Sunday, 27 March 2011


Yesterday, I took part in the TUC March For The Alternative with hundreds of other members of Equity from London's Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park. Apparently the attendance was in excess of 250,000 people.

The atmosphere was great and aside from a bit of trouble with black-clad individuals with their faces covered attempting to wrest a placard from a tiny actress, reassuringly seen off with the assistance of other Equity members and some top quality diction and projection, we processed our protest unscathed. For my part, I accidentally stood on Murray Melvin's toe. Sorry Murray.

Sam West made a speech at Hyde Park, which we missed because we were still walking, but it has turned up on YouTube:

Predictably the news coverage of the day has focussed on the vandalism and violence that occurred. The BBC's efforts here, here and here seem the most balanced to me.

This is the beginning of the stand against cuts to the welfare state and I've no doubt it will not be the end.

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