McGuinness at London anti-austerity rally

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 20, 2015. See PA story INDUSTRY Protest. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 20, 2015. See PA story INDUSTRY Protest. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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Martin McGuinness has described British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his government cabinet as “spongers” who have been given “free rein to live out their Thatcherite fantasies”.

Speaking at a major anti-austerity rally in London at the weekend, the Deputy First Minister used the opportunity to address the crowd to say that his party, Sinn Fein, “is an anti-austerity party”.

“I am delighted to be here and I bring solidarity from Ireland and from all of us fighting right wing Thatcherite policies on both sides of the Irish sea.

“Sinn Féin is an anti-austerity party,” Mr. McGuinness told the crowd.

“Sinn Féin will not do Tory austerity.

“Unlike the Tory millionaires, I live in the heart of the proud working class community of the Bogside in Derry.

“The people the Tories are targeting are my friends, my neighbours, my family.

“They are fine, hard-working, proud and decent - just like our people in working class unionist communities.

“They are not parasites or spongers. It is Cameron’s cabinet of millionaires who are the real spongers given free rein to live out their Thatcherite fantasies at the expense of ordinary, decent communities throughout these islands,” he said.

Mr. McGuinness finished off his London address by explaining to the crowd why he believes the Tory government cannot be allowed to proceed with what he describes as “devastating austerity”.

“It is the communities of Dublin, Derry, Dundee, Cardiff and London that are paying the cost of Tory austerity while the wealth of the few continues to increase.

“Austerity means inequality, poverty and despair.

“The alternative is investment and growth, equality and prosperity, the safety net and the helping hand.”

Mr. McGuinness added: “Defeat is not an option.

“Austerity is not an option.

“ Today we send a powerful message to the Tories that we will not be cowed, threatened, bullied or bribed.”