Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

A group of pensioners sit on a bench. In the UK, pensioners are the single largest group to face the full severity of spending cuts due to their reliance on services provided by the NHS. At the moment, almost all cuts possible are likely to severely impact on this group from reduced supplies of critical drugs and cancellation of care provision in local communities through to reduced state pensions. London. 10th April 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Save the Welfare State Anti Austerity March and Rally. London. 10th April 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-04-10 00:00:00

Almost nine years after the invasion of Afghanistan, Seven years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Eighteen months after the UK economy is decimated as the UK banking system folds and just a few days after the General Election of 2010 is called, the British people gather in London to protest the oncoming onslaught of public spending cuts in the UK domestic economy...as reality finally dawns on the nation as a whole what the cost of illegitimate war means in reality.

As the pre-amble to the election gets under way, the three main political parties, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat all set out crisis manifestos in an attempt to deal with the post war fallout.

The protest is primarily attended by those UK citizens who have most to lose from the cost-cutting which is to follow. Pensioners, care workers, NHS workers and those working in the fields of civil infrastructure including transport, local government and supplementary services.

The election is to take place on May 6th where it is widely expected that a hung Parliament is to be returned. Immediately after, a national defence spending review is to take place in which Britians commitment to the continuing occupation of Afghanistan is to be assessed in light of the current critical economic environment.

London. 10th April 2010.

A man reads a newspaper setting out the scale of the financial crisis now faced by the UK. The primary cause is the removal of large quantities of funds from the UK domestic economy which is then used to prop the UK banking system up, which itself faced collapse after severe financial trauma to the stock exchanges appeared in September 2008.

A man reads a newspaper setting out the scale of the financial crisis now faced by the UK. The primary cause is the removal of large quantities of funds from the UK domestic economy which is then used to prop the UK banking system up, which itself faced collapse after severe financial trauma to the stock exchanges appeared in September 2008.

A copy of the Socialist Worker newspaper, a left leaning periodical, carries the images of the three main political party leaders depicted as Pinocchio characters. This is primarily due to the limited political narrative which has developed in the UK over why and how the current crisis has developed, which itself almost certainly forms the basis of widespread assumption that Britain is about to return a hung Parliament.

A copy of the Socialist Worker newspaper, a left leaning periodical, carries the images of the three main political party leaders depicted as Pinocchio characters. This is primarily due to the limited political narrative which has developed in the UK over why and how the current crisis has developed, which itself almost certainly forms the basis of widespread assumption that Britain is about to return a hung Parliament.

Amongst the crowd, a coffin is used to symbolise the death of care provision in the UK. The British welfare system is heavily dependent on public health care being provided by local care workers who care for the elderly, infirm and disabled as outpatients in their local communities.

Amongst the crowd, a coffin is used to symbolise the death of care provision in the UK. The British welfare system is heavily dependent on public health care being provided by local care workers who care for the elderly, infirm and disabled as outpatients in their local communities.

The march and rally heads into Trafalgar Square to hear speeches from the leaders of the main unions and political bodies representing those employed in the UK.

The march and rally heads into Trafalgar Square to hear speeches from the leaders of the main unions and political bodies representing those employed in the UK.

A campaigner wears a tee-shirt demanding the Whittington Hospital be saved from closure. The Whittington has recently been threatened with the closure of its A&E department. Campaigners may well face further attempts on the hospital as cuts appear after May 6th.

A campaigner wears a tee-shirt demanding the Whittington Hospital be saved from closure. The Whittington has recently been threatened with the closure of its A&E department. Campaigners may well face further attempts on the hospital as cuts appear after May 6th.

Another pensioner walks with a statement fearing that pensioners will not receive entitlements to their own pensions in the future.

Another pensioner walks with a statement fearing that pensioners will not receive entitlements to their own pensions in the future.

A pensioner walks along with the other marchers. with his cause separated into words that allude to the state of the nation post financial crisis.

A pensioner walks along with the other marchers. with his cause separated into words that allude to the state of the nation post financial crisis.

The cause of this crisis remains perpetually in the background.

The cause of this crisis remains perpetually in the background.