Saturday 1st July ‘Tories out’ demo in London – opinions from marchers

Opinions of some travelling on the bus from Stoke organised by Unite the Union.

“This protest march wasn’t just to stand up for what we believe in. It was thousands coming together remembering the people who are affected by the Tories decisions. The fact that I made so many new friends not enemies just shows that. On the day I realised we maybe angry and shouting our heads off at Theresa May but we are all mourning as well.”
Andrew Duncan – who currently works in a bar

“I liked the ‘This is what democracy looks like’ chant against the backdrop of young and old, able bodied and disabled people coming together to demand change”
Jeanine Amel – former NUT member

“I feel liberated. Surrounded by people who are on board with the progress-driven creative thinkers. Everyone can be a part of it, that’s why it’s doing so well. It’s all about openness, honesty, and the inner strength to not have to lie and cheat to gain the most profits.”
Rob Tideswell – currently looking for work

“My friends and I really enjoyed the community atmosphere on the coach and we made some new friends to connect with for future rallies and more!

It’s an amazing feeling not having to sit back and accept our current situation; being offered an opportunity to let our voices be heard was empowering and made me feel like I still mattered.

Myself and another friend had never been to London before so the opportunity for the experience was brilliant! Many thanks to Andy Bentley, Six Towns Collective and Unite the Union!

The centre of London just screams frivolity. A stark and depressing contrast to the horrific site of Grenfell tower block. The whole coach went silent as we passed it.

The demonstration was incredibly uplifting. It was full of like minded people of all ages, races,gender identities and cultures all united in a common message.”
Emma Delves, young and unemployed

“I’ve never been to a march before and recently became more interested in politics and gaining a better understanding.

The march was all I expected but better. I enjoyed the feeling of being around so many who feel the same way, although you know so many feel the same way from statistics and votes, all being together and voicing our points is one step further to having an impact on the government.”
Florence Owen – recently finished Newcastle-under-Lyme College student

“The greatest thing that I felt about yesterday’s demo was the whole of the community coming together.

The feeling of all being there for the same cause, energy, passion and a little anger from everybody there. The community has not died and I hope we will continue to work together. The people have the power!”
Charly – student at Staffs Uni

“I greatly enjoyed the day. I thought there was a friendly and camaraderie feeling right across the various groups in the march, tinged with frustration and anger. Hope to see you all again in Manchester”
Bill Povey – a GMB union member

“I thought the demo was great. I loved the infectious atmosphere. It was so inspiring and moving”
Kane Markham, college student

“The feeling I got from Saturday’s demo in London was that people are really frustrated and have had all they can take from this unjust Tory government. There seemed to be a real appetite for a general strike.”
Tony Lilley – Unite member, works at a car factory

BUILDING A SOCIALIST MOVEMENT

Saturday’s march in London was a very significant event, different in character than others that have taken place in recent years.

It wasn’t groups of workers just fighting to defend jobs, pay and conditions. It wasn’t ordinary working class people just fighting against the demolition of our local council services or the privatisation of our NHS etc.

This was an overtly political march to help remove a hated Tory government from office and replace it with a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn with socialist policies.

For many of the thousands of youth that took part it was their first ever march. They were marching for the political change necessary to achieve a decent future.

The rich and powerful have told us for 20 years and more that the ideas of socialism are dead and buried, gone for ever they said! The Blairite right-wing infiltrators into the Labour Party agreed with these people and unfortunately too many trade union leaders have gone along with it too.

However, it’s capitalism that cannot provide a decent future for the majority even in the advanced capitalist countries like here in Britain or even in the USA.

Socialism is back on the agenda big time. It’s the music of the future so let’s get organised to ditch capitalism and fight for a real socialist future.

Checkout more photos from the march here

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