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Rally Against Debt

March 30th, 2011 Posted in Debt by

Protest marches are rarely a very effective way to change public opinion. Most look self-serving, some get hi-jacked by violent minorities. They act more as rallying points for the already convinced rather than ‘could be persuaded’.

With tongue firmly in cheek to make a serious point then, opponents of ever larger government are organising a “civilised and well mannered” rally against “pointless government initiatives” on 14th May 2011.

It is unlikely the rally will attract the quarter million claimed by the TUC. Cuts make a small number of people very angry, debt reduction benefits everyone largely invisibly by reducing crowding out and other barriers to growth. The balance of emotion is in the other camp.

It should though attract a good crowd and is a thoroughly recommended day-out for fans of liberty and a smaller state. Liberal Vision will be there.

13 Responses to “Rally Against Debt”

  1. Andrew Says:

    There definitely won’t be 250,000 people if it’s held 10 months in the past!

  2. Andy Mayer Says:

    Cringe… good spot… :-)

  3. Ben Lodge Says:

    Recommend this to all who support cuts, should be a relaxed atmosphere and it’ll be nice to meet some like minded people.

  4. R Brown Says:

    Seeing that we taxpayers are all far too busy working and raising families to pitch up in London with placards on a Saturday, can’t we have a virtual demo? Not so photogenic, but you might actually get people involved.

  5. Robert Says:

    If only you’d had this idea during Gordon Brown’s tenure. Maybe the country would not have as much debt as it does now. Oh well.

  6. Stevo Says:


    You need to have a counter of how many people are going to attend on your site, otherwise the media will have no idea how great the underlying support is.

    No apparent support, no media interest, no free marketing in the media, no where near the potential support on the day. Fail.

    Also, a petition for support of the cuts, running into the hundreds of thousands or more, may be almost as effective as a march….

    Just a thought.

    All the best


  7. Andy Mayer Says:

    All good thoughts Stevo, something for the organisers to consider, LV are sympathetic supporters rather than running this.

  8. Angela Says:

    I agree with many of the comments made. But it is surely a worthwhile enterprise and I will also be going along to it. Angela

  9. Steve Says:

    I hope it is fun and not hijacked. But either way, I’ll be there.

  10. Julian Says:

    Yes, there won’t be the numbers at The Rally Against Debt as there were for March for The Alternative (about 125,000 people, realistically).

    Because most of the children from whom we’re borrowing the money haven’t been born yet, and the rest of us studying hard or are hard at work.

    Good on you, Liberal Vision, for being there. We need to keep making argument until the deficit deniers are utterly discredited in the public mind. And then some.

  11. Tom Papworth Says:


    There is a Facebook event with over 1000 confirmed attendees and a page with 700 friends. It’s a start.

  12. Tom Papworth Says:


    We might stage a sit-in in a pub after the march, refusing to leave until we’ve pad off a significant proportion of the public debt ourselves via consumption taxes.

  13. the pirate Says:

    5.25pm. Sad to say you only got 350 at your rally mate. Not even anywhere near as many as the Disabilities folk a few days ago.