The Queen’s Speech, 27 May, saw the Tories’ proposals of cutting back benefits set in stone, and plans to further their own-brand austerity for what we can expect to be another difficult five years.
Ben Myers, Leeds Socialist Party
Later that day, a thousand people protested in Leeds against such crippling cuts. Organised by Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs, and attracting members of many groups fighting the Tories, the protest managed to draw a sizable crowd despite the bleak weather.
The idea nowadays that young people have no interest in politics, and no anger over the way their country is run, was dispelled as myth as hundreds of young people – ineligible to vote for the government that will control our education, jobs and housing up until we are 22 years old – turned out to protest against the Tories delusional assaults on the working class.
As a political group, young people are vulnerable to attacks from parliament because of their low voting figures. But, like myself, many recent additions to the Socialist Party and other organisations were present at the anti-austerity protest on Wednesday.
Rousing speeches from Andy Hiles of Unite Community, Jane Aitchinson of Leeds TUC and Iain Dalton, organiser of the protest and member of Youth Fight for Jobs, showed demonstrators the unity between Yorkshire organisations against cuts.
Whilst opponents of anti-austerity marches and protests nationwide say that the nation voted for the Conservative party with a majority, and is therefore not permitted to protest their policies, this argument has been easily slated as submitting to an ‘elected dictatorship’. The Tories only have a slim majority of 12 which could easily crumble.
The Youth Fight for Jobs protest on Wednesday showed that the British public – its working class, students, and young people – will not stand for another five years under a government which will punish them with furthering slashes and cuts.
Although the June 20 demonstration in the capital promises to be bigger, and hopefully with better weather, for now the people of Leeds have come out in solidarity against the Tory government’s ventures into austerity
Transport provided by Leeds TUC can be booked to the 20th June demonstration by ringing 0113 245 8442