Saturday 29 January 2005

The coming chaos

I'm not looking forward to these visitors although they'll no doubt produce plenty of photo opportunities:
PARTS of central Edinburgh will be turned into virtual no-go areas in the biggest police operation ever mounted in Scotland when world leaders gather for the G8 summit in July, it emerged yesterday. The police are expected to lock down a campus around the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to protect both buildings from the thousands of demonstrators who will descend on the capital for the summit.
I suppose we should find it mildly amusing to read that the presence of "militant anti-capitalist groups" will mean that a "cordon will be thrown around Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament to protect both from demonstrators". The visiting protestors obviously know little about this country if they think that the Scottish Parliament has any connection with capitalism. We should be so lucky! Of course, the G8 participants themselves have little to do with capitalism either, except to restrict it and prevent it from benefiting the world's poor. If these people must meet in Scotland can't they go to Rockall?

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David Farrer said...

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Stuart Dickson
Apparently, the good citizens of Auchterarder are hoping to make a killing from renting out their homes to the "gentlemen" of the press. 
For the privilege they, and their children, get to use state identity cards. Lucky devils.

30 January 2005, 14:51:28 GMT
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Neil Craig
Unfortunately most people use particular buzz words to position themselves on most issues eg "anti-capitalist", "ecological", "democratic", "nuclear", "right", "left", "liberation" & the ever useful pictures of unhappy children. To some extent this is inevitable since few of us can be expert on all issues - nonetheless it it is an excuse for not thinking. 
Of course this is not exclusively a left wing phenomenon.

29 January 2005, 19:40:28 GMT