By Terence Bunch Published 2010-10-20 00:00:00 Last Edited 2010-10-20 00:00:00
On the day the coalition Government announce major and severe cuts in public sector spending in the domestic British economy, and a day after the announcement of an 8% cut in military spending, campaigners against the cuts assemble in London to march on Downing Street to object to the scale of the cuts.
They gather in North London in two separate groups and meet together before marching the short distance to Downing Street. As they enter Whitehall, a large group splits away from the main march and attempts to move toward the entrance of Downing Street before being blocked by police. Minor scuffles break out and smoke bombs are thrown.
The austerity measures bring forward predictions that almost a half a million public sector workers are to lose their jobs while the national welfare benefits provision is to be capped and reduced, thereby casting them into the private sector.
The austerity measures come as the United Kingdom continues to commit to financing British military forces in the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, itself now approaching failed status as its September elections cartwheel into chaos with the discarding of almost a quarter of all votes cast in the election due to fraudulent activity. As a result, the United Kingdom has now lost both its financial and tactical pre-text for a continuing presence in the country and is, therefore, likely to experience further economic misfortune if it does not commit to an immediate timetable for withdrawal.
Downing Street, London. 20th October 2010.