My husband, daughter and I should have joined fellow-citizens who marched on Saturday against the cuts demanded by fundamentalist, doctrinaire Tories and their helpful little Lib Dem friends.And no doubt you’ve a good reason why you didn’t?
But I had earlier agreed to speak at the annual conference of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions ( ICAHD)…How fortunate. But presumably your family went without you? No?
Several people in the audience wanted to join the marchers too, but the plight and pain of Palestinians mattered more. Of course.Hell, Yaz, there were fringe-issue loons on that march of all types. What’s a few more?
That doesn't mean the London demonstration was decadent and self-serving.Indeed. The fact that the people marching were mostly decadent and self-serving is what makes it that…
On the Today programme, they were really tickled by the "funny" and "witty" posters, as if that was the point. The sneers and distractions made no impact on the people who are fighting for their own lives and the life of our nation.Eh..? Who’s at risk of being killed, then?
Since when has a moderate scaling back of the amount of government spending been DOOM! And CATACYSM!..?
Over the past year we have heard reasoned arguments and genuine concern from nurses, teachers, doctors, academics, and charity workers; from bosses, local government staff, arts organisations, writers, journalists, civil servants, students and their parents; from socially conscientious entrepreneurs, childcare experts, psychologists and other mental-health workers; from Keynesian economists, environmentalists, refugees and asylum-seekers; from black and Asian equality and human rights activists; from actors, playwrights, comedians, school governors, trustees, funders, the police, fire-fighters, industrial workers, ordinary bank staff and on and on.Apart from the mention of ‘ordinary bank staff’ and ‘industrial workers’, it’s hard not to notice that Yaz’s carefully selected list of ‘ordinary people’ is made up mostly of people dependent on the state.
Even the entrepreneurs are qualified as ‘socially conscious’. Presumably, those not sufficiently socially-conscious are those hundreds of thousands who didn’t go on the march?
Sticks were thrown, we were told, and Boots somewhere "was forced to close its shutters". RBS had paint thrown over it and poor (not) Fortnum and Mason was brutally violated. It shouldn't have happened but it is nothing compared to the vandalism of this government.See, it’s not nice, admittedly, but it’s perfectly OK to riot in central London and destroy the property of a third party if you can claim that you are doing it to protect others from even worse violence. Yaz here is clearly on the same wavelength as fellow rent-a-mouth 'New Statesman' blogger @PennyRed, as Charon QC points out.
So I guess, by that logic, the Israelis are getting the green light from you to raze Gaza to the ground the next time there’s a car bomb, eh?
Even if five blind and deaf men and women and one pushchair had turned up, for sure the next day there would have been reports of "mayhem".I can’t see how even the ‘Mirror’ could fake that, Yaz…
This time next year we will be living in a country we barely recognise and only a lucky few will thrive in.Yes, yes, the living will surely envy the dead… *yawn*