Monday, 29 August 2016

What can we learn from Pride & LGSM – No to Austerity

What can we learn from Pride & LGSM – No to Austerity

Here is a thought what if Lesbian Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) were actively around now and turned their attention to the brutal onslaught on our Libraries, Museums and Galleries? 

To help understand where I am going here is an inspirational clip of the scene in the Miners Club from Pride when LGSM decided they needed to up the ante. The look on his face when he decided they had to do more is something I can identify with. The scene ends with a beautiful rendition of “Bread & Roses” which I would like to arrange to be sung at the end of the march on 5 November. If you know of a choir who would sing it on the march please let me know. 

So as Heineken do not do marches here is my revised script of the above scene but in this case it is the call to arms to defend our Libraries, Museums and Galleries:  

“Listen to me everyone I just want to say something, we the unions have let you down, no we have, we haven’t stopped the cuts, closures, the privatisation of our libraries our museums and our galleries, we haven’t raised enough awareness, we know that, it’s not enough to always be defending sometimes you have to attack push forward, and that is exactly what we are going to do, we are organising a demonstration so spectacular people will be talking about this demonstration for decades it will be so incredible so effective to that the Tory government will come crawling on their hands and knees in full drag to beg for forgiveness for the brutal cuts they unleashed on our public services, Victory, Victory for our Libraries, Museums and Galleries.”

On Saturday 12 September 2015 I was proud to be able to march with a wonderful group of residents on our Kids4Libraries march and we were joined by Nicola Field one of the original members of LGSM and their iconic banner and also the late Davey Hopper with the Durham Miners banner. It was also the day Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader. 

If you have not seen the film, please look at some of the trailers:

Pride 2014 Trailer here

Pride 2014 - Dance scene

Pride Movie CLIP Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy

Pride Movie CLIP - LGSM Meets Dai

Pride Movie CLIP - Bread & Roses

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