Wednesday, September 26, 2007

EU Referendum: campaigning in Bournemouth

Yesterday, your humble Devil could be spotted in Bournemouth waving a placard—alongside a number of other activists (and "Gordon the Referendum Rat")—demanding that Brown give us the referendum on the EU Constitution that he promised in the Labour 2005 Manifesto.

Much standing around was done, whilst we engaged the various delegates on this issue. Who would have thought that so many Labour Party members would be actively against referendums? First prize goes to the fuckwit who told us that he "didn't believe in referendums" and said that he supported "representative democracy". Since we were, in fact, campaigning for Labour to fulfill their manifesto pledge—with the manifesto being the very representation on which a party is elected—this seemed to be wilfully fucking stupid.

Alas, I was having lunch when one of our number button-holed Neil Kinnock and, after a brief exchange, told him to "fuck off". Although apparently Lord Kinnock of Bedwetting did return to spar with him later on.

The highlight of the day, for me, was when we were moved from our initial position by a couple of policemen. One of them said to me, "I'm afraid that we have to move you to the designated protest area but, believe me, I'm right behind you."

He then pointed to the badge on his helmet: "I'm right behind your cause. Believe me, I'm proud to wear the Crown."

Give the man a medal.


Henry North London said...

Sorry I just had to do this
(bitchy queen mode)
If he likes wearing a crown so much does that mean he's a queen?(/ bitchy queen mode)

On a more tempered note, a sensible bobby for a change...

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

I've never been to a protest, nor have I ever seen one, but I seem to be reading more and more about 'designated protest areas'. Have these always been par for the course? From what I read, they seem to be relatively new in the US- particularly with being placed out of sight of the President.

My favourite was the 'Free Speech Zone' or whatever it was called, in Brussels a few months ago. As I recall, some slightly embarassing protestors weren't allowed to exercise any free speech in the Zone.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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