Harry Phibbs: Over a 1,000 sign up to attend Rally Against Debt on May 14
Over a thousand people (including me) have already signed up on Facebook to say they will attend the Rally Against Debt in London on Saturday May 14.
Their Facebook site says more about what is planned:
A well mannered, polite rally for civilised people who don't wish to see their hard earned money being spent on pointless government initiatives and instead would like government spending to actually fall and our national debt to be cut.
We don't think that it's fair for us to continue borrowing money to live a lifestyle that we simply can't afford - burdening our children with unnecessary debt that they will have to pay back.
Any visits to Fortnum and Mason's by protestors will only be to marvel at their selection of quality goods and perhaps make the occasional purchase.
Bonfires will be strictly forbidden: it's out of season anyway
Trips to see Vodafone and other high street chains will result in congratulations to the company for providing jobs and growth in the UK.
Their website adds:
Q. What do the rally attendees believe?
A. We all think that the national debt is a really serious issue and it would be immoral to leave it to future generations, we need substantial spending cuts sooner rather than later to avoid seeing
more and more of our taxes go on debt interest not paying for services. Beyond that reasonable people can differ about what should be cut, how much and when. No particular party, organisation or person is leading this protest and there is no common position beyond our basic concern about the huge public sector deficit.
Q. What do I need to do to attend?
If you can, please register that you are attending on Facebook here. It helps us keep a track of how many people we can expect
If not, just come along on the day. It is being held in London, at a precise location which will be confirmed closer to the time, from 11.00am on Saturday 14 May.
If you would like to, feel free to dress up, bring a placard or otherwise express yourself. Otherwise, just come along.
It will be an interesting test of "social media" and a "viral campaign" how the event goes. Guido Fawkes has given a plug. So has Dan Hannan. Comparisons with the American Tea Party movement are rather far fetched. But it does reflect how politics is increasingly something that is a bottom up rather than top down activity.