The Anti-Cuts Protest In London – Part ThreeApril 2, 2011
Sunday: the day after the anti-cuts protest in London. The news reports and radio phone-ins had reached fever pitch regarding the small number of agitators who caused damage yesterday. The main, peaceful march had been all but forgotten. How depressingly predictable. I decided to go to central London and take some photos of the damage, now that things had calmed down. This is what I found in Piccadilly:
I then moved along to Trafalgar Square where I found our 2012 countdown clock. It had never looked better:
Some enterprising chap saw fit to climb up to one of the panels at the base of Nelson’s Column and place a placard. Looks rather good I think:
Another monkey climbed up this statue and dressed it up.
This final set was taken of the base of Nelson’s Column with the Landseer Lions. The graffiti is what you’d expect and it was sad to see the Lions messed up in that way, but what was more disturbing to me was how tourists, out-of towners and Londoners were behaving.
They just carried on taking their photos and messing around. It was like yesterday never happened. One woman with her friends and possibly her boyfriend/husband was near the dressed up statue. I overheard her saying: “I wanted to take a photo of that statue, but they’ve spoiled it.” If that was her only concern in the face of severe cuts, loss of jobs and services, potential homelessness and hikes in the cost of living, and she was representative of this country, then we’re screwed.