Well, the real political effect will be difficult to identify, possibly even non-existant, but the anti-war march in London seemed to go pretty well. The atmosphere was friendly and inclusive and there was a gratifyingly broad range of class, race and age groups.

The Sun made the typically facile point that 58 million British people didn’t march, but taken as a proportion of people sufficiently fired up, not at work, willing and bodily able to come to London, the turnout was impressive. Sour grapes, I’m sure; one of the most popular banners on Saturday was the one produced by the Daily Mirror. What’s more, we have to discount around 3 million Sun readers, who have little chance of understanding the issues, or even reading the directions to the march.

(That was a joke… but only just)

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