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June 26, 2015 / politicsbitesize

Socialism? Yes please!

JuneDemoPplsAssemblyFrom almost every region of the UK hundreds of thousands of people woke up early last Saturday to board buses bound for London. The morning of June 20th 2015 saw one of the biggest demonstrations against government policy in recent years. The People’s Assembly called for an end to the austerity measures that have already caused suffering to the most vulnerable members of society, and over a quarter of a million individuals rallied behind that cry.

The message from the day was simple – ‘End Austerity Now’ – and the atmosphere was electric as a cacophony of different voices demanded an alternative to the current system and to policies that only benefit those at the top. Amongst the speakers and marchers was Charlotte Church, who said she was standing in solidarity with ‘everybody who thinks that austerity isn’t the only way and thinks it is essentially unethical, unfair and unnecessary’. Alongside her were Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the Union, Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, Owen Jones and Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North and Labour leader candidate.

An enormous cheer went up for Jeremy as he addressed those assembled in Parliament Square. His message was to ask those present to ‘stand up as the brave people did in the 1920s and 1930s’ to ask for ‘a state that takes responsibility for everybody – to ensure that nobody is destitute … everybody caring for everybody else. I think it is called socialism’. It was clear from the crowd’s response that the appetite for a more egalitarian way of organising society is burgeoning. Commentators who are suggesting that socialism is dead* or that a vote for Jeremy is to ignore the electorate clearly haven’t met the electorate! There were 250,000 of them stood in front of Westminster Palace at the weekend, all calling for an alternative to austerity and celebrating the prospect of that being socialism.

The movement to end austerity is set to grow as thousands of others join together over the coming months and years in order to protect themselves, their communities and their families against the further £12bn of cuts to welfare and public sector funding that have been announced by the Tory government. Forthcoming events from The People’s Assembly are listed below. There are groups in almost every part of the country and new members are always very welcome.

* Such as Lord Hutton:



Protest Osborne’s Emergency Budget: National Day of Action
8th July, 2015 | UK-wide

Osborne plans £12 billion in cuts to welfare and a fresh round of austerity measures. We’re calling a national day of action, with rallies, strikes, creative stunts and events all across the country. Get in touch to plan an event in your area and we’ll add it to the list!

Demonstrate at the Tory Party Conference
4-8th October, 2015 | Manchester
We’ll be hosting a week of National protests and action at the Tory party conference. More details will be coming soon so keep an eye an out!



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