Article taken from Issue 3 of The Ox-Fly - Oxford's radical newsletter:
The demo was lively with 500-1000 people taking part. However, the rally afterwards killed off the energy. It featured trade union leaders and a Labour Party bigwig, who met a chilly reception. People began to drift away. The exception to the usual speeches came from 12yr old Nicky Wishart and his sister Beth.
Nicky organised a protest against the closure of his youth centre. He was taken out of school by antiterrorism police and threatened that if anything went wrong he'd be arrested as the organiser! The protest went ahead, and clearly inspired them; they spoke with more passion than the rest of the speakers combined, and got by far the biggest cheers.
One aim of the protest was to build up to 12th January, when plans to privatise the Royal Mail had a 3rd reading in Parliament. They will probably be approved, resulting in job cuts, attacks on working conditions and a less reliable service for the public. But the fight to defeat it must not end there - direct action could make it impossible to enforce.