London Protests

UPDATE 10/05/2015 13:53 

The BBC has shown tiny clips that downplay the protests in London in much the same way it did with the Scottish Independence Protests. Mainstream media here is reporting as little as possible while other European countries are getting more coverage of the march than we did, full showing the scale of the protest.

Our police apparently reported to the BBC that there were “100 people” on the protest when, in reality, there were people marching in force around London and Downing Street and there was a heavy police present.

‪#‎ToriesOutNow‬ was trending on twitter and suddenly it just disappeared and appears to have been deleted.

It looks as if the UK Government is currently being censored.

It cannot be argued that the media is not bias. Of course it is. It is controlled by people with authority and it seems that the current news of an anti-Tory rally outside Downing street is being offered little media coverage.

I’ve spoken little on this blog of politics as of yet, but it is something that I feel strongly about. As a young person under the age of 18, I don’t hold the right to vote, but I am still very interested in the politics of our country.

After the Tories were victorious after the election earlier this week, hundreds have gathered outside Downing Street in a political stance. But, what are the main issues?

One of the biggest issues bought to the forefront by the recent election is the fact that the “First Past the Post” system in the UK isn’t fair. It means that the number of votes a party gets might not reflect the number of MPs that are actually elected to parliament. For example, this election saw the SNP (Scottish National Party) get 58 MPs in Parliament with just 7% of the vote whereas The Green Party got 1 MP with 4% of the vote. The increase in votes should have strengthened the Green voice in parliament but instead did little at all. It means that a party that has fewer votes than another can still get more MPs elected and will then have more of a chance of forming a government despite not getting the most votes overall.

The next major issue is that many people within our country do not agree with the policies of the Conservative party. For example, here’s what we can expect to see from a Conservative government over the next five years:

The NHS set for further privatisation

The Tories’ reforms of the National Health Service look set to continue as, after already having seen an extensive privatisation over the last five years, it looks as if Cameron will continue to auction off parts of the NHS to private businesses.

Workers’ rights could be reduced

Under the Coalition Government, unemployment has seen a fall which could be due to the controversial ‘Zero Hour’ contracts which Labour has said that they would abolish. The Liberal Democrats have been successful in having stopped the Conservatives from reducing the employment rights of workers whilst in coalition but they no longer have the say.

An EU referendum

Having promised to hold the referendum as to whether or not we should stay in the European Union or leave if he got back into office, it looks certain for an EU referendum to occur in 2017. Cameron has said that he wants to stay as a part of the EU but many other Tory members disagree.

The Human Rights Act could be scrapped

Cameron pledged in his 2010 manifesto to scrap the Human Rights Act but was unable to do so due to opposition from the Lib Dems. He plans to replace the 1998 Act with a new British Bill of Rights.

Does this protest mark the start of a real political reform in the UK or will it be overseen as easily as it has been by the media?

Here’s a link to the live stream of the rally:


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