This blog is more me thinking aloud.
I am writing this blog for the public. For the people wanting to rise up and make a stand against the UK Government. For the people who plan to attend one of the many anti-austerity marches this year.
I am also writing this for the Police Officers who are tasked with Policing these marches. Police Officers who can relate to many of those marching having spent the last 5 years seeing their own pay, working conditions, pensions and living conditions being hacked away by the Tories. Police Officers who have nothing more than their strong sense of duty preventing them opening the cordon and letting the crowd through the gates of Downing Street. Officers who are doing their duty but some of whom I know for a fact want to be part of the march but would face certain dismissal and possible criminal charges if they did so.
Both sides are against the austerity being inflicted upon the nation. Both sides are suffering various levels of pain at the hands of this tyrannical government. Both sides (with perhaps a few exceptions) did not want the Tories back in power. Both side have a common enemy but will, over the course of the year, end up going head to head in battle on the streets of London and dare I say other major cities.
The protesters will march. The Police will march and contain.
The protesters will increase their numbers and try and break containment. The Police will increase their cordons.
The protesters will begin to venture off track. The Police will begin to kettle.
The protesters will begin pushing and shoving. The Police will begin pushing and shoving too.
Things will get thrown, batons will get drawn. Police will get hit, protesters will get hit.
The Police will use the media to claim the protesters were thugs and violent. The protesters will use social media to claim the Police were thugs and violent.
Protesters will be caught on camera breaking the law and face justice. Police will be caught on camera breaking the law and they too will face justice.
Both sides will take casualties. Public property will get damaged. Innocents will get caught in the fracas and they too will get injured by either side.
And whilst all of this goes on and the public pick a side and begin condemning the other, the common enemy, the people responsible for this uprising, the people who hide behind the Police Officers’ strong sense of duty whilst simultaneously attacking both warring factions will sit in their fortresses laughing at the chaos in the streets below but vehemently condemn in front of the camera.
The Government will condemn the protesters and deny they were responsible in any way for the public dissent. The Government will criticise the Police for their slow response time, their lack of resources, their lack of equipment and the actions they took. They set the two sides against each other then sit back and attack them both again and again….and we let it happen time and time again.
These protest which we are seeing and will continue to see in increasing numbers and strength are directed toward the same Government, the same enemy that the Police have faced for the last 5 years but have been prevented by law from doing anything about it or to protest in any way.
The difficulty is that the Police are sworn to protect ALL person and ALL property without showing any favour to either side. You may argue that by stopping the protesters reaching their targets and by using force against the protesters that they are showing favour towards the enemy. However, I assure you that if the Tories were to suddenly man up and come outside of their fortresses and try to get at the protesters, if they decided to stop hiding behind their fences and the duty of the Police and try to fight back, the Police would 100% absolutely stop them too. They would use force where necessary and would make arrests for any crimes they committed. That is because although I am sure the vast majority would love to see David Cameron or George Osborne get given a slap or a bit of a beating, they MUST act without fear or favour and protect each person (even their own enemy) from danger…That is the nature of Police work and that is what they are duty bound to do. To do any different, to step aside and us gain access to Downing St, Westminster Palace, Tory HQ or any other Government building would guarantee they got the sack and faced criminal charges for neglect of duty and misconduct. They would absolutely face greater convictions than any single protester.
So why not box clever and rather than play the games of our enemy, rather than go to war with each other, rather than protesting against austerity, cuts and the Tory tyranny but then attacking physically and verbally other victims of this regime, co-operate and protest in an alternative manner?
What does/has attacking Police with barriers, cones, bricks, rocks, sticks and smoke bombs achieved for the cause?
What has punching, kicking, elbowing, headbutting, baton striking or spraying protesters achieved for the Police?
Both sets of actions have simply brought both parties into disrepute and seen them facing public criticism and legal action. Counter productive and does nothing to alter the course we are heading. Nor does it have any impact upon the common enemy, David Cameron and the Tory party.
The Police are absolutely NOT going to engage in violent protest. But imagine the impact it would have on WORLD media and the Government if the Police stood amongst or side by side with rather then surrounding or kettling the protesters.
If the protests remained friendly and non-violent with nothing being thrown, nothing being burned, nothing being damaged and no reason or excuse given for the Police to draw their batons or begin cordoning or kettling then the exact same message could be expressed without the enemy and it’s media being able to criticise anybody at all.
It isn’t only the protesters who would need to make a change in their actions and attitudes. The Police would need to recognise that these men and women are marching and protesting against something they too have been victim of for half a decade. They would need to be a little more tolerant and understanding and recognise that these people represent them and their grievances too. That these people are doing what the Police have been wanting to do for 5yrs but have been prevented from doing so by law. To remain calm and use alternative methods of policing the marches and dare I say, question orders given to the contrary.
A simple gesture such as standing together facing the Government Buildings rather than the crowd would show a participation, a protest without actually “protesting”. A sign of defiance against the Government and solidarity with the community NOT the enemy.
The Police Officers policing these events would need to stand together as one in their actions. They can’t sack or discipline everybody after all.
John Lennon said
“When it gets down to having to use violence the you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you; pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight [they will use the presence of the Police to do this that is what you all need to recognise] Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humour”
These protests would have so much more impact if the public recognise the restraints placed upon the Police and the fact that THEY CAN NOT ALLOW THE LAW TO BE BROKEN NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY MAY DESPISE THE GOVERNMENT. The Police also need to recognise that the public partaking in these protests only want the same as you. Fairness, Equality and the Tory scum out of power. BOTH sides need to accept that those responsible for the austerity are the ones fuelling the violence and the moment either side resort to aggression the Government has won again.
The Public is the Police and the Police is the Public. Uniting as one would have unquestionable impact.
All around the world we see varying levels of civil disobedience ranging from peaceful gatherings and protests from groups like Occupy to the more violent and deadly civil wars we see in places like Libya. In countries around the world and even in our great EU we regularly see the citizens taking to the street in protest against its Government and the decisions they make. Recently we saw the people of Spain take to the streets in response to a government proposal to make it illegal to speak ill of Spain, protest and burn the national flag. The Government decide to implement a law which will suppress the people and make it unlawful for them to oppose and they respond by taking to the streets, blockading Government buildings and showing their Government they will not be pushed around. They disobeyed without violence, injury or death and made their point very well.
(Note that there was little press coverage of this in the UK, it was touched briefly but mainstream media like the BBC didn’t stay with the story. A point I will come to shortly)
Here in the UK our own Government is tirelessly trying to privatise the country, make massive profit from the people, implementing policy and laws which are of no benefit to the nation but make it easier for employers to sack people, housing associations to move people or make them homeless, banks to fleece billions of pounds, businesses to avoid tax and they control the media to prevent the whole truth being revealed. David Cameron and his Selfservative Party are on a mission to divide the nation, leave the poor and needy to fend for themselves or die, line their own pockets and in his own words “re-shape Great Britain”. And in response to everything he and his party do, what do the people of Great Britain do? The vast majority do nothing except have a moan at work or the pub etc. They complain over social media and say “something should be done” but then don’t bother doing anything themselves. Apathy has gotten the better of the majority of our country. We have become lazy, a nation that expects somebody else to do something about it for them instead of standing up and being heard. And it is this attitude that the Government and our tyrant leader take advantage off.
Cameron and Co are doing all they can to divide the nation. A divided nation is easier to manipulate and control. A divided nation can not and will not join together and oppose its Government. A divided nation is far more obedient than a nation which is strongly bound and willing to stand together in the face of adversity and wrongdoing. Through lies and manipulated media the Government has brainwashed the nation making the majority of people obedient, spineless followers. Only around 25% of people possess a “rebellious gene” and will naturally stand up to authority and self styled leaders. The other 75% need to find that strength to stand up and be counted. People are afraid to join together and protest because they fear the repercussions which have been drilled home to us via the news.
The only time our national media shows public demonstrations or protests is when it “kicks off” and becomes violent so that they can focus on the thugs and idiots using it as an excuse for a fight rather than the reason for the gathering in the first place.
In 2011 when we had riots throughout the country and we saw mindless morons causing millions of pounds worth of damage and people getting injured the press were all over it. We saw shameful footage, courts were ordered to operate over the weekends, there were public campaigns to find the wanted suspects, we were kept up to date with the sentences that were given and left without any doubt that behaving in that way would come with harsh consequences. We see all to often groups such as the English Defence League (now allegedly disbanded) and United Against Fascism gathering and behaving in a violent, inappropriate manner and are notified on crimes committed and arrests made. All of this is part of the effort by Government to discourage the people from protesting and disobeying.
Think I am talking rubbish? Compare the amount of press coverage given to marches and protests which have even the smallest amount of criminality involved to marches which are peaceful yet effective, for example, November’s MILLION MASK MARCH which took place in London to oppose the government imposed austerity amongst other things. This event received very little national media attention at all. It received so little in fact that although I knew it was taking place, when I searched the internet on the night in question and watched the news I saw nothing. I actually believed it had been scrapped and so took to Twitter only see that many others were commenting on the complete lack of press coverage. I actually wonder whether it would have been mentioned by the press at all had it not been for comedian/actor Russell Brand, who supports and calls for complete revolution, being in attendance and tweeting along the way.
The fact is, the Government want the nation to be spineless, obedient followers who are more than entitled to have a moan about the state of things but will thinks twice before standing up and actually DOING something about it. For that reason they control the flow of media and scare monger with tales of long prison sentences and ruined lives for people who dare disobey.
Nobody in power likes a rebel. Nobody in power wants the boat being rocked. People who speak out and stand up to the lies spouted by government are belittles and ridiculed, harassed and threatened, punished or worse. All our lives we are discouraged from questioning authority. At school all but a few would argue back to teachers. You would be punished for questioning their authority and punished again if you dared try to justify it to your parents. At work you are not thought well of if you constantly question your managers and in the military and Police you can be disciplined for questioning orders and instructions. People in power fear the rebels of society. God knows I have fallen out with my fare share of teachers and senior ranks in my time. If I disagree with something or believe somebody is acting in an unjust manner then I am not a person to sit back and obey because society dictates they are in power and we must do as we are told.
If you are tired of the lies, the hypocrisy, the corruption and the manipulation of this Government then you need to open your eyes to the games they play and the tactics they use to force you into submission and obedience and you must begin to question authority. Speak out. Publish blogs. Write to MP’s, the press and other organisations. Get involved in planned peaceful marches and demonstrations. Be brave and don’t allow your courage to be suppressed any longer. Stand up, Disobey and DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
It is not possible to make the mega rich politicians, bankers and business men and women who control this country understand the suffering they’re causing by obeying the rules and conforming to their standards and rules. The time for apathy has passed, the time for action is long overdue.
We all know that behaving like violent thugs, destroying property and attacking others is not only disgusting and inhumane behaviour but it achieves nothing. Throughout history and even today we are shown that this kind of action costs billions, loses lives and achieves little if anything at all. Just look at the last time the “peasants revolted” against similar tyranny in 1381. All were hunted down by the kings men and killed. In 2011 the “revolting peasants” were hunted down and jailed. It does very little to influence change and plays directly into the hands of the “leaders”.
Planning and partaking in large peaceful and effective protests and demonstrations however makes people sit up and listen. One of my favourite movie scenes ever is at the end of the film V FOR VENDETTA when the British public come together and march to Whitehall and Downing street and simply stand silently and peacefully in the street wearing the Guy Fawkes mask. Whenever I watch it I picture David Cameron, George Osborne and Theresa May looking out of their office windows and shaking in their boots. Effective, peaceful, makes a huge impact and there is no way on earth it could be ignored.