Excellent stuff Esper - keep them coming! Where's all the pictures of everyone in black balaclavas then? - they seem to be the only ones in the tabloids!! - like the music and cheerful atmosphere. Must be a different march they covered in the Daily Mail!
Here's how the Daily Mail report it on-line - it's simply an outrageous misrepresentation of the event....
"200 arrested as anarchists fight police after 500,000-strong anti-cuts march"
"... and cover Trafalgar Square in graffiti Officers arrested 201 people on a day of violent protesters in central London as a TUC anti-cuts demonstration spiraled out of control. 84 people were injured including 31 police officers on a day of violence outside the capital's most iconic locations. The Ritz hotel was attacked with paint and smokebombs while around 1,000 protesters occupied Fortnum & Mason. This morning a massive clean-up operation was getting underway after a peaceful protest was hijacked by anarchists. ..."
They also go on to make out in the paper itself how the outbreak of violence was simultaneous with Ed Milliband's speech. They forget to tell you how the Police were reporting the outbreak as completely separate and away from the main march. Problem is people believe stuff like this.....because it's in the Daily Mail!
Post by Patrick Torsney on Mar 27, 2011 20:08:03 GMT 1
Yes, many do unfortunately believe the spin that the media can put on things. The video below is for anyone who gets their news from the Daily Mail
DM readers: please please please don't take it as read; get a second opinion and/or think before you believe how that paper portrays things. It's incredibly political, even though it tries to portray itself as the paper of the man in the street (I would have said 'person' in the street but that would have meant I would have been suggesting that the DM is all for equality between the sexes - it isn't). Enjoy:
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Seven of us attended from Gloucester Law Centre - the march itself was brilliant - lots of families etc, great atmosphere and no trouble at all - the idiots who spoiled it were nothing to do with anything except their own twisted egos. We arrived at 10.45am and couldn't get to the official starting point as there were so many people there- the police told us to wait in Trafalgar Square and join the march from there. We wanted to wait for the Justice for All section but no sign of it after two and half hours watching the march go by - it was huge and felt like half a million. Left Hyde Park at around 4pm and still people still marching in - not sure what time it finally finished. Will post photos later
Posted a message earlier on but seems to have got lost somewhere. Anyway Gloucester Law Centre staff were there and the march itself was brilliant - I'd guess there were getting on for half a million there. When we arrived we couldn't get to the assembly point as there were too many people so the police told us to wait in Trafalgar Square and join in from there. We waited and warched the march go by for two and a half hours hoping to join the Justice for All section but it still didn't reach us. Will post photos later
Article in Solicitors Journal on Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the march for the alternative
" 30 March 2011
They came, they saw, they sung: YLs march on :Young legal aid lawyers from up and down the country descended on London last Saturday to join the March for the Alternative, rocking up with a handmade banner, a gospel choir, and even a few Ghurkhas thrown in for good measure.
The gang were part of a splinter group of lawyers spearheaded by the Justice 4 All as well as the Law Society’s Sound Off For Justice campaign.
The Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) contingent teamed up with legal top dogs for a pre-demo demo outside the Royal Courts of Justice, before joining the main throng for the five-hour march to Hyde Park.
A tub-thumping speech from Mike Mansfield QC kicked off the event, with shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan and Blair babe Harriet Harman swinging by to show support.
Didn’t make it to the rally? Here’s an account of the day from three YLs
Carita Thomas, immigration solicitor at Howells
“I travelled down from Sheffield to the march, but it was worth the trip (even the 5.30am wake up call).
"My personal highlights were seeing young legal aid lawyers from London, Leeds, Birmingham and Sheffield together and being there en masse with others from the advice sector. One London lawyer had lost her group and joined ours, so I had the chance to chat about the challenges of legal aid in a totally different office to mine.
"The march has given energy to our campaign and we have lots of plans to press our message home to MPs about how the proposals will harm the most vulnerable in society. Legal aid is still not high enough on the agenda when we talk about cuts, but Saturday showed that lawyers of all ages and backgrounds really care about how these will affect our clients – and will walk for five hours across London to prove it!”
Charlotte Image, family solicitor at Wainwright & Cummins
“The atmosphere at the march was very family-friendly – at least while I was there! The media has focused quite a lot on the violence towards the end, but I didn't see any of that and lots of people (including our chair, Laura Janes) had brought their children along. There was a definite carnivalesque theme to the march, with lots of fancy dress and various bands (including bhangra drums and pipers for the Fire Brigade Union) helping to keep people entertained for the long walk through town.
"My choir, the London Youth Gospel Choir, along with the AllStars music group had volunteered to create some noise for Sound Off For Justice. We sang our usual songs but changed some of the words, so that, for instance, the final line in Bob Marley’s One Love became "let's get together and stop the cuts". One of the most popular songs we did was Down by the Riverside with the following words:
Gonna save our legal aid (Sound Off)
Sound off for justice (Sound Off)
Sound off for justice (Sound Off)
Sound off for justice
Gonna save our legal aid (Sound off)
Sound off for justice
You can't take our rights away (Rights away)
"There were huge numbers of people at the march. At Westminster Bridge I tried to take a picture of the whole march - it took five photos to fit it all in and that was just the part going along Embankment. It was definitely a lot of fun and well worth it to show our support for legal aid.”
Katie Brown, housing solicitor at Philcox Gray & Co
“People marching alongside us were curious to read the words on our banner, as if they could not quite believe either that there were any young lawyers who would dedicate themselves to working in the legal aid system or that there would be lawyers marching against the cuts.
"Well, there were certainly plenty of lawyers on the march, including Mike Mansfield QC, who rounded up the troops outside the Royal Courts of Justice before the main event. Another recognisable face in the crowd was Ken Livingstone who wandered past us down Whitehall – probably to make sure that the Trafalgar Square encampment didn’t start without him.
"It was great to see so many lawyers from different areas of the country and a variety of fields marching together with one voice against the proposals. The five hours it took to walk or, rather, meander from Temple to Hyde Park gave us an opportunity to brainstorm the next steps in our fight to protect the legal aid system. It’s not just the cuts in funding that concern us, but also the radical proposal to overturn how people access civil legal aid advice through the introduction of a telephone gateway system. That’s not something you can easily shout about during a march (it doesn’t fit too neatly into any chant) but it could have the most devastating impact on vulnerable clients being able to access essential legal help. Following the march we agreed that it’s important to maintain the pressure and campaigning work from now on, so that when the government publishes its response to the consultation process after Easter we’re ready to challenge the most damaging proposals.”
500 Gurkhas marched on Saturday to show their support for legal aid and against the legal aid cuts. Joanna Lumley is also supporting the campaign against legal aid cuts. This is because legal aid helped them win their recent campaign. Photos of the march are available from the Gurkhas website-link below. Just click on the photo to access the other photos of the march.