It’s rich versus poor in mock tug-of-war

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THE struggle between the super-rich and the ‘99 per cent’ was played out in a mock tug-of-war in Portsmouth’s Commercial Road.

The protest was organised by the group Portsmouth Against Cuts Together as a response to the budget announcement.

The anti-budget tug-of-war organised by Pact in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

The anti-budget tug-of-war organised by Pact in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

A small team dressed as bankers and politicians – the ‘one per cent’ took on a team representing the rest of society.

Chancellor George Osborne, David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel were all mocked as the opposition team attempted to show the strength of the ‘will of the people’.

Pact convenor Jon Woods said the tug-of-war was a fun way of making a serious point.

He said: ‘This government intends to impose more poverty on the majority while giving the richest minority even more wealth.’

This government has no mandate to play Robin Hood in reverse

Jon Woods

More than 30 people turned out to watch the event, many chanting their opposition to further welfare cuts as the drama played out and Mr Woods gave a speech from one of the concrete blocks next to the fountain.

Some people there were carrying placards of protest against the budget, which they believe will raid the poor for the benefit of the already well-off.

Mr Woods added: ‘Less than 25 per cent of those eligible to vote in the general election voted Tory.

‘This government has no mandate to play Robin Hood in reverse.’