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Protesters form dole queue as budget announced

Issue No. 2295

The dole queue on the march  (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The dole queue on the march (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Around 300 people joined a “dole queue” protest outside Downing Street as Tory chancellor George Osborne announced his latest austerity budget.

The protest, organised by UK Uncut, snaked down Whitehall in a re-enactment of the famous 1979 Tory election poster of an unemployment queue.

The queuers read a statement through an Occupy-style “people’s mic” saying that “the only thing related to growth in this austerity budget are the dole queues”.

“George Bloody Osborne,” they added, “austerity is not working.”

Roy Partridge joined the protest with a “Save the NHS” placard. “I want to see the rich’s top rate of tax put up, not down,” he said.

“George Osborne and his family have got plenty. He went to public school. They’ll be alright. But those of us who don’t have a big inheritance won’t be.”

Christina Ashford was part of a “Robin Hood tax” contingent on the protest. “Everyone’s paying the price of a crisis they didn’t cause,” she said.

“It was the banks. They should pay.”

Activists from the Right to Work campaign also joined the protest.

From Downing Street the queue marched towards parliament, eventually stopping at a Sky News live broadcast and chanting loudly.

Rachel Arbuckle, a student in London, told Socialist Worker, “I know so many people who can’t get a job.

“I always underestimate this government. I think, surely they won’t cut the top 50p rate of tax—no, wait, they have.

“They should be spending money on railways, on schools, on the NHS, not handing it to the rich.”

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Wed 21 Mar 2012, 15:54 GMT
Issue No. 2295
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