Last year, the mentalists of the far left managed to hijack the TUC demonstration in London, and if truth be told, caused a fair old bit of damage, injury and general inconvenience to London and its inhabitants. Would this year be any different?
Before dealing with Sat 20th, I will go back to Sat14th as it involves the same groups. This was some sort of anniversary for those halfwits who pitched their tents outside St Pauls Cathedral last year. No one can forget the filth and and squaller they created and lived in. Crapping in the pews of the Cathedral, urinating in public, as horrified tourists looked on - I could go on. For this anniversary, they had arranged a 'Global Day of Noise'. The plan was , funnily enough, was for hundreds of them to bang some pots and pans together, ( Can you imagine the headlines? - Cameron steps down due to people banging pots and pans. Numbskulls !), before storming off to an undisclosed location to 'occupy' somewhere, - Poland perhaps? In the end, a few dozen walked about a bit, followed by a token police escort, before going home for tea and medals (made from recycled bankers Bentleys no doubt). A complete lack of leadership on their part, coupled with the work carried out by the police intelligence teams ensured the day was a disaster. Would Oct 20th be any different?
There was always going to be a massive turn out for the TUC march on the 20th. The whole country is sick of the behaviour of our elected politicians, and the mess they are making of running the country. As usual, the social networks were alive with the plans of the anarchists and the usual suspects.
Like last year, the TUC march went well. I saw no trouble, no arrests. The marchers were colourful and noisy. There were families, groups of disabled people, in fact there was a real cross section of normal society. Everyone, irrespective of political leanings were united in the same mindset - that the current system of govt is not working. The main comments that came from speaking to the marchers were about the 'Them and us' situation that has become clear thanks to Andrew Mitchell and George Osborne, and the fresh expenses scandal that is bubbling away just under the surface. The coalition has succeeded in alienating just about all walks of life, save for the mega rich.
The various wee groups who laughingly call themselves anarchists had proudly stated they were going to shut down the workfare scheme. From past experience this normally involves running around the west end being chased by cops. This was no exception. At the advertised time of 2.30, a few dishevelled youths arrived at Oxford Circus and sat in the middle of the road. Before long their numbers had swelled to around 400, most of whom were wearing hoods or face coverings. They walked down Oxford St and then headed into the side streets. It was the same old plan. They tried, sometimes successfully to get into shops. The cops chased them around. Some got arrested. But there was no 'designed for maximum publicity' stunt like last year when they destroyed the front of the Ritz Hotel or sat about for a while in Fortnum and Masons.
What was different this year then? The country is in a worse state now than it was then. The govt have been exposed for being the 'posh boys looking down their noses at the rest of us' that they have long been suspected of.
It's simple really. Last year some got nicked. Some thought that they could hit cops and throw things at them, only to be shocked to the core when the cops fought back. They thought they could smash up other peoples property and cried when they got arrested. These are not the feral kids from inner city estates we are talking about here. These are intelligent kids who have for the most part had the benefit of a good education and privileged upbringing. Even the most 'right on' parents get a tad scratchy when young Jocasta or Tarquin gets jailed.
Their leaders have gone as well. In the past groups such as 'The Love Police' led by the nutter that is Charlie Vietch have been a rallying point for those who were prepared to get nicked for what they believed in. For Gods sake, even Jody McIntyre has turned his attentions away from the UK. He now whinges about life in Venezuela - don't ask cos I don't know!
These kids are funny to watch. Its clearly a fashion thing. It is still trendy to be lefty. Take away the face coverings, and most are not even man enough to have reason to shave. As for the rhetoric - the common chant of "we are the 99%". Can they really believe this? Are they so arrogant that they think they speak for everyone? My take on who the 99% are is this - The 99% are the millions of normal people who during the last year, turned out to watch the Jubilee celebrations, went to the Olympics, people, who up and down the length of the country, go to work, school, college, and those who are unemployed or unable to work. Yes, we moan about the govt and it's crap policies, and, if there was a way to change things in the short term, we would. What we don't do is indulge in infantile, self-indulgent behaviour, damaging other peoples businesses, and interfering with other peoples right to work, whether its on a govt scheme or not.
These kids cant seem to understand why no-one respects what they do. They cant accept that some people are actually happy to have a workfare scheme, as it gets them out the house and gives them a bit of self worth. I have more respect for an alcoholic who is down on his luck and sleeping rough than I do for these hobbyist protesters. Most alcoholics are victims of circumstances and addiction. These so called anarchists act as though they are hard done by. Nothing could be further from the truth. One look at the expensive mobiles, clothing, laptops etc tells you everything you need to know. What right does some gang of spoiled, spotty, kids have to interfere with other peoples lives? Try to engage with them and when the argument goes against them, they behave like the petulant kids they are.
Finally, their wander around the West End did have it's casualties. A woman who was leaving Starbucks with a medium latte takeaway, was treated for burns by the police after the mob who were rushing in to 'occupy' the shop bumped into her spilling her boiling drink all over her. Kids were terrified. A day out in London with mum and dad will never hold the same thrill after seeing grown ups running amok. Tourists will think twice before coming back.
I wish they would grow up. Some of last years protesters are doing really well working in the city. Still, it's like a rite of passage eh Tarquin?
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