When the march ended, a range of speakers adressed the striking workers. The loudest cheers and applause went to those supporting the occupy movement, student movement and Egyptian revolution as well as those calling for us to topple the tories. The local Labour ex-MP Ann Snelgrove got a distincly luke-warm reception as well as a few heckles as she spent a few minutes trying (and failing) to present the Labour party as a credible alternative to their buddies in blue ties.
All in all a great day for workers in Swindon and from the looks of it, across the UK. The task now is to build on this solid strike, escalate the action and stand up not only for public sector pensions, but against a cabinet of millionaries and Eton toffs and their vicious regime of cuts.