What a day! Great weather, fantastic atmosphere, lots of family fun, enthusiastic political speeches and tremendous solidarity. All of this was on offer at Durham’s Miners Gala this year. Apparently it has been labelled the biggest in its history and also the largest in Europe. They estimate 200,000 attended and from what I saw those figures seem realistic. What an achievement. My thanks to all involved in making this a great day for all.
Plenty of people turned up just for the fun of the day and there was plenty on offer to keep people entertained. Especially if you like a little politics. There were some truly amazing and beautiful banners at the march this year. It would seem the last seven years of Tory attacks on workers rights, unions, working families, austerity, benefit cuts, middles class, the sheer corruption and even the elderly being targeted in the manifesto as the nation angry and this has mobilised many.
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech was, as always, inspirational. Setting out clearly he is ready for another battle with the Tories. This is his strong point, the campaigning period and with polls putting Corbyn comfortably ahead it is easy to understand why he is ready. Labour don’t seem to have put the battle bus away just yet. Seems everyone is expecting another general election soon. People are now clearly sick of the Tory lies, sound bites, corruption and blatant contempt for the public sector.
I’m very much looking forward to the next fight!