Brief Reflections On Today
March 27, 2011 § 4 Comments
It’s late – so some brief thoughts on a fantastic day today.
- Big numbers on the streets. People really, really care.
- We need more and better songs, chants and beats. Before each march, we should train up blocks of 10 chant leaders every 100 meters to lead the crowds. Vuvuzelas can only get you so far.
- Fortnum & Mason was the wrong swoop target for UK Uncut. Their owners may dodge tax and give to the Conservative Party but the link from F&M to the government cuts is too weak for a strong media message. It may be that there were few non-policed targets left, but today was about public sector cuts, and the class war/royals angle didn’t work.
- Fantastic reaction as usual from the public to the traditional UK Uncut actions outside high street shops. (We did this brilliant rap outside of Boots, got cheers and ‘well done’s from various passers-by. A mix of public theatre, education and campaigning works beautifully.
- Media will always, always go with shock value – no matter how small. Sometimes this works (first education march – changed national narrative into one of resistance), but sometimes it doesn’t. Today it didn’t.
- Need for a clear ‘what are we all going to do when we get home’ plan and that needs to be communicated all day. Something along the lines of ‘we come back in a month with five friends’, or ‘we organise protests in every major town and city in two months time’. Need for building of momentum.
- Our talking heads were not strong enough. Being drawn into a us vs the black block is not helpful. Need for a back-up army of commenters, callers and organisational commentary filling airtime with our message.
Do you agree? What else?