100,000-300,000 march in London against Conservative-terrorist coalition government


This video from England says about itself:

People’s Assembly London march against the Tories, 1st July 2017

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Anti-Tory rally draws 100,000 to Westminster

Monday 3rd July 2017

People’s assembly demo piles pressure on PM

MORE than 100,000 people from across the country marched through central London at the weekend demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The demonstration, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, gathered at BBC headquarters before heading to Parliament Square.

There they were addressed by a range of speakers including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who told protesters: “The Tories are in retreat. Austerity is in retreat.”

A minute’s silence was held for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, along with a minute’s applause for the firefighters and other emergency service workers who tackled the fire and helped those caught up in it.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack told the crowd how firefighters put their lives at risk to protect the lives of others.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis promised to smash the public-sector pay cap.

“Austerity will only end when we get decent wages for public-sector workers,” he said.

“When they come for the poor, the old and the sick, we will not look the other way.”

Ms May was warned that the demonstration was her “eviction notice” as the protesters vowed to “kick the squatter out of No 10.”

Madness vocalist Suggs made a surprise appearance, introducing Mr Corbyn, who arrived on stage to huge cheers and chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”, having just arrived from speaking at a rally in the key marginal constituency of Hastings and Rye, where Home Secretary Amber Rudd has a majority of just 346.

Suggs told the crowd that the last time he and the Labour leader had met was while judging a cake competition in Islington.

Mr Corbyn said the crowd was bigger than the one he had addressed at a rally in Parliament Square two years ago, adding that, “as a people, we are united and determined,” and have built a movement.

He slammed the “cosy deal” that the Tories have struck with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to shore up their hold on power and the “utter hypocrisy” of ministers for praising the emergency services yet voting against them receiving a decent pay rise.

Mr Corbyn also said the Grenfell disaster had exposed the reality of life in Tory Britain.

But he added that the general election campaign had “unleashed ideas” on how differently the country could be run and how a better society could be built for future generations.

“This is the age of imagination,” he proclaimed, insisting: “The Tories are in retreat. Austerity is in retreat.”

Frothing Tory explains why he wants public-sector workers to live in poverty: here.

London anti-Theresa May march lead banner

According to this article, the number of marchers was three times more than the Steve Sweeney estimate:

Monday, 3 July 2017

300,000 MARCH TO GET RID OF TORIES

WORKERS, trade unionists and youth on the more than 300,000-strong march from the BBC Broadcasting House to Parliament Square on Saturday demanded that the TUC be made to call a General Strike to bring the Tories down now.

Over and over again in the past few months they have praised the emergency services, and yet they have just voted again to deny them a pay rise and to continue with the cuts to the services. Never has so much been taken from so many for the benefit of so few.

Addressing the march outside the BBC before it set off, 22-year-old Shen, from the Bakers Union, said: ‘I’m a McDonald’s worker and I and my workmates have decided to form a union. There are many hardships fast food workers face – pay, harassment, bullying from management, and no regular hours.

‘So many fast food workers are suffering, we are told we are unskilled, lazy, stupid, impossible to organise. But many of our brothers and sisters around the world are organising, in the US, New Zealand, in Denmark they are striking.

‘Hundreds of thousands of fast food workers are paid poverty pay, unable to afford to buy the food they sell. Fast food workers need to rise up from our slumber, organise. If you are a fast food worker join us. Join the Bakers Union.’

After his speech, Ian Hodson, President of the Bakers Union, told News Line: ‘We’ve been working to organise across the fast food industry. We recognise it’s a huge task, but we know when people hear the message they see the need to organise and they join.

‘We call on all fast food workers to contact us now. We are fighting for a £10 minimum wage now, end the youth minimum wage, and the abolition of zero hours contracts.’

Other speakers addressed the march. Moira Samuels, Justice for Grenfell, said: ‘I’m a local teacher and live close by Grenfell. We watched and heard the screams of family and friends. There are many levels of trauma.

Our local rotten Tory council were absent. They abandoned us. Their decision to cut costs led to the fire. This council must face jail. They close our nurseries, they sell our libraries and they kill us in our homes.

‘Rise up and continue to rise. Tories out and justice for Grenfell!’

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said: ‘We will not rest until there is justice for the people of Grenfell, we will not rest until we lift the public sector pay cap and we will not stand for the demonisation of trade unionists.’

Unison General Secretary, Dave Prentis said: ‘We will organise and mobilise to achieve the change we want. Let’s march today. Let’s rise up and sweep the Tories out.’

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: ‘We send a message to this government and its policies – austerity, pay freeze – you’ve got no mandate, clear off, get out the way.

‘What happened at Grenfell is a horror still unfolding. But what’s behind it is what we’ve seen for a generation – the undermining of public safety, privatisation, specialist fire safety officers cut by two-thirds since 2004.

The previous PM described health and safety as a monster that needs to be killed. Well, there are over 80 killed. Grenfell was not an act of God. Many people need to be held to account, right to the top.’

During the march, Liane Caine, from Luton, told News Line: ‘I’m here to fight for justice for Grenfell. It’s disgusting they had no sprinklers, no fire safety in that building, no proper fire escape. And the cladding was only put up for the rich people and how it looked to them. The blame lies at the top with the Tory government. There needs to be an inquest, not a public inquiry with a judge appointed by the Tories.’

Her friend, Stephanie Smith said: ‘What brought me here was hearing that someone had to throw her baby out of the window to try to save it. I’m a mother and know how it must have felt. The Tories are to blame.’

Cathy Beresford, RCN member from Slough, said: ‘I’ve been a nurse for 19 years and I’ve got three children. I need to make my contribution for protecting the future, protecting public services. I’m totally against the pay cap and fees for student nurses, there’s not enough nurses.

‘We have to protect what we’ve got. We are so lucky to have an NHS and the Tories are destroying it. I want the RCN to call a strike and I think the TUC should call a general strike.’

In Parliament Square at the end of the march, Captain Ska received rapturous applause when they performed their hit song about Theresa May, ‘Liar, Liar’, which reached No 1 in the charts last month.

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite, the largest union in the country, made a long speech during which he proposed no action against the Tories. He concluded by appealing to them: ‘Let Labour take over. Prime Minister, go and go now.’

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: ‘With a million and a quarter people turning up at food banks, I make this pledge – when we bring this government down we will put an end to hunger. When we come to power we will build a million homes, half a million of them council homes. When we get rid of May and the Tories we will end the privatisation of our NHS, we will fund the health service, we’ll end the pay cap, we’ll restore trade union rights, we will scrap work capability assessments.

‘We need to bring an end to this government at the first opportunity. Over there,’ McDonnell said, pointing to Parliament, ‘we’ll use every device we can to bring them down. But there’s work to be done outside parliament. We’ve had over 100,000 on the streets today. In every community we want people and the trade unions to stand up and say enough is enough.

‘Not just a Labour government, but a socialist government under Jeremy Corbyn. Another world is in sight. Let’s seize the moment comrades.’

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: ‘We need more demonstrations, more marches. Why don’t we have a public sector strike of all public sector workers to break the cap? We all deserve a pay rise.’

The final speaker was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. He said: ‘I’m proud of the manifesto we put forward in the election. The vote we received was the biggest increase for Labour since 1945. We are determined to force another election as soon as we can.

‘There are six million people on less than the Living Wage, four million children living in poverty. The Tories, with the support of the DUP, voted down a Labour proposal that we end the public sector pay cap.

‘There is growing underfunding of health, education and all public services. If ever there was an object lesson in what austerity means look at Grenfell, a towering inferno where the poor died in the richest borough in Britain.

‘The election campaign showed something else, there’s a real desire to build a society that wants to be at ease with itself and invest in public services. We will invest in arts, culture and young people. Public money will be spent in all parts of the country.

Tax the corporates so that we can educate the young. No more the bonfire of regulations. We’ll repeal the Trade Union Act and end the grotesque inequalities of modern Britain. We’ll end austerity, invest in the future and invest in decent housing.

‘The social care crisis is a crisis made by this government. The only magic money tree is the one that allows the corporations not to pay the tax they should be paying.

Those who came back from the Second World War built the NHS. I want an NHS publicly owned, publicly run and those employed in it publicly employed.

‘The Tories are in retreat, we are moving forward. This is the age that we will build the better society for our children and all those that come after us.’

This video from London, England says about itself:

1 July 2017

Very large #ToriesOut demo today in London. Earlier on you can see how large it’s getting.

From daily News Line in Britain today:

SATURDAY’S massive turnout for the trade union sponsored mass demonstration with its lead banner declaring ‘Not One Day More – Tories out’ has spread shock waves through the ruling class and also the trade union bureaucracy.

Some capitalist observers managed to count just 10,000 on the march – if that was the case there would clearly be no problem.

In fact hundreds of thousands marched, up to 300,000 and were full of determination to carry out the message of the lead banner ‘Not One Day More’ for the Tory government.

In the tenth year of austerity, with living standards on zero, the Grenfell Tower fire – when scores of tenants were burnt to death as a direct result of massive deregulation to cut costs and boost profits while the fire and emergency services were slashed to pieces – was the last straw.

Now the floodgates have begun to open.

The badly wounded Tory government must now be brought down by the trade unions taking general strike action, to bring in a workers government that will begin the socialist reorganisation of the completely bankrupt and criminal capitalist society.

However, Unison leader Prentis has released a post march statement saying: ‘Today I addressed tens of thousands of people in central London at the People’s Assembly demonstration.

‘It was great to see such crowds out in force to tell Theresa May, her party and her DUP allies that it’s time for an end to austerity, to the pay cap and to this failing Tory government.

‘In this vital week – when Parliament came just a handful of votes from overturning the pay cap – it’s so important for everyone in our movement to keep the pressure on the Tories.

‘Austerity – that cruel political choice and terrible political project – is coming to an end. That’s clear not just to those who marched today, but to the millions around the country who voted for change on June 8th, and millions more who are waking up to the possibility of a different country and a different way of doing things.

‘The end to the arbitrary pay cap needs to be the first stage in austerity’s downfall, because the ambulance worker, the housing officer and the hospital porter have gone far too long without the fair wage they deserve – especially when they do so much for all of us. Enough is enough.’

Labour leader, John McDonnell, turned the struggle towards parliament saying: ‘We need to bring an end to this government at the first opportunity. Over there,’ pointing to Parliament, he added: ‘We’ll use every device we can to bring them down. But there’s work to be done outside parliament. We’ve had over 100,000 on the streets today. In every community we want people and the trade unions to stand up and say enough is enough.

‘Not just a Labour government, but a socialist government under Jeremy Corbyn. Another world is in sight. Let’s seize the moment comrades.’

Seizing the moment means not allowing the Tories with the support of the DUP to hang on for up to two more years in the House of Commons doing massive harm to the working class of the world.

The momentum of the ‘Not One More Day’ march must be stepped up.

Outpouring of anger over Grenfell Tower fire at London anti-austerity rally: here.

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  2. Monday 3rd July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    Question: what links the NHS cuts, the Grenfell Tower disaster and yesterday’s massive People’s Assembly demonstration against Theresa May’s Tory government?

    Answer: the politics of class.

    Britain is a society deeply divided on lines of economic class and has been, in different ways, for many centuries.

    Since the demise of feudalism that division has reflected the fact that in capitalist society, the owners of capital hold most of the wealth and power. The role of workers and their families has been to spend much of their lives performing labour for capitalists or their state and rearing the next generation of labour power.

    Although the capitalist class — those whose wealth derives from their ownership of economic and financial assets — comprise no more than 10 per cent of the population, their interests are mis-presented as being those of Britain as a whole.

    In particular, the Conservative Party, the Lib Dems and a large section of the Parliamentary Labour Party promote policies which represent the capitalist status quo.

    The left and sections of the labour movement, on the other hand, have sought to defend and extend the real interests of the working class, within the limits set by capitalist society and — in the case of socialists and Communists — by breaking through those limits to socialism.

    Two of the historic victories of the 20th century were the establishment of the NHS and the spread of social housing.

    Of course, capitalists and their political representatives recognise that workers and their families need healthcare and housing in order to perform their necessary functions.

    But their preference is that neither provision should require too much taxation, while delivery should maximise the opportunities for private sector profiteering.

    The NHS and local council housing, on the other hand, have tended to put people’s needs before private profits. That is why the Tories and their co-thinkers in other parties have been keen to cut or limit such services, or privatise them altogether where corporate profits can be made.

    In these efforts, they have been emboldened by the neoliberal offensive launched in the 1970s, carried forward by Tory and New Labour governments and given credibility by the collapse of the socialist systems in the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe.

    However, the whole neoliberal, globalisation model is now under attack as its underlying inhumanity, inequalities and inefficiencies are increasingly exposed by the course of events.

    An ever-growing number of people have had enough of cuts in public services and social benefits and of wage freezes, privatisation and the cruel withdrawal of benefits and social care from the sick, elderly and disabled. They contrast the damage done by austerity in families, local communities and workplaces to the ready abundance of public money to bail out bankers, pay for foreign wars, renew nuclear weapons and buy off a bunch of sectarian politicians in Northern Ireland.

    We saw hundreds of thousands of those people on the streets of London on Saturday, mobilised by the People’s Assembly and the trade unions.

    Their fears for the future of the NHS, their anger at the treatment of working-class people in Grenfell Tower and their determination to halt austerity and privatisation was palpable.

    What united them all, whether consciously or not, was their opposition to the realities of a class-divided society based on exploitation and oppression — and their support for the progressive and left alternative represented by the current left-wing leadership of the Labour Party.

    Everybody can now see that class politics is back with a bang — although it never really went away.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7a8a-London-demonstration-Class-politics-to-the-fore#.WVp34lFpwdU

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