The Make Poverty History protest in Edinburgh on Saturday was the biggest demonstration in Scottish history — by a long way.
There was a carnival atmosphere, but also a serious mood running through the day’s events.
People marched not simply to demand increased aid for Africa, but also in opposition to neo-liberalism and global war.
They came together in a fantastic coalition. It is a tribute to the organisations involved that they could mobilise so many, with over 800 coaches coming from England and Wales to add to a huge Scottish turnout.
Now we have to build on this movement by continuing to hold Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to account for every promise that they make at the G8 summit.
We have to make more demands on them — many more. And we should keep up the pressure over the war on Iraq — a war that is part of the military wing of the offensive by George Bush and Tony Blair.
Finally, we have to make sure there is a fight against neo-liberalism at home.
The Respect Coalition, which challenged Blair at the polls in the general election, can connect with all those involved in this movement.