Relevance to SE1 - Waterloo bridge was blocked, so I couldn't get out of SE1.
Honestly, what do these people expect or want to achieve. Have just seen a crowd of cyclists going round and round the Aldwych, blocking the traffic, causing the cars that are present to pollute the atmosphere more than usual!
Only in a wealthy modern society do we have the luxury of being able to whinge. In a primitive society of hunter gatherers, too much time is spent hunting and gathering to take a day off to protest! If these dreadful people are going to take full advantage of modern society, then they have to accept that those 'dreadful capitalists' in the City of London are the people who give the nation its prosperity and wealth.
If they don't like London, they should move out, and go and live in mud huts in the jungle somewhere. But the reality is that in previous years these demonstrations have been stoked up by drugs and drink and loud music, and if they move out of london they will not have access to such 'delights'.
As it is, by their protests they reduce the productivity which is required to pander to their wishes for more cycle tracks in London et cetera.
Groan... Listen to the whinges of the Daily Mail readers.
I didn't go on the demos but I do know that the vast majority of the different demonstrations on the day (including the large union march) were not anti-capitalist but for a wide range of different issues.
This country has a long tradition of encouraging dissent and alternative voices - from the enlightenment up to today and I think it is great that people are prepared to pop out for an afternoon and say their bit rather than just work-shop-watch tv-sleep-work etc..
And EVEN if they are anti-capitalist then fine - go and ride some bikes and play some loud music - London is big enough!