August 3, 2005 by cosmoakacitizensmith
like i said, next to the eco camp at stirling, with its alternative living and anti-capitalist ethos, is a morrison’s supermarket. and i’m not talking about those little ones, i mean a huge, proper out of town superstore, well down on the environmentally-sound list.
of course, when it all gets a bit much, i’m down there for a fry up and a cup of tea, and along with a load of others, and take the opportunity to not have to relieve myself in a compost khazi.
oh, the joys.
today in morrison’s, there are papers in the newsagent section which scream out about the violence on the march and treat it generally like a football match, complete with photo finishes and highlights from the “game.”
what do the workers at morrison’s reckon when they see the “stars” of the riots yesterday floating about the place buying veggie sausages? who knows. they all seem very friendly and helpful.
but i suppose they would be, wouldn’t they?
one of the senior edinburgh coppers describes the violence as the product of a hardcore minority and a load of “hangers-on.”
which i suppose is a way of saying what we already know: some people are up for peaceful protest, some want to provoke clashes with the state and their representatives in the belief it will create some change, and some people are along for the ride.
politics makes strange bedfellows.
but the media love the violence. they positively jizz over it. it sells papers. it makes us protesters look either stupid, niave or violent. and best of all, mr and mrs normal and their 2.4 kids can look at the papers today and feel digust or envy or both, and they have another reason to feel safe and secure in their existence.
they can rest assured that the forces of law and order are defending their right to not give a shit, and to let people who do with economics what the nazis did with zyclon b run their lives for them.
whatever u do, don’t mention the debate. just the war.
at the camp in stirling, it is a day of meetings. lots of them. and meetings about meetings. plots and plans are hatched, and vows are made. i sit in a meeting about site sanitation and fall asleep.
but sleep is a good thing. it is going to be a long couple of days.