The Cornwall bloc arrived in Hyde Park just before 4pm and had to leave at 5pm for another incredibly long coach journey home. Most of the speakers took a general Labour Party line that some cuts were necessary and that the deficit did need to be tackled. The only exception was Dot Gibson from the National Pensioners Convention. She rightly reminded the crowd that much of the groundwork for the current government's privatisation plans had been laid by New Labour and the implication of what she was saying wad that we should not rely on the Labour Party to solve our problems.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Today we march together, tomorrow we must strike together!
Trade unionists, activists, campaigners and concerned individuals from all over the country converged on Central London for the TUC 'March for the Alternative' yesterday. Estimates ranged from 250,000 to 750,000, so half a million seems like a good bet. There were around five or six coaches from Cornwall organised by the trade unions: NUT, GMB, Unison and Unite and members of the PCS also went up on a train from Exeter. The first coach left Cornwall at 3:30am. The NUT, Unite and Unison opened their coaches to members of the public and the NUT sent two coaches. At one point it looked like they might send three.