We live in a time of unprecedented political upheaval in the UK. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, failed dismally or her own terms in the general election, and now clings to power by her fingertips. The only way that May and the Tory architects of austerity can hold on a bit longer is to make a deal with the DUP. In doing so they have not only found the illusive magic money tree, they have also found £1 billion for Northern Ireland to help cement their coalition of chaos.
The government and its disastrous policies are deeply unpopular across the country. At the same time, a real challenge to the status quo has emerged under Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Millions of all ages are engaged and inspired by Jeremy's anti- war, anti-racist and anti-austerity message of hope. There is a palpable feeling that change is coming, but it won't happen by itself. It is vital that we keep up the pressure on the streets. From women winning the vote, to the civil rights movement in the US, the mass demonstration against war, and austerity of more recent years, history shows us that the mass mobilisation of ordinary people can change and does change the world.
On Saturday 1 July, we have called a national demonstration which is supported by Trade Unions and community organisations across the country.
We're marching against a Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. We're marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. We’ll hold a minute’s silence for the victims of Grenfell Tower and a minute’s applause for the emergency services who responded so bravely.
Of course, at this time, we must also send our deepest condolences and solidarity to our friends at the Finsbury Park Mosque. Colleagues there have played a central role to the People's Assembly. Now more than ever we need to show unity in such difficult times.
Further details can be found on the People’s Assembly website page.
A group of MK Labour Party members will be meeting at Milton Keynes Central Station at 10.30am to travel to London together. You are welcome to join us. Please contact Kevin Vickers for further details. Kevin can be reached by email (address below).