Around 2,000 were signed up, only around 350 attended, Rally Against Debt protest was an example of the eccentric extremes attempting to gain support for eccentric beliefs….. extremism and eccentricities which lead to grand delusions they can do just that.
Speaking to the crowd were Nigel Farage MEP, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Matthew Sinclair and blogger Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes.
Protestors with placards calling to ‘cut deeper’, ‘carry on cutting’ and chanting for ‘cuts now’ were never going to catch the imagination of the general public or make them the most popular people in the country. Why? Not only were individuals looking on who are adversely affected by cuts, but those working in the NHS, police, voluntary services and so on who’s ability to provide public services in the way they want to is under threat.
For these reasons, I wrote a blog before the rally about the insensitivity and distasteful nature of actively supporting adverse cuts. I received many tweets and a few impassioned defences of the march including one from rally speaker, Paul Staines – blogger Guido Fawkes.
However, on this occasion, it seems I was right and that even those with more extreme views on cutting and Europe couldn’t find it within themselves to head to London and speak out. Indeed, a point heavily backed up by the figures which saw this particular demo attracting around 499,650 less people than the anti-cuts march a couple of months ago.
But credit to them for speaking out for a cause they believe in. That is always important, even if many don’t agree with a march of this nature.
I know what you’re thinking? What about the luvvy of the eccentric right, Mr Toby Young? Well, after tweeting that ‘anyone who cares about Britain’s future should attend Rally Against Debt’, Toby had to attend a pre-organised day out at a Pirates exhibition….. at a publicly funded museum….. and missed the rally. No, you couldn’t make it up.
The outcome? This was a chance for people up and down the country to support Tory led cuts and call for the government to stop supporting Europe. But they didn’t. A well publicised event on social networks and even their own website yet the support didn’t come. Some 2,000 were signed up to attend yet not even a quarter of that number had the will. I and maybe you too would have to conclude that the support for cuts and a desire to be more isolated from Europe just isn’t there.