The following was written by Mark Holcroft | @MarkHolcroft
I’m a Labour Party member, although not very active I’m afraid. I took part in the demonstration on Sunday with my wife, and two children, and our dog. We took part because we’re sick of the Tories, sick of the arrogance and sick of the lie of austerity. On a personal note, I’m from Manchester, and lived through what the Tories did to us in the 80s. I’m enraged that they should come here. Manchester has no Tory MPs, and no Tory councillors.
We arrived at the rally early at about 12 and found a place in the March. It was electrifying to be among so many people who still cared and who wanted to make a difference. The music was great and Billy Brag was his usual lovable self. We set off on the march and broke off to get some ice creams on Oxford road. Then the kids needed the toilet so we broke off again to use McDonalds. A police officer smiled weakly at me as I left the route with my banners but didn’t stop me.
All along it was a good natured carnival atmosphere. Loads of funny banners and costumes and a lot of pig jokes. I didn’t really feel like part of an angry mob, more a celebration of what made Manchester great. I did wonder why the police were facing away from the ring of steel when the real criminals were inside.
The highlight was when we approached the conference and everyone made as much noise as they could. A few delegates peered over the concrete balcony. Not really an angry mob, just 60,000+ people who had to shout to be heard.
By Mark Holcroft | @MarkHolcroft
(Mark’s puppy on the march – https://twitter.com/markholcroft/status/651840687428751360)
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