The NHS and Welfare State are being destroyed and the people doing it have names and addresses. One of those people is Nick Clegg, who lives in Parkfields, a leafy street in Putney, SW13 (no 2, if his ‘terrified’ neighbours are anything to go by, many of whom were all too ready to grass the slimy lying wanker up and reveal his address to protesters).
Yesterday’s street party outside Nick Clegg’s house was one of several actions around the country staged by UK Uncut. Clegg’s constituency office in Sheffield was also a target. The protests were billed as ‘Great British Street Parties’ a reference to the fawning display of deference set to sweep the country over next weekend’s jubilee.
Despite Clegg’s claim that his neighbour’s children were scared by the protest, many in the community actively joined in the party with a couple of local kids even producing an impromptu anti-cuts banner. It’s clear Nick Clegg is as unpopular in his own neighbourhood as he is in the rest of the UK.
I have to admit to feeling a little underwhelmed on arriving at the protest. Despite a good attendance of around 200 people, and a heroic action from Disabled People Against Cuts, who chained wheelchairs together in order to block the road and secure the space,it was about as un-threatening as you could get. One person described it as a very fluffy picnic. Reclaim the Streets it was not.
But whether it was down to the sun or the beer I changed my mind. All in all it was a fun day out, and with bunting, cake, music and dancing it was exactly what it said on the tin. UK Uncut were right to pick a target that was both achievable and well directed. By all measures it was a huge success for the direct action group and lays the foundation for bigger and more ambitious action in the future.
The over the top reaction from the Tory twitter trolls was just the icing on the cake. Grinning idiot Louise Mensch sounded like she was back on the charlie as she frantically denounced the protest and furiously retweeted anyone who agreed with her bizarre view that targeting a politician’s home is unacceptable.
Thousands of people are currently losing their homes due to Clegg and Cameron’s cuts. For those made homeless, this Government’s assault on the very poorest is as personal as it gets. And their children genuinely go to bed frightened by the actions of Nick Clegg and his millionaire chums in the cabinet.
Why should Nick Clegg rest easy in his sleep when by his actions he is condemning swathes of the country to poverty and homelessness? UK Uncut’s street party was a well aimed tactic to hold millionaire Clegg accountable for his actions. If they come for our homes, then we should come for theirs.