Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Rally Against Debt - Expected Attendance - Well, A Few. Maybe.

What if you held a rally and nobody came ? Seems that those actually in favour of cuts have decided to hold a Rally in London, after the TUC's epic 500,000 event weekend before last.
"An exciting event, the Rally Against Debt, has been organised for 14 May.  It will be a major demonstration highlighting the importance of tackling the huge public sector deficit, and the need for substantial spending cuts.  So far over 1,300 people have signed up to a rally that aims to be a well mannered alternative to the unrealistic trade union march and the vandalism of the UK Uncut protest on March 26."
"Organisers said they wanted to give a voice to the “quiet majority
[My emphases, by the way]

Fine, 'Rally Against Debt' as a title sounds good, doesn't it? We're all against debt. But what the title hides is that this is in fact, a rally in favour of the proposed cuts to Public Services.

However, I would hardly call this upcoming event "exciting" or "major". In among the London tourists, I would probably call it "unnoticable" and perhaps even "Oh, is something happening over there? Oh, no, just a very small group of people."

I love how they're so proud that "So far over 1,300 people have signed up" - this amounts to 0.26% - a quarter of 1% - of the turnout at the TUC "March For The Alternative". And I'm amazed how they claim they are “quiet majority” - The latest YouGov poll showed that the Anti-Cuts movement represents the majority. Sadly, not the rich majority.

I might even go myself, just for the laughs and giggles. Anyone want to join me?

Let's be honest here - it's very unlikely that anyone who shows up will be users of the NHS, our Public Education system, our Benefits system and in fact are more likely to be rather selfish, self-centred, individuals who just cannot see the pain that these too deep, too fast cuts will cause. These individuals will be among the first to complain about dirty streets, sub-standard policing, and littered parks.

There IS an alternative, approved and backed by many economists - Slower cuts, over a longer period, via natural wastage, higher taxes, borrow at a better rate and close the tax loopholes.

We are NOT Spain, or Greece, or Ireland - our economic situation is entirely different, and comparisons are misleading.