This is a message to every UK police man and woman before the Anti Cuts Demonstration in London on March 26th

15 Mar

“Before the possibility that on the March 26th London demonstration MET police are ordered to kettle us; use their shields as a weapon, or even draw their baton please remember that we are your teachers, your nurses and doctors, your neighbours, your checkout assistant, your child’s best friend’s parent, the disabled, the elderly, the students and the children. We are all here to stand against cuts that affect us all, you included.


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 losing 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 country’s debt, while not making one single cut to public spending.


The government is saying these cuts are necessary, but they are not. We are told that we ‘are all in this together’ but so far the widely supported Robin Hood tax is not being implemented. The legal loopholes that allow individuals and companies to evade millions even billions in tax have not yet been closed.  We are told that it is spending on welfare, the NHS, the police force, local councils that are to blame for the financial position our country finds itself in; but it is the tax avoiders, the corporations and the banks who are REALLY responsible for this debt; as they suck out money from the system into tax havens and hidden accounts and avoid tax. They remain unchallenged by government, who are working to give them even more control over the things in our communities that matter.


How can we afford to lose the tax payers’ public sector; the things that protect us, that we pay for; the NHS, the schools, the libraries, the nurseries, elderly care services, the police on our streets, the rape crisis centres, the voluntary and community organisations; just so that already greed-driven corporations can get their claws into our tax-payer state, then be paid by us to run vital services badly. Once these changes are made it is very unlikely we will be ever able to go back to the things that mattered. The corporations, the banks and stock-market racketeers continue to get fatter salaries, bigger bonuses, larger investments while the poor and weak struggle to survive. . That is why we are fighting these cuts and we are asking YOU to join us, we are at a crucial, historical moment.


We all understand that you have to uphold the law; that is your job. What we are all asking is for you to allow us to march, not kettle and beat us. We are peaceful protesters in the main; many of us are mothers who are bringing our children with us as these cuts affect them too. We 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 like the police in Wisconsin did when faced with a similar situation.


We are marching to protect your jobs too!


Please, join the people. The people who care about this country!


With love and solidarity, the concerned, peaceful, law-abiding citizens of Britain”


36 Responses to “This is a message to every UK police man and woman before the Anti Cuts Demonstration in London on March 26th”

  1. achancetospeak March 16, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    To anybody who reads this and knows where the letter can be posted to make a *real* impact; please forward the link to the page on to as many people, forums etc as you can.


    • Gordon McIntosh March 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      Nice thought, but naive. The Polie are merely an arm of the State, they have no individual consciousness, they are trained to be a ‘breed’, a collective, a mass, and to OBEY. Why do you think they literally get away with Murder? When shit happens in the Police they close rank and the chiefs responsible promoted to keep them shtum.
      I am the son of a Miner and I know that the Met Police is an Evil machine. Period!

      • achancetospeak March 17, 2011 at 7:38 am #

        I understand what you are saying (my father was also a Miner). But there has been no other time when everybody; police included have been hit with such savage cuts. And we all have to remember that underneath that uniform is a human being; just like you or I. The men and women who are working as part of the police all have to pay bills, all of which are steadily rising unlike their wages.

        We have to at least try to get the ordinary ‘bobby on the beat’ onside. If it can happen in America why not here?

      • milos March 26, 2011 at 9:19 am #

        I know this may feel difficult to accept at times but ‘machines are innocent’ – they only do what people make them do. So, don’t shout at the machine, talk to the people, especially those ‘on the other side’. There are many way to do this…

  2. a person March 16, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Great piece; let’s hope someone is listening!

  3. Nobody March 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm #


  4. Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Well said, this message needs spreading far and wide.

  5. fiona March 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    May I suggesy you post a link to this on the facebook page for the metropolitan police? Click “Like” first to enable you to post a comment.

    • Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

      Thank you for that fiona! Consider it done 😀

  6. judy March 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    You could also print it off and send it to them in the post –

    Metropolitan Police Service
    New Scotland Yard
    SW1H 0BG

    Or fill in their online feedback page –

  7. Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Thank you all for the suggestions, keep them coming. Also (if you haven’t already) please share this page with as many people as possible.


    • Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      tweeted the link (although by someone else’s original) to as many Police forces in the UK as I could.

  8. Mary March 17, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Or, to put it another way, some of us are not peaceful protesters. Please don’t do your jobs.

    Wouldn’t it be great if the problem was that some companies had started avoiding tax? Unfortunately that is pure nonsence the tax regime has become tighter and tighter. Boots has not evaded tax, it has been taken over and is now funded by debt (upon which tax is paid, just not by Boots). The Vodafone £7Bn is no more than a myth created by a mistake made by a journalist.

    • Sarah March 17, 2011 at 10:57 am #


      The majority of protesters are peaceful and a very small majority are not …. yet time and again we have seen the majority of protesters being kettled and then beaten by the police. This piece has asked that the police DO NOT kettle or beat the majority of protesters but instead uphold the law when the law has been broken …. and protest is not breaking the law!!

      The only myth that has been created is by the government stating that these cuts need to happen …. here is a brief history lesson. At the end of the second world war England was totally broke money wise …. worse then what we are seeing today! Yet that government were able to start free education, the NHS and the benefits system. Amazing how they could do that when this country was in a worse condition then what we are facing now!

      There are legal loops in our tax laws which need to be plugged up … that is a fact. The people that have placed us in this position are getting away with it and also getting bonuses … that is a fact. The only people who are paying the price are US … our services which help those in the greatest of need … that is a fact.

      Open your eyes and actually take a look to what is happening around you, our NHS is at risk we face the real possibility of returning to a time where the best medical care can only be got if you have enough money to pay for it! Unemployment is on the rise but yet the benefits system is being cut to shreds which puts those claiming under more pressure money wise and psychologically …. imagine being told that you haven’t looked hard enough for a job and having your benefits put on hold for 3 weeks .. and this goes up every time you are deemed not to be looking hard enough .. this is for single parents as well. Our libraries are under threat .. does this government not want our children to have free access to BOOKS!! Several services like CAB, rape centres, drug services etc are being cut … we need these services!! The list goes on and on … so how about you actually look around you … get angry .. and have your voice heard along side millions of others and join us in telling OUR government (even though we didn’t actually vote for them) what it is WE want … as at the end of the day the government are only in power to represent us the people … or have we forgotten this?

      • Lee March 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

        “At the end of the second world war England was totally broke money wise…. worse then what we are seeing today!”

        erm, even leaving aside higher rates of tax, you do know that the BASIC rate of income tax, i.e. the standard rate, was 33% at the end of the second world war?

        You could certainly raise a lot of money today if, instead of cutting services, you increased the basic tax rate by more than half, to 30%!

      • Lee March 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

        Sorry, “by more than half to 33%”…

    • achancetospeak March 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      Mary, some of the people who are a part of A chance to speak are mothers with young children, are disabled or elderly who are planning on taking part in this national demonstration against these unfair and unnecessary cuts.

      We want to march peacefully; as is our right as British subjects. We would also like people from the police force to join us; as we realise that they are going to be as affected by these cuts, rise in fuel, food, utility bills as everyone else who does not earn over £50 k per annum!

      You obviously have the right to believe what you want; but you do not have the right to assume that the point of this message is to make sure the police do not do their jobs! We do not want to be part of a riot (it says that quite clearly in our message); we want to march!

  9. SuxintheCity March 18, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    MADISON, Wis. — Hundreds of off-duty police officers and deputies joined protests today against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that would strip most collective bargaining powers from about 170,000 public employees. 🙂

  10. SuxintheCity March 18, 2011 at 7:25 am #
    On Friday, March 11, a crowd of almost 5,000 people packed St. Louis’ Kiener Plaza to stand up against bills in the Missouri Legislature that would hurt working families, including Right-to-Work-for-Less legislation (SB 1), Minimum Wage Repeal (HB 61 and SB 110), and the Child Labor Repeal (SB 222). Carpenters, laborers, pipefitters, boilermakers, teachers, autoworkers, teamsters, janitors, nurses, policemen, glaziers, machinists, electricians, insulators- just about every local in the St. Louis metropolitan area was represented at this rally. 🙂

  11. Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    condensed version needed for leaflet to hand out

    • achancetospeak March 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      A condensed version is being worked upon; will be posting an update very early next week which will have more info’, ideas and media to use. 🙂

  12. SuxintheCity March 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm #
    This is the link for the Met police official leaflet regarding march. 🙂
    Welcome to London
    – the Metropolitan Police Service
    hopes that you have a safe day.
    The police are here to help you
    have a peaceful demonstration.
    This leaflet explains how the
    demonstration will be policed
    and what to do if there are any
    This leaflet is NOT a notice
    under sections 12 or 14 of
    the Public Order Act 1986
    (the law which allows the
    police to impose conditions
    on assemblies/marches

  13. Suxinthecity March 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Fantastic quote !

    6. At 19:47pm on 26th Mar 2011, steve wrote:
    As a retired Met Police officer I marched with my wife a nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing a non affiliated trade union we were joined by Prison Officers,off duty police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and around 400,000 other public sector workers and their families the entire TUC organised march passed 100% peacefully amicably .
    It displayed the overwhelming opposition of the public sector to the cuts as being too fast and too deep.

    The vast majority of the public sector Unions accept that some cuts are regrettably needed owing to the banker generated credit crisis , public sector workers have accepted a pay freeze for 2 years which amounts to a 12% pay cut in real terms ,which has not been required of other employees or the captains of industry and city bookies who have granted themselves mega pay deals and bonuses. The unions believe these cuts are best done over an extended period as this will avoid damage to the economy and allow some possibility of employment for young people who will otherwise find themselves a lost generation.

    Why then has the Media portrayed the separate disorder by a few Anarchist nutters as part of the march. It manifestly wasn’t anything to do with it a fact freely acknowledged by the Metropolitan police who after all are in a better position to know than pontificating journalists or Tory central office staff.

  14. Suxinthecity March 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Please read sign and pass on where you think appropriate. Thank you.

  15. Suxinthecity March 28, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    Fantastic article from Laurie Penny who was inside Kettle at Trafalgar Square.

  16. Suxinthecity March 28, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Excellent Statement regarding UKUncut actions March 26th


  17. Suxinthecity March 28, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    All pictures taken by @arbolioto blog and twitter accounts. Please credit. They can be used by press and bloggers.

  18. Suxinthecity March 28, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    SchNEWS emergency bulletin on the M26 demos in London

  19. SuxintheCity March 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    A letter to UK Uncutters from the ‘violent minority’
    Mon, 28/03/2011 – 18:10 — Joseph Kay

    Ta Chaps 🙂

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