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Clegg's Home Targeted By Anti-Cuts Protesters
Hundreds of anti-austerity campaigners have staged a "street party" protest outside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's house in southwest London.
Mr Clegg was not at his home in Putney, where at least 200 activists gathered.
Tim Street, from UK Uncut, said: "Politicians are disrupting our lives, so now we are disrupting theirs."
Superintendent Raj Kohli said the protest had been "good-natured" and there had been no arrests. He said: "It's obviously annoying for the people that live here."
The campaigners began leaving the area from around 6pm.
Peter Coville, from the Occupy protest group, said: "It's been a real success. We came here to have fun and send a message to the Lib Dems."
Simon Hope, who brought his four-year-old daughter to the protest, said: "The Government is trying to use the jubilee next weekend to distract people from the cuts and the tough times people are facing and as a national sedative.
"I think that it's vital that we take direct action against the cuts."
Conservative MP Louise Mensch came out in Mr Clegg's defence, taking to Twitter to call the demonstration "intolerable bullying".
A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "People have a right to peaceful protest."
The demonstration was one of 11 "alternative" street parties around the country organised by UK Uncut in what the group says will be a series of protests in the lead-up to the Olympics and next weekend's jubilee celebrations.
UK Uncut was set up at the end of 2010 to protest against the coalition Government's public sector cuts.
Some of its most high-profile actions to date include targeting Vodafone stores over claims the company avoided tax and Topshop over the tax arrangements of owner Sir Philip Green.
Last year the group was involved in occupying exclusive department store Fortnum & Mason during the March 26 anti-austerity protests.
what do you think?
The public sector earns more than the private sector and their pensions are nearly 4 times bigger. WE PAY THEM PLUS THEIR PENSIONS. To retire now we have to be 65 but they can retire at 50 and get their massive pension and then start work again and after 15 years get another pension of 2/3rds of their salary. We need to cut the public sector by about 75% and reduce heir salaries by 50% and their pensions by 90%
Your talking rubbish. Most public sector workers will be lucky to retire at 60. They pay a good contribution to their pension. That they deserve. Granted a few at the top get far too much pay and pension but that is a small percentage. If a police officer does retire at 50 after 30 years duty with a half pension why shouldn't they take another job and pay into another pension scheme. It means they are contributing to society and paying taxes. So because they have a good work ethos and contribute to pension schemes then they are terrible people. I think the opposite. Good luck to them If they end up with 3 nations as they will have paid for them and earned them
Fool, I work in the public sector. I'm on less now than I was in the private sector 4 years ago and I'll be working til I'm 70 most likely. Another imbecile who believes the lie fed to them by the ConDems. Shame on you.
Jonathan - research your subject before you spout on something you obviously know little or nothing about - then perhaps you would not look so foolish. And don't believe all the propaganda fed to you by your Tory and Libdem friends. I presume you belong to the private sector, the rip-off merchants of this country who have just about brought all of us to our knees.
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I wish some of these people that knock the public services would get there finger out of their A. Put it to some good use on their computers and find out what they are talking about. Instead of listening to the propaganda. You have a mind use it don't be sheep.
excellent Scameron next !!
Must be the biggest crowd Cleggy has managed to muster in the last two years !