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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11870742

    If this is how some people are reacting on a very cold winter's night in one part of the country...is this the start of another winter of discontent?
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    What were they protesting about?
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    (Original post by CAD3162)
    What were they protesting about?
    The local council has to set a budget for the year. As a result of the cut in funding from central government (which provides up to 75% of its grant - business rates and council taxes provide a far smaller amount of funding than people think) local councils have far smaller budgets making cuts inevitable from a public administration stand point.

    Lewisham is one of the early ones to set their budgets. Others will make theirs early in the new year.
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    Further tweets from someone who was there - https://twitter.com/cllr_mikeharris
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    100 people is hardly a protest
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      (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11870742

      If this is how some people are reacting on a very cold winter's night in one part of the country...is this the start of another winter of discontent?
      Good on my old Lews'hum mates. If I still lived there, I would have joined them.

      The electorate will get a glimpse of what the coalition's cuts really mean once they start to bite in the New Year, first with an increase in VAT and then fuel increases. Other nasties to follow.

      I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a national revolt once consciousness sets in.
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      (Original post by yawn)
      Good on my old Lews'hum mates. If I still lived there, I would have joined them.

      The electorate will get a glimpse of what the coalition's cuts really mean once they start to bite in the New Year, first with an increase in VAT and then fuel increases. Other nasties to follow.

      I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a national revolt once consciousness sets in.
      What secondary school did you go too?
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        (Original post by Threepigs)
        What secondary school did you go too?
        One in Streatham - BTG. What about you?
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        (Original post by yawn)
        One in Streatham - BTG. What about you?
        I went to Deptford Green, but now I go Christ the King. It's in Lewisham, lol.
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          (Original post by Threepigs)
          I went to Deptford Green, but now I go Christ the King. It's in Lewisham, lol.
          I know both those schools! The second one is the 6th form college in Belmont Hill...and very good at that, I believe.

          I really miss Lewisham. I had so many good mates there and so many happy memories of times shared too. I'm getting quite sad now...
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          (Original post by yawn)
          I know both those schools! The second one is the 6th form college in Belmont Hill...and very good at that, I believe.

          I really miss Lewisham. I had so many good mates there and so many happy memories of times shared too. I'm getting quite sad now...
          What uni do you got to now?
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          (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11870742

          If this is how some people are reacting on a very cold winter's night in one part of the country...is this the start of another winter of discontent?
          No, this idea of a winter of discontent has been proposed for the last 4 years in a row and as before it will be nothing like the real winter of discontent 0f 78/79. Its just the media trying to fill their pages and glorifying any protests that do happen even though they are by tiny groups of people whose mindless vandalism and violence is opposed by the vast majority of people in the country.
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          (Original post by Aj12)
          100 people is hardly a protest
          http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010...ouncil-protest

          100 people trying to enter the building plus another 200 outside...on a freezing cold weeknight...outside a local government town hall...

          In the grand scheme of local government politics - especially given voter turnout - that is a massive protest.

          Normally it's just a handful of people plus the odd Socialist Worker paper seller.
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          I went past there today. Good on them to protest! If I wasn't freezing and miserable at the lack of transport I would have joined in!
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            (Original post by Threepigs)
            What uni do you got to now?
            I'm actually at work now, as a strategic leader in education, although not in a teaching capacity.

            Maybe we should continue this discourse by pm as we're hijacking Rhyus' thread.
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            (Original post by yawn)
            Good on my old Lews'hum mates. If I still lived there, I would have joined them.

            The electorate will get a glimpse of what the coalition's cuts really mean once they start to bite in the New Year, first with an increase in VAT and then fuel increases. Other nasties to follow.

            I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a national revolt once consciousness sets in.
            "national revolt" my arse.

            The spending cuts are a necessity. Protesting what is necessary to get us out of this economic downturn is essentially useless.

            Get real. :nothing:
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              (Original post by jumpingjesusholycow)
              "national revolt" my arse.

              The spending cuts are a necessity. Protesting what is necessary to get us out of this economic downturn is essentially useless.

              Get real. :nothing:
              There is no need to get offensive...time will tell...and I'm the patient kind.
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              Ah how I miss Lewisham - made my entrance into the world there ^_^

              I hope more people are going to do this kind of thing - they're going to have to listen to us eventually.
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              (Original post by yawn)
              There is no need to get offensive...time will tell...and I'm the patient kind.
              I'm all for investment in industry that will promote growth, however, cuts still need to be made. The only difference between so called 'Labour policy' and Coalition policy is that the Coalition has had to make a tough decision right now, as opposed to having the luxury of promising the world that it's possible to cut some other day in some distant, far off reality 200 years ahead.

              Yes, it hurts. Spending cuts are never nice.

              But I would prefer to have an economic policy based on what will get us out of this situation the fastest.



              (Original post by psychocustard)
              I hope more people are going to do this kind of thing - they're going to have to listen to us eventually.
              Oh joy. What a wonderful world it would be if we simply allowed the loudest voice in the den dominate our political and economic direction :nothing:

              Fascist.
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              (Original post by jumpingjesusholycow)




              Oh joy. What a wonderful world it would be if we simply allowed the loudest voice in the den dominate our political and economic direction :nothing:
              It's not even that, it's the fact that they're going to have to realise that they depend on us so that they can actually carry out this stuff, and if we're all creating havoc then they're going to have to rethink.

              No, I'm not a huge advocate of direct action, but it's better than sitting back and letting them slowly screw us over.
             
             
             
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