Video footage of a 50,000 strong demo on Sunday 29th September 2013.
The march had a united aim of bringing attention towards the government's attacks on the NHS [http://www.nationalhealthforum.org.uk/nhs%20under%20attack.html] whilst they were visiting the city for a party conference, as they did 2 years previously. As usual with these kind of demos, other groups with their own agendas participated, namely this time the anti badger cull protesters (who didn't approve of our chants with naughty swear words in them oops!). Unfortunately for them in their monochrome attire, they ended up stuck with the black bloc anarchists though we did remain kind when they were literally thrusting their signs in our faces.
Don't get me wrong, I am a 6+ year vegetarian boycotting any kind of animal tested product and 100% against the badger cull but when middle class animal rights activists try to discredit other people at marches who probably hate the Conservative policies just as much, if not more, than they do, the classic problems of infighting that can be seen in leftist groups become increasingly apparent. The left appear to be getting more fragmented, especially with the recent disgrace from the SWP [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/09/socialist-workers-party-rape-kangaroo-court] and sadly it appears that these marches acheive nothing more than a walk through a city on a sunny sunday morning with a bunch of likeminded angry northerners (my favourite kind of people by the way). I find that my own personal politics have shifted in the last couple of years from my idealistic times with the Socialist Party in Grimsby, to now being plunged out of my bubble and into an environment where marching simply isn't enough on an individual and mass level.