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Showing posts with label numbers on demos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label numbers on demos. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The March – numbers attending

Carried away by the euphoria of the STUC March against the Cuts, I reported the numbers as I heard them on the day as 20,000.

Some newspapers today report the number as 6,500, which is the police estimate.

I’ll therefore apply the old formula for numbers at demos and marches, especially ones the Establishment doesn’t approve of – take the organisers most optimistic estimate and add it to the police estimate, then divide by two.

This gives 20,000 + 6,500 +26,500, and an arithmetic mean of 13,250, which is, of course, applying arithmetic to two biased guesses.

So let’s just say that, on a day that looked like rain, there was still a helluva lot of committed people there, and the sun (but not The Sun) duly shone on the righteous.