Greens join thousands in demonstration against austerity

21 June 2014

Mark Dawes (left) and David Hamilton at the demonstration

Local members from Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party joined an estimated 50,000 people in a march against the austerity policies of this Government. The demonstration was organised by the People’s Assembly. The march, on Saturday June 21st, began outside the BBC in Portland Place and ended in Parliament Square, where they were addressed by speakers including Green MP Caroline Lucas, Owen Jones, Mark Steel and comedian Russell Brand.

March organisers chose the BBC as the starting point because the public broadcaster has been biased in its coverage of the economic policies of this Government, often supporting them while supposedly being neutral. And true to form, the BBC ignored the estimated 50,000 people who marched in front of their offices. The march ended at Parliament, as it has been the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government that has enacted the cruel and callous austerity policies.

The austerity policy has been an economic failure. It has slowed the recovery down and harmed the poorest and most vulnerable in society whilst benefiting the rich and powerful. The global financial crash was caused by the reckless greed of bankers and yet this Government seeks to reward the City of London but punish the young, the elderly, the disabled, the poorly paid, etc - none of whom were in any way responsible for the crash.

This demonstration shows people are angry about the destructive austerity policies that have seen public services cut, while the rich get richer” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party. “We are seeing more inequality, more poverty – what we need is genuine social justice that the Green Party advocate”, he added.