They huffed and they puffed, but the fiscal fundamentalists at this afternoon’s so-called Rally Against Debt didn’t even come close to filling the area allotted to them by the Metropolitan Police!

The failure to muster support was underscored by one of the main cheerleaders for the rally, commentator Toby Young, snubbing the gathering to attend, erm, a pirate exhibition instead.

The image above from Clifford Singer speaks volumes.

Is that a protest or a bus queue?

  1. Just goes to show that if you get enough lefties repeating the same lie; that the cuts will be disastrous, that they’re not necessary, people begin to think it’s true.

    A sad day.

  2. I’m not surprised about the low turn out. I spent yesterday baiting them on twitter by being reasonable. There were loads of tweets using that poxy harsh tag but only about four of five of them tweeting at an impressive rate. Clearly they had the day off, that or they themselves rely on the welfare state they want to see binned. Bit masochistic that.

  3. “I spent yesterday baiting them on twitter by being reasonable. There were loads of tweets using that poxy harsh tag but only about four of five of them tweeting at an impressive rate.”

    It would tend to suggest that they were busy elsewhere from Twitter. Ona Friday, working presumably, unlike you it would seem.

    So your point is that because they don’t spend the day on Twitter, they’re not to be listened to?

    “Clearly they had the day off, that or they themselves rely on the welfare state they want to see binned.”

    Did you have the day off, or do you rely on the welfare state?

  4. I would hazard a guess that the few attendees are not exactly feeling the pinch by the governments spending cuts. Mind you, I did like the anti-cuts protester with a sarcastic “libraries suck” banne.

    I’m a 16 year old Labour activist and have just started up a new blog, would be great if you could have a look:

    http://a-week-is-a-long-time-in-politics.blogspot.com/

  5. So there was a low turnout- I fail to see how that shows support for the anti-cuts movement, nor how it indicates a lack of support for the cuts. The government IS cutting public spending, therefore the simplest way of showing support for that is local council elections (where the conservatives gained both councils and councillors) and by not turning up to an anti-cuts rally (which around 61 and a half million people did). Pro-cuts really don’t need a rally, which goes some way to explaining why, on FA cup final day, a large number of those backing the cuts decided to stay home with a few beers safe in the knowledge that the government is already taking the action they want

  6. Seems that the score is 500,000 to 350.

    Daniel’s feeble excuses gave me a good laugh. He might not have noticed that Labour won well over 800 council seats & beat the Tories on the national vote (after being humiliated 12 months ago).

    The pro-cuts people were fools for trying to organise such a demo.

  7. I make the score anti cuts 500,000 pro cuts roughly 61,508,048. Like I say, support doesn’t require attendance at a rally. Support doesn’t actually require a rally. What reason do people have for turning up to an event intended to pursuade the government to carry on doing exactly as they are.

    Does a labour gain really change the fact that conservatives further strengthed their position?

  8. Dr Bob Matthews says:

    Daniel, I don’t think you have been around long enough to realise that the Tory government is not cutting services to reduce debt. It is following its remit passed on from Thatcher to Major and now to Cameron to destroy public services. The electorate were never told that the cuts would be as deep or as disasterous. I notice that you failed to mention that the other part of the coalition the LibDems, received a hammering for 2 reasons:
    1. The electorate don’t like being told lies.
    2. The Libbdems are so naive in regards to political infighting that they thought that as they were in government, that the tories would vote for them. The tories in my lifetime have always been the nasty party with no social conscience.

  9. The pro-cuts lot are now saying there is a wicked BBC/left-wing plot to reduce the numbers at their pathetic demo. They’re saying there were FIVE HUNDRED people there, not 350.

    Well, goodness me. All of their friends must have been too busy at work to turn up. As we know, it’s only Tories who ever do any.

  10. Daniel, by your logic over 62 million people that didn’t turn out for your rally must be anti-cut. Idiot.

  11. I mean, what sort of a mean-spirited twit spends their Saturday in front of parliament proclaiming their joy that libraries will be closing and disabled people will be losing freedoms and comforts (and necessities in many cases) and so on? The answer is most are not prepared to be seen doing so, even St Toby Young.

  12. matthew fox says:

    I think the supporters of Rally against Debt, may follow Man City and Stoke, it would explain so much.

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