Leading article: Witticism on the march

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March for the squeezed bottom! A tax on the rich not attacks on the poor! These cuts won't heal! A selection of the placards carried by protesters on the March for the Alternative demonstration last spring reveal the more politically obstreperous members of the great British public to be a witty lot.

According to some estimates, as many as 500,000 people tramped through London that day to express their outrage at the Government's spending cuts. Thanks to a team from Goldsmiths College, hundreds of them left their placards under a tree in Hyde Park, although sadly not all of them signed their work before they donated it to the project.

The marchers didn't restrict themselves to verbal gags. How about the giant picture of Edward Scissorhands, with the face of George Osborne? Or the mass of carefully-drawn flowers curling delicately around a paraphrased quotation from William Morris: "I don't want art for a few, or education for a few, or freedom for a few?" Britain's anonymous political artists deserve a round of applause.

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