Blocking the Bridge
When UK Uncut first launched, it was a direct action movement which people could get involved in. It was cheeky rather than shouty, encouraging is to remember that very British political tradition – civil disobedience.
When the police lied to 145 of us on the 26th of March, many journalists wrote the organisation off. Although the tactic used on that day was no different from those used before, the mass arrest gave hacks the impression that no one would take part any more. The court case would drain those who were involved, and discourage those who weren’t.
And so today was about standing together to defend the NHS. But it was also a key moment for UK Uncut. And today, around two thousand ordinary British people blocked Westminster Bridge, laughed together to Mark Thomas, Josie Long and Chris Coltrane, demanded together that our NHS must not be sold off, and said that UK Uncut is not over. We will continue. And by asserting that civil disobedience is a valid and a useful tactic, hopefully we can encourage others to use it too.
And this movement isn’t going anywhere. As Josie Long said today: “I don’t give a fuck what the result of this bill is. I will never stop fighting this”.