The second post-election demo called by Cardiff People’s Assembly showed the depth of anger prompted by the Tory election victory – a victory that should not disguise the wholesale rejection of austerity politics by vast swathes of urban England, Wales and Northern Ireland, besides Scotland. Several hundred people met on Queen Street for a march through the city centre to the Central Library, and even experienced campaigners were surprised by the militancy on display, as well as the large numbers of politicised young people.
We will need that militancy. The Tories believe they now have a green light to slash services to the bone and deepen the misery of the poor, the disabled and the old. Only united action will stop them. In the immediate future, we need to build for the national day of action on 30 May and national anti-cuts demo on 30 June.