British anti-Conservative government protests

This October 2015 video from England is called Julie Hesmonhalgh, Coronation Street, with Bread and Roses Choir, Take Back Manchester Protest against the Tory [Conservative] Party Conference.

Now, in 2017, again Conservative party conference and again massive protest in Manchester.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Tories in Turmoil: Protesters Vow to Take Them Down

Saturday 30th September 2017

Anti-austerity marchers greet Conservatives in Manchester

THE time is up for the Tories’ desperate attempt to cling to power, Labour and left activists have declared as they begin five days of action in Manchester.

People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn told the Star yesterday that “the Tories are in turmoil” in the run-up to Sunday’s demonstration at the Conservative Party conference in the city.

He said the Take Back Manchester festival — five days of meetings, protests and cultural events starting today — would expose a “deeply divided government” and “demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war.”

Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel on coaches from across the country, with the protest being supported by trade unions and progressive organisations.

The demonstrators will call for an end to austerity and the public sector pay cap and for decent health, homes, jobs and education — basic demands that the People’s Assembly says should be achievable in one of the world’s richest economies.

The protest comes at the end of a week in which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opened a clear division over capitalism when he told his party’s conference in Brighton that neoliberalism was a “broken” system, a statement that led Theresa May to leap to the defence of the free market.

And Labour takes that message right across the country today, with members campaigning in 420 constituencies.

Shadow cabinet big-hitters are heading to target seats, with John McDonnell rallying the troops in Milton Keynes, Diane Abbott in Rugby, Ian Lavery in West Lothian, Cat Smith in Clwyd West and Barry Gardiner in Harrow East, while Mr Corbyn himself heads to Thurrock.

June’s general election saw the Tories lose their parliamentary majority and called into question Ms May’s future as prime minister.

Mr Fairbairn said the result was a rejection of austerity that had left the Tories with a “weak, unstable government.”

Despite this, the government remains committed to “cuts, privatisation and eroding workers’ rights,” voting down a Labour amendment to the Queen’s Speech that would have lifted the public-sector pay cap.

Mr Fairbairn continued: “The Tories are in turmoil and they know their time is up. They are deeply divided and desperately trying to cling to power.

“The people have lost trust in them and are fed up with years of austerity, cuts and falling wages.

“At their conference, they will be arguing among themselves, deepening the crisis in their own party.

“Every day they are in Manchester we will be there, exposing massive opposition to their polices,” he said.

Communist Party leader Rob Griffiths said: “Fewer and fewer people are fooled by the Prime Minister’s rhetoric around free markets and free enterprise.

“Millions of people across Britain are demanding public investment and public ownership instead of big business, privatisation and austerity.”

Speakers at Sunday’s rally include Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.

The Take Back Manchester festival runs until Wednesday and features meetings on a range of topics, with the full programme available at

The Conservatives face the impossible task of winning over young people at conference. How can the Tories expect young adults to support capitalism when many have no prospect of having any capital, in the form of owning their home? Here.

There is more need for an anti-austerity movement, rooted in communities and workplaces, than ever before, writes STEVE SWEENEY.

7 thoughts on “British anti-Conservative government protests

  1. Saturday 30th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    CONGRATULATIONS to all labour movement activists descending on Manchester for Sunday’s national mobilisation against the Tories called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

    Theresa May flirted before the general election with populist proposals to cap energy prices alongside a vague commitment to control runaway boardroom rewards as part of her spurious attempt to rebadge the Tories as “the party of working people.”

    Such waffle did not survive the election campaign, as May confirmed that her government will press ahead with the capitalist austerity campaign formulated by ousted chancellor George Osborne.

    Holding down workers’ wages, tightening the screw on finance for key public services and grinding the faces of benefit claimants into the dirt, the Prime Minister leaves no doubt which section of society her government supports.

    Whatever her romantic myths about the role of freemarket capitalism, her government’s policies disregard most people and prioritise big business and the wealthy elite. Her austerity agenda is not based on harsh economic reality but on a narrow political outlook that oozes greed and self-interest.

    Yet, despite her shabby deal to bung a billion-pound bribe to the Democratic Unionist Party in return for its MPs’ votes, the setback she suffered at the election and the rising tide of opposition to her government restricts her ability to operate freely.

    Flagship policies from the Tory manifesto did not make it into the Queen’s Speech because she couldn’t see them getting through Parliament.

    A new generation of grammar schools, replacement of free school meals by cheaper “breakfasts,” the dementia tax to pay for social care, a fresh vote on fox hunting, means testing for winter fuel payments and watering down overseas development aid were all intended as areas for legislation.

    Labour’s upsurge under Jeremy Corbyn, putting on an extra three million votes, clipped the Tories’ wings and left the May government holed below the waterline.

    The People’s Assembly is a broader organisation than Labour, bringing together trade unions, community organisations, student bodies, left parties and a spread of women’s, pensioners’, gender equality, disabled, youth, black and ethnic minority groups — and many more.

    Its goals aren’t restricted to an election manifesto or a single party’s aims but to a programme of emancipation for all.

    A mass turnout in Manchester will confirm to the Tories that they are increasingly isolated, that time is running out and that resistance and demands for change will only become more powerful.


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