Hi all, we were asked to produce a condensed version of our plea to the Met. Seeing as our blog did evolve from a one page statement we thought we would share that original here. If anyone has any further suggestions please feel free to share them with us.
This is for every police officer who is going to be policing anti-cuts demonstrations.
Before you are ordered to kettle us; use your shield as a weapon, or even draw your baton please remember that we are your teachers, your nurses and doctors, your neighbours, your check out assistant, your child’s best friends parent, the elderly, children and disabled. We are all here to stand against cuts that affect us all, you included.
Your pay has not risen in how long, when is it next going to rise? Savage cuts are being made to police spending; in times when it seems that more and more is being asked of the men and women who join the police force. We are all marching to say we oppose EVERY cut. Many of us are marching to try to protect our children’s future; knowing that without changes our children can never afford to go into further education; could you afford for your child to go to university on your wages? These cuts in public spending are going to affect everyone who is not either a banker or politician, or has a similar wage packet as either. And to make matters worse, this all comes at a time when the cost of food, fuel, and gas, and electric are rising, when youth unemployment is higher than it has ever been; when thousands face loosing their jobs and homes as a result of these cuts.
This government uses the word ‘fair’ to describe what they are doing to our society, yet is it fair that this government indulges in “legitimate” criminal activities? Stealing tax payers money and giving it to corporations to run our services and makes the poor and hard working pay? Is it fair that huge companies get away without paying their taxes; the tax that Boots alone evade could stop the cuts on the NHS, the £7 billion tax Vodaphone evades could help thousands of families get out of the poverty trap. The tax that banks such as Barclays evades could be spent on police funding and so much more. Billions more is avoided by Tesco and Amazon on their offshore tax havens. All of this money could be used to pay of this countries debt, while not making one single cut to public spending.
We are peaceful protesters who are marching to tell our politicians that we are NOT going to pay for their mistakes any longer. It would be amazing if you JOINED us, as we are marching to protect your jobs too!