Upon the Conservatives’ victory in the recent general election, it seemed Prime Minister Theresa May had been successful in securing a mandate for her policies, as being elected as leader may have suggested her ideologies surrounding geopolitics may have been well received. Yet, with Labour attaining an increased number of seats, the 2015 victory for the Conservatives was won by a superior margin and, when coupled with other parties similarly making gains, it seems the public may have been voicing their desire for innovation. The recent protests at Parliament Square may reiterate this, with activists uniting under the common cause of achieving equality, and with this protest focussing on a wide range of factors, they may have gained increased credibility, solely serving to elevate their support.
The main reasoning behind the protests seemed to be the Government’s economic policies, with recent events contributing to this overarching focus. In the aftermath of the election, Theresa May announced her plans to continue the 1% sector pay cap, yet this seems to have led to wide-spread unity as the public aim to alter her stance. Yet, these protests also revolve around other key areas, both in British politics and foreign policy; the economic repercussions for Brexit, referencing the NHS, along with the situation at Grenfell, seem to have also claimed a portion of the attention. In focussing on a wide range of areas, the activists may be aiming to amass a high level of support, as they seem to be targeting individuals by showcasing one, or multiple, factors which may resonate, ultimately showcasing their desire to provide resolves for these complex predicaments whilst productively impacting the entirety of Britain.
The demonstration itself seemed to be peaceful, with those involved often focussing on the impact of their words, and the effect this may have on the Government, rather than physical actions. The organisers echoed this ideology, with their stances prior to and during the event focusing on the quest for higher living standards, with the necessity perhaps elevating recently due to the pressure on both the NHS and the housing market. The activists may have therefore showcased the benefits of peaceful protesting, as they may have gained increased integrity and recognition by utilising this tactic. With the Government having already altered parts of their manifesto as a result of public opinion, including the reinstatement of free primary school meals, these protests may have already been a success, yet may also act as the catalyst for future feats on a larger scale.
Utilising syntax seemed to be a tactic similarly used by Jeremy Corbyn who, as Labour leader, seems to have a contrasting ideology to Theresa May, and as such was involved in the protest. Whilst his involvement may have enabled a wider reach, as his large following and vast support network may have resulted in a new breadth of people becoming involved in the cause, he may have simultaneously enhanced his credentials for number 10, as his public speaking prowess and vocalisation of the support of public services may have enabled him to attain increased support for his party. This ability to influence may be a key trait necessary to become Prime Minister, and thus Corbyn may have ultimately assisted in the attempted enforcement of renovation, with himself at the helm.
Whilst the recent protest at Parliament Square may claim the majority of the plaudits, it seems poignant to also focus on the impact of similar events across Britain. The activists themselves seem to be well-informed of various aspects of the Government’s economic policy and, in successfully balancing this with an understanding of current events, such as showcasing solidarity with those involved at Grenfell, they may have increased their credibility, and laid the foundations for future change. Yet, the crowning glory of the demonstration may be how it drew people together from a smorgasbord of backgrounds, bypassing ethnicity, age and class boundaries and, with the organisers publicly stating they aim to bring whole communities together in a show of solidarity, it may prove how, if protesting in the correct format and with genuine cause for innovation, dividends may be reaped.
How may this protest act as the catalyst in the quest to signal innovation?