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UK Uncut street party targets Nick Clegg

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2305

Anti-cuts campaigners enjoy the sun outside Nick Clegg

Anti-cuts campaigners enjoy the sun outside Nick Clegg's house (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Anti-cuts protesters brought their message home to Nick Clegg today (Saturday)—by holding a “street party” outside his posh house.

Up to 400 activists gathered to make their way by train to the secret location, which turned out to be the Lib Dem leader’s street in leafy Putney, south west London.

The action was organised by UK Uncut, which said it had targeted Clegg’s £1 million home because he is “one of the main architects of austerity”.

“I’m glad it’s Clegg, because I voted for him,” said Susan Brumpton, who had travelled from Sussex. “I was stupid enough to believe that the Lib Dems were a nice party—now we know they’re a nasty party.

“There are alternatives to the cuts. They should be taxing the bankers.”

The street party was intended as an alternative to next week’s celebrations of the queen’s jubilee.

The sun was shining as the party-goers ate cakes, played drums and hung colourful bunting—and there wasn’t a union jack in sight. Instead they held a banner saying “Don’t cut our future”.


Some brought children, who played games and threw frisbees.

“I’ve been a carer for many years,” said Josephine Hogg from north London. “They tried to take away a large portion of my daughter’s care. It’s an ongoing battle for disabled people.

“It’s about everything—the NHS, housing. Nobody’s listening. Sometimes it feels hopeless but I had to come.”

Tory trolls took to Twitter to criticise the protest for making things “personal” by targeting Clegg’s home.

Bill, who was handing out crisps and snacks, thought that was a cheek. “Clegg is targeting our NHS, our schools, our libraries, our jobs, even our own housing—it’s him who’s made it personal. People are suffering and even dying because of his cuts.

“There’s having a little party in the street, and then there’s destroying the welfare state. I know which one I’m outraged about.”

UK Uncut street parties also took place today in Bournemouth, Crawley, Derby, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and York.

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Sat 26 May 2012, 17:06 BST
Issue No. 2305
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