February 22, 2007 by cosmoakacitizensmith
There’s a huge natural gas pipeline being built from Milford Haven all through Wales into Gloucestershire. And it’s BAD, OK?
Carbon emissions, blah blah…The Stern Report…blah blah…global warming…blah, blah… Man, enough about the bad pipeline, already!!!! You can read about it in Gagged and Schnews and I aint going to fill ya in just cos ya aint been paying attention up till now, ok?!!
What happened was that last Wednesday a group of my mates were nicked after protesting about it at Milford Haven. Some were charged with Aggravated Trespass – £2500 fine and 3 months in prison – and various other legal delights, including a conspiracy charge. One of the bail conditions set for one of them was that she was unable to publicise any future direct action on the pipeline.
And some of the chaps living at a bail address had a visit from the cops, who the proceeded to nick their laptops. Hearing about all this, my whole chest contorted into rage at the whole bullshit business.
A few thoughts…
People may say, why stop the pipeline? It’s like stopping a road development. You can’t stop “progress.”
But at the core of this kind of direct action is the question: what kind of society do we want to live in? At the moment we value profit and the expoitation of people and the environment because it keeps most of us in the standard of living to which we are accustomed. That’s where capitalism trumps.
The point is, though, we can’t go on like this much longer. Eventually, we are going to find out we need to have think about these things very differently. People now may think that sounds crazy, but it only in the way giving votes to women sounded crazy 150 years ago.
So get out there. And get nicked. Again and again. For Jesus. And remember kids, you heard it here first.