Saturday, 26 March 2011

March 26th - The Contenders

On Friday afternoon, the 'Guardian' helpfully presented a random (heh! riiiight...) selection of the people who will be marching in the capital today to protest about 'the dreadful Tory cuts' that aren't actually cuts at all, as any fule no...

Here's their selection, and their stated reasons:

Anthony Jones (first time protestor):
"I teach English in a London secondary school and see first hand, daily, the adverse effect an unsettled home life can have on a child's education. "
Hmmmm. Seems to me you are marching outside the wrong venue, then. Shouldn't you take your placard to the houses of those who bring children into the world whilst being unfit to care for them?

Michael Mansfield (QC)
:
"This is the same coalition that assured us frontline services would be preserved..."
So go march outside the offices of the council fatcats (usually Labour) that have elected to cut those front line services in order to maintain their little empires of HQ penpushers and Diversity Outreach Co-ordinators...

Paul Long (UKUncut):
"At 3:30pm we will meet at Oxford Circus and together we will swoop on a secret target."
And you'll no doubt now be watched by all the police spotters.

/facepalm

Darren Lockley (bus driver):
"I fear my family will suffer from the sudden and drastic cuts undertaken by the coalition government. They have already been biting the community – one of my children's school is a decrepit building, which was built in the 70s, a mass of concrete with rotten windows and broken doors. "
And you never thought to march during the three terms of Labour rule that did...nothing?

That's your reason blown out of the water then!

Michael Chessum (National Campaign Against Having To Pay Our Way):
"From the NHS, to housing to higher education, the coalition is a threat to everything that ordinary people fought for and won in the 20th century."
Except, presumably, those millions of 'ordinary people' who voted them in and will be staying at home, enjoying the weekend with family, working or otherwise not joining in with your little temper tantrum in the capital?

I've no doubt my comments will have been zapped by the mods by now, so I've reproduced them here.

But if this is the best they can do, a bunch of unrepresentative people mostly concerned with keeping their own personal gravy train on the tracks, I really, really don't think the coalition has much to worry about...

17 comments:

Disenfranchised of Buckingham said...

Spot on as usual.

Will we ever wean these people off of the public tit?

I begin to understand the desire to put people against the wall when the revolution comes.

subrosa said...

Is it any wonder we're in the mess we're in when that's a sample of the population?

We should stop spending vast sums on education you know. It doesn't seem to do much for so many.

bryboy said...

A voice of reason. I think that we should stand up and be counted as at Birkenhead but this march is for all the wrong reasons. It is politically motivated and they should be targeting the people who got us in the mess in the first place. Well spotted!

William said...

"I begin to understand the desire to put people against the wall when the revolution comes."

This is because it looks as though this is going to be the least violent and most effective way to be rid of the parasite class, in my humble at least!

As for the marching, complete waste of time.

PT said...

The biggest worry is that, if this "protest" generates little heat, then Labour, when next in power, may well find it necessary to import even more millions of benefits clients in order to bolster their power base.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope it kicks off (as it most certainly will) right next to Ed Who-he.

Captain Haddock said...

WTF has Michael Mansfield QC got to bitch about ?

He's not a public sector worker .. nor even a "front line" worker ..

He's a bloody "Silk" & he's coining it in (there's no such animal as a poor QC) ..

No doubt he'll be there touting for "clients" to defend on Monday ..

Perhaps he might consider changing his name to Michael "Uttertwaite" ?

Macheath said...

"I fear my family will suffer from the sudden and drastic cuts undertaken by the coalition government. They have already been biting the community – one of my children's school is a decrepit building, which was built in the 70s, a mass of concrete with rotten windows and broken doors. "

Try this one for size, Darren: 'I fear my family will suffer from the sudden and drastic action undertaken by these rioters. They have already been biting the community - my workplace is now a decrepit building wrecked on the 26th March, a mass of graffiti with smashed windows and broken doors...'

Thanks to 24-hour news updates and mobile phones, the days of the peaceful protest are over. You might as well advertise for rent-a-mob; anyone organising a demonstration of this kind knows full well it will generate violence and damage to property, which will doubtless be blamed on the coalition using the time-honoured argument of terrorists: 'look what you made us do!'

microdave said...

"We should stop spending vast sums on education you know. It doesn't seem to do much for so many."

According to Guido, Rosie is correct in her observation:

http://orderorder.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/nut.gif?w=464&h=130

Henry Crun said...

Deadhead Ed has likened today's march to Nelson Mandela's (The World's Favourite Terrorist)struggle against apartheid.

Bwahahahahahahahaaaaa!!

Does that mean we can look forward to kangaroo courts and necklacings, stone throwing and gang rape of daughters of those considered coalition collaborators?

A Millipede said...

"My mates and me in the last guvmint screwed the economy up something rotten, but here we are like grinning monkeys at the front of a march that demands a liebour guvmint be installed at once. Putting us back in power will be a time of milk and honey which will remove all heartaches, threats, pain, unhappiness, eyesores, (continues for another 96 pages)... even though we did bugger all to help when actually in power for 13 years."

Tacitus said...

Far from being a voice of reasons, your posting shows an absence of understanding of the magnitude of what happened today. Let's cut to the quick - 400,000 people marched and said no to the government. Why did they not march before, or during previous administration - I don't know, maybe they never felt so threatened before.

You can make pathetic attempts at riduling the march, but if you are a democrat, you have to concede a lot of people were angry today.

This is only the beginning - more will follow.

Disenfranchised of Buckingham said...

Tacitus

400,000? As many idiots as that?

Out of 70 million? Wow. Now I know they aren't important.

I have one suggestion any demonstrators paid out of the public purse should be sacked. I pay their wages, damned if they should get uppity and cost me more for police overtime.

Added bonus is sacking the lot will reduce public expenditure, win-win.

Macheath said...

re rent-a-mob

Update here

Sometimes I hate being right.

JuliaM said...

"Will we ever wean these people off of the public tit?"

It doesn't seem likely that we ever will, not while they keep using their children as human shields.

"We should stop spending vast sums on education you know. It doesn't seem to do much for so many."

I watched some of the protesters interviewed yesterday, and wilful blindness to facts doesn't seem limited to the youngest generation, by any means!

"... and they should be targeting the people who got us in the mess in the first place."

Indeed! Some of the rabble were chanting 'How much do you earn?' to the journalists covering the protests.

No-one thought to chant the same thing to Brendan Barber...

"The biggest worry is that, if this "protest" generates little heat, then Labour, when next in power, may well find it necessary to import even more millions of benefits clients..."

It's a horrible thought. Not quite as horrible as the thought that someone would ever vote Labour back in!

JuliaM said...

"Thanks to 24-hour news updates and mobile phones, the days of the peaceful protest are over. You might as well advertise for rent-a-mob.."

And it shall come to pass...

"Deadhead Ed has likened today's march to Nelson Mandela's (The World's Favourite Terrorist)struggle against apartheid. "

/facepalm

"Far from being a voice of reasons, your posting shows an absence of understanding of the magnitude of what happened today."

Mmm, I think your maths are a little off, Tacitus. And your assumptions.

About the same number marched on the Countryside Alliance day. Foxhunting ban went through.

Twice that many marched against the war in Iraq. Remember what happened? Yup, that's right.

Nothing.

"You can make pathetic attempts at riduling the march, but if you are a democrat, you have to concede a lot of people were angry today."

As 'Disenfranchised...' points out, 70 million didn't.

Game, set, match.

DJ said...

Hey, since Mikey M was out there ranting about fat cats, how much does a QC earn? And how much of his income comes from clients paying their own way and how much from legally-aided pond scum? If things are as bad as he says, shouldn't our elephantine legal aid budget be in the firing line?