Tag Archives: protest

Jesus may be with Occupy London, but St Paul would have sided with health and safety | Marina Hyde | Comment is free | The Guardian

So, after a week in which the instinctively malign bumblings of British authority yet again had the flavour of a debased Ealing comedy, Rev Fraser’s principled departure brought a sense of clarity. Friday’s summoning of the lawyers by St Paul’s merely underscored it. We now know that Giles’s erstwhile colleagues do not want those who perceive themselves the slaves of capitalism dwelling where it liketh them in the church’s gate. They would liketh the protesters to “move on”, in fact – even though it seems likely to lead to ugly scenes and possibly violence – and allow them to resume the softly-softly behind-the-scenes work in fighting injustice and selling £180 cufflinks which has done such a bang-up job of making the victims of their City neighbours feel empowered.

The joys of an established church, eh?

BBC News – Lord Foster behind Kent airport plan

We are the only country in Europe that can have a west-facing Americas port at Liverpool and an east-facing – China, India, Europe – port in the estuary.

Or perhaps an east-facing port at Grimsby, or Harwich, or …

We don’t want or need a new airport in the Thames Estuary. A liquefied natural gas terminal, one of the most important sites for over-wintering birds, and the fact a new airport will effectively kill the existing London airports and smaller airfields as well as upset the French and Dutch airspace, plus having already been given the red light by the UK government, means this idea should be dead in the water.

Free to protest? I can still be arrested if my placard reads: ‘Nick Clegg, oh dear’ | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

It could have been worse: at least the police didn’t try to kettle half a million people. But as footage obtained by the Guardian from the great march on Saturday shows, the glorious tradition of impartial policing and respect for peaceful protest remain undimmed. The film shows senior police officers assuring members of UK Uncut who had peacefully occupied Fortnum & Mason that they would not be confused with the rioters outside, and would be allowed to go home if they left the store. They did so, and were penned, handcuffed, thrown into vans, dumped in police cells and, in some cases, left there for 24 hours.

Isn’t all that supposed to have stopped? Haven’t we entered a new era of freedom in which the government, as it has long promised, now defends “the hard-won liberties that we in Britain hold so dear”? No.

Good, if sobering, read.

I wonder how far the Powers That Be will go to thwart legitimate protest in this country.

Out with the old politics | Laurie Penny | Comment is free | The Guardian

What we are seeing here is no less than a fundamental reimagining of the British left: an organic reworking which rejects the old deferential structures of union-led action and interminable infighting among indistinguishable splinter parties for something far more inclusive and fast-moving. These new groups are principled and theoretically well-versed, but have no truck with the narcissism of small differences that used to corrupt even the most well-meaning of leftwing movements.

You know what? I think she’s correct. There is hope. Perhaps we can defeat the establishment and save what’s left of this country.