About 100 protesters gathered in Westminster earlier to protest against its "demo ban" zone.
Which is, I think that you will agree, rather sweet. Let us leave aside that 300,000 protesters against the hunting ban and a million against the Iraq war had precisely fuck-all effect on the fascists that rule us, and look at those wonderful bloggers who were involved.
First up is Rachel From North London, agitating once again for an enquiry. Rachel thinks that a vastly expensive public enquiry, rather than the security forces and emergency services adapting to what was then a new situation, would be beneficial to all of us; mainly, however, I suspect that it will allay her paranoia about the—admittedly awful—experience that she went through. No doubt next time she will be campaigning for an enquiry into the Warrington and Omagh bombings, or perhaps she has already? Or perhaps they just weren't immediate enough? Or maybe she supports the ludicrous suspicion that many British Muslims apparently have that the 7/7 bombings were arranged by the government? Anyway, you can see her on Nosemonkey's post. Essentially, she has an axe to grind.
Then we have our dear ChickenYoghurt, also to be seen on Nosemonkey's post. At least Justin seems to have encapsulated the pointlessnes of what they are undertaking, with his Ban Everything and Legalise Everything signs. However, let us not forget that Justin, whilst an entertaining writer, also tends to lean to the Left. [EDIT and apologies: I was sure that I recollected Justin writing an article in favour of Sure Start about a year ago, but I must have been mistaken as I have been unable to find it. Again, apologies.]
Then, of course, we have Tim Ireland, who looks to be the fat fool that I always took him for. This is a man whose campaign against Labour is based on the fact that Blair is still leader; presumably, if Chuckles were not leading the party, voting for the fascist shitbags would be perfectly OK. And that is quite apart from the fact that he writes one of the most tediously earnest 'blogs in the UK, and possibly the world. (This is why, devoted to activism though Tim is, people like Guido and Iain do far better traffic.) Yet more axes.
It's very lovely to see a bunch of disenfranchised Labour supporters and loony Marxists organising a lovely little protest to amuse themselves: I can't, however, stop myself from thinking of the old P J O'Rourke quote about why you never see people on the Right at protests, i.e. they have jobs.
Still, as long as it makes them happy, eh?
EDIT 2: I am sure that this article comes over as very sour and, yes, I was in a bad mood. It is partly, I think, that I can't see where the coherence might be in this particular piece of protesting. Could there not have been one issue decided, but everybody applying separately to campaign on that one issue? Possibly that would not have been allowed...?