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calendar   Thursday - December 01, 2011

UNIONS STRIKE AND MERCHANTS CASH IN.

I saw a somewhat large union gathering on the green in Southampton yesterday.  Complete with the usual flags and signs etc.  But not quite as large as I’d expected.  And it’s true the streets were as crowded and packed as this photo portrays. While this shot is not Southampton, it was no different there.
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If I hadn’t been there, and I’d seen this photo today, I would have cynically thought it was one of those photos famous for showing a large crowd where only a small one was the reality.  But no.  A friend goes into Southampton every few months for odds and ends, and I enjoy tagging along as I like Maplin, an electronic store with all sorts of gadgets and toys and good batteries I stock up on. High tech and a staff that actually knows what they are talking about and are helpful. And blessing of blessings. They didn’t have any music on. Relief.

We had a number of stops to make, or rather my friend did and the walk was good for me as I don’t do much of that.  So as I was saying, the crowds were unbelievable and I had not seen that many in the past.  I was forgetting about the one day nation wide strike by the comrades.
They weren’t in evidence anywhere on the high street as there was nothing to picket.

I didn’t see them until we left and were outbound for Winchester. That was when I saw them on the green outside the city center.  It’s my understanding by reading our local paper this morning, that Winchester’s high street merchants enjoyed the boon because so many were off work or out of school.
As we were making our way back to his car, parked it felt like miles away, we were going through side streets and an alley or two when I saw the remains of the ancient wall.  Oh good grief.  Was I carrying a camera with me as I’d been lectured years ago by a pro? Of course not.  So I borrowed the phone camera from said friend and did a few snaps, which included me climbing an old fire escape on an old bldg., one rail of which had come away from it’s wall mountings.  There was so much more before the war, that anything was left is a miracle. He’s going to load the pix on his pc and email me.  Soon as he does I’ll share.


On the day of the big strike, picket lines are quiet, but shopping centres are packed

By JAMES CHAPMAN and BECKY BARROW

Militant union leaders failed in their campaign to bring Britain to its knees yesterday.
David Cameron dismissed as a ‘damp squib’ a strike billed as the biggest for a generation.
With picket lines sparsely populated, only a quarter of civil servants took action, the NHS suffered minimal disruption and Britain’s borders operated more smoothly than normal. JobCentres remained open, courts were sitting, rubbish was collected and driving tests went ahead.

SEE THE PHOTOS HERE, THEY TELL A BETTER STORY


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