After the scenes at Trafalgar Square on Saturday night, more actions against the legacy of Margaret Thatcher are being prepared in Southampton.
Thousands flocked to London despite the bad weather. In attendance were veterans of the miners’ struggle, who cheered as they carried the banner of the North East miners’ union down the steps behind Nelson’s column.
Some who came had lived during Thatcher’s premiership and were negatively affected by her policies. Also in attendance were students, socialists and activists opposing the coalition’s austerity and privatization programme.
The protest was marked by music, the placard ‘There IS such a thing as society,’ and a huge Thatcher puppet sneering over the crowd.
Whilst many pay public tribute to Thatcher, others are angry at her portrayal as a ‘great leader,’ seeing it as an attempt to whitewash a politician with a brutal record.
On Thursday 18th April, there will be a public meeting held entitled ‘Thatcherism is Alive and Kicking’, at 7.30pm, Avenue Campus, to raise awareness of how the coalition government’s policies are continuing Thatcher’s legacy.
Speakers include Keith Morrell, anti-cuts councillor for Coxford ward and Sue Atkins, veteran of the Southampton support group for striking miners in the 1980s.