enjoyed a rally so much in years.

    I'm not sure I would equate the 'ooh jeremy Corbyn' thing to a cult, well not yet anyway. I think its been such a long since any politican has been so popular or simply likable - obviously young people have never known anything like it before. Corbyn has been an ignored voice for so long but comes across as heart-felt and consistant to his socialist values - people are listening now and they seem to like what he says. People are fed up to the back teeth of tory-fucking-neoliberal-austerity-thatcherite-shite and his speeches sound like fresh new ideas (or 30 years old ideas to those of us with long memories) I'm well used to shouting politicans names in anger or mockery 'maggie maggie maggie - out out out!' or 'Lilley is a Mary na na na na nah na! Portillo is a poofer na na etc' or '----- --- shame on you!' but I can't ever recall a MP's names being chanted in admiration, has it happened before?

    I not sure if Corbyn will ever get to be PM but at least he has dragged the centre of Westminster rhetoric a bit to the left, and changed the nature of our national debate.
     
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  27. phillm

    phillm Trolling through Life (TM)

    We're on Day 5 now....:)
     
  28. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

    What is the meaning/significance of Portillo is a poofer (sic)?
     
  29. Tom A

    Tom A Goat among sheep

    Stopped reading when I found out he's an anarchist (cue brickbats). :D

    Anyway, I was there (got a free train ride via Unite). Found it to be a pretty uplifting event and readily joined in with the "oh Jeremy Corbyn" (which I found more appealing to ears than the usual hackneyed cliches one usually hears being chanted on A to B marches). Didn't bother with the speeches, we were on the tube and on our way to the pub after ten minutes of getting to Parliament Square (our train back was just over two hours away and we wanted to avoid the crush on the tube). Enjoyed it, although I am surprised about the lack of information regarding how many were actually there, all I could get was the BBC and Evening Standard saying "thousands" of people, and the following day the People's Assembly said there was "over 100,000" - although I was expecting it to be several hundreds of thousands, it seemed better attended than the Save our NHS demo a few months back.
     
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  30. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    It was what we queer folk chanted outside parliament when they were voting on changing the age of consent for gay men in 1994 and 2001. Rumour at the time was that both Portillo and Lilley, and various other well known Tories, were closet cases. Portillo voted for 'section 28' in Thatchers govt in 1988 and against its repeal in the '90s.

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    just found this on OutRage! London -- Recruitment
    "Portillo screws queer soldiers" banner in Parliament Square
    Image Copyright: Steve Mayes, 1996
     
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