Whilst Indymedia have dubbed the 2011 march an ‘astroturfed’ as opposed to ‘grassroots’ action, claiming it’s main aim is to win the Socialist Party more members, I still believe that the march is worth supporting.
Whilst the original 1936 march is remembered warmly, and the marchers received a great deal of support and public sympathy, political assistance was not forthcoming from the ruling National Government (the coalition of the day…), despite Wilkinson’s best efforts. It is impossible to predict if the 2011 march will be any more successful, but as you will see from their website, it is a rather different campaign, which has evolved differently, and which exists in a different context to the original.
The march set off from Jarrow on 1st October. The marchers will be arriving in Leeds on the 8th October, in Nottingham on the 15th October, Coventry on the 22nd October, Northampton on the 29th October, arriving in London on the 5th November. To find out more, visit Jarrow March 2011.
Picture of Lizi Gray and her grandad against backdrop of Jarrow ’36 imagery, both holding an original 1936 banner The Daily Mirror via Youth Fight For Jobs. Picture of banner made by Occupy! reading ‘Feral Underclass Against The Tories’, taken in Albert Square, Manchester, 2nd October 2011. Authors own, CopyLeft