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After the protest

DSCN1324 DSCN1327The protest passed cheerfully, with neither violence nor police intervention, much to the disappointment of the assembled photographers. Old Holborn’s tactic was to piggyback on an event staged by the Socialist Workers Party. Their antics are apparently of slightly more interest to the press.

This caused some confusion to the libertarians in attendance, who watched our “guy” pose with his gunpowder barrel, while some Trot mentalist dressed as a Victorian child’s image of a banker ranted about “the dictatorship of the proletariat”. Neither protest was licensed, but the police looked on quietly. Are they under orders not to allow anyone to make news that might embarrass their suddenly-shy political masters?

Afterwards we had a drink and a chat at a nearby pub. OH is quite sanguine about the prospect of scaling down the British mega-state. He thinks the people are close to being ready for real change. Sadly, I think they will be absorbed in their soaps again as soon as they have “chucked the rascals out” at an election. They won’t sustain their interest in politics and a new set of rascals will settle comfortably at the public trough. In my life I have only seen our citzenry roused en masse once. Disappointingly, that was to mourn an aristocratic bimbo.

OH really is quite a character though. I would be delighted for him to be right and me wrong.


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Yaaay! I saw you on the news.

The Diana thing was really just a soap.

I think people are really irritated about being ripped off while being self righteously preached at by the ones who have their hands in our pockets.


Fair play to OH, I was dealing with LPUK stuff in Bristol, therefore too short notice for me and a lot of others- I have certainly cleared the diary for Nov 5th. Spontaneous protests seem to take a lot of organising these days !

Old Holborn

Fun wasn't it


It was an enjoyable day. It was nice to see you again. And I have to say I agree with you on your assesment.

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