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    More than 250,000 people have attended a march and rally in central London against public spending cuts. Did you protest?

    Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed crowds in Hyde Park and the main march organised by the Trades Union Congress passed off peacefully.

    But splinter groups have attacked shops and banks, and a stand-off with police is taking place in Piccadilly.

    Ministers say the cuts are necessary to get the public finances in order.

    Did you take part in the demonstration? What cause were you marching for? Were you caught up in the protest while out in central London? Do you agree with the protests?



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    Whether we like it or not, the cuts are necessary to get the public finances in order.
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    *Ed Milibands cringiest speech
    *Damage to private and public propety


    Thats about it, it wont effect the cuts
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    It showed that Ed Miliband really is completely out of touch with reality and is begging to be made a puppet by the unions. He had no right to be part of a demonstration when just under a year ago intended to make cuts that were just as bad.

    And the police are completely and utterly useless. If this was the USA those anarchists would be locked up in hours.
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    The splinter groups that were behaving violently were despicable:

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    The cuts really won't be affected by any amount of protesting. well unless they have to increase cuts to pay for the damages the protests cause. No one wants the cuts but like many things in life they are a necessary evil.
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    Absoultely nothing. Just being honest. The decision was final the cuts will be made, it'll take 5years or so to see if they was painful but helpful or just left a disastrous and painful effect on the economy.
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    Nothing.
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    That the Labour Party are absolute retards.

    Ed Miliband

    A few months ago

    'We would have made cuts if we were in power as well as they're needed to deal with the deficit'

    Yesterday

    'Im going on the march tomorrow against the cuts because of the massive effect they will have on people in the UK'

    Today

    'Dear Diary, I'm an absolute retard'
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    (Original post by meenu89)
    Nothing.
    Agreed. :yep:
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    Nothing much. Ed Miliband has now shown he will be running on a no cuts at all platform other wise he just lost himself 250k of votes.
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    It achieved a bill to the Tax Payer for the Police and the damage done to the shops in the area and the clean up that will follow.
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    It didn't achieve much, no one expected it to but the turnout was a lot more than was expected. This is only the beginning, we're going to see a lot more of these protests and strikes.
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    Pretty much bugger all.

    (Original post by i.am.lost)
    Whether we like it or not, the cuts are necessary to get the public finances in order.
    Whilst the cuts are necessary at some point, they're not necessary at this speed and ferocity, which is what I think the march was about.
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    well, it took a big chunk out of the polices budget, means theres more money spent fixing the damage, therefore less cash to go round in general
    on the plus hand all the liberal hippie douche types will feel they actually did something and will shut up for a couple of weeks
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    Pretty much bugger all.



    Whilst the cuts are necessary at some point, they're not necessary at this speed and ferocity, which is what I think the march was about.
    at the moment we have to borrow money to pay the interest on our debt... we need the cuts fast
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    (Original post by f00ddude)
    at the moment we have to borrow money to pay the interest on our debt... we need the cuts fast
    The point is do we protract our debt payments in favour of more gradual restructuring, so that economic growth is not hampered, or do we cut hard & fast now and hope that when the times get good we can rebuild much of the social programmes and infrastructure lost?
    None of us are qualified here to pass comment on which is the better action - we can only make ideological assertions. I don't even think the government has enough information and insight to pass comment either.
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    (Original post by f00ddude)
    at the moment we have to borrow money to pay the interest on our debt... we need the cuts fast
    That fact alone means practically nothing. Our national debt will be barely affected by these cuts, so it makes no difference either way, if it's the national debt you're getting at, which isn't the issue here anyway. As for the deficit, many countries have been running on larger deficits than us for years now and it hasn't posed a problem. Obviously it's not ideal but there is nothing to suggest that the cuts need to be made as quickly as they are now.
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    (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
    That fact alone means practically nothing. Our national debt will be barely affected by these cuts, so it makes no difference either way, if it's the national debt you're getting at, which isn't the issue here anyway. As for the deficit, many countries have been running on larger deficits than us for years now and it hasn't posed a problem. Obviously it's not ideal but there is nothing to suggest that the cuts need to be made as quickly as they are now.
    ok, thats like saying its not going to make a difference if 1 person takes enviromental meassures, so lets none of us bother
    with your kinda thinking look what happened to Ireland
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    (Original post by JAR12)
    The point is do we protract our debt payments in favour of more gradual restructuring, so that economic growth is not hampered, or do we cut hard & fast now and hope that when the times get good we can rebuild much of the social programmes and infrastructure lost?
    None of us are qualified here to pass comment on which is the better action - we can only make ideological assertions. I don't even think the government has enough information and insight to pass comment either.
    they are doing both
    the student tuition fee rise will actually be costing the government more money for a few years due to implementation costs and the much larger student loans needed. its only when people start paying it back it will make any real difference
    and i study politics at uni so i do actually know what im talking about as a large chunk of my seminars are talking about this at the moment
 
 
 
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