There is to be an anti-austerity march in London on Saturday. A whole load of people who think ‘austerity’ means waiting one more day for the latest Playstation are planning to walk about a bit and pretend they achieved something.
Well, okay, if walking and waving banners floats your boat, you just carry on with that. I won’t be there – not least because ‘austerity’ to me means I can’t afford the trip to London. Also because I don’t see how walking from one bit of London to another bit of it will actually achieve anything at all. Unless the march organisers have shares in shoe leather.
There will be some trouble at the march. There always is. It’s inevitable. Lefties like to make their point with violence. Always have and always will. And so the Mail sent a reporter to find some known thugs and blow them out of proportion.
There are seven in the photo, which looks like it was taken sometime around 1970. It can’t be too hard to spot those throwbacks in a crowd.
The Mail suggests that these people are actively planning violence. If that were true then the police could act on the evidence the Mail collected, since ‘conspiracy to commit a criminal act’ is itself a crime. That there have been no arrests suggests no actual crime took place.
In which case, why make it sound as if the march is going to turn into some kind of war zone?
There are around 70,000 people expected at the march. Most of them, by far, are expecting to just have a walk and maybe shout a slogan now and then. They aren’t going there to do anything violent. If they think it’s going to be a mass riot, it might put a lot of them off attending.
That might well be the point of it all. Scare away the peaceful ones so when the violent ones kick off, they look like a bigger proportion of the marchers than they originally were.
It’ll keep the bystanders scared too. Businesses will board up windows and lock doors until it’s over. The Lefties are going to look much scarier than they really are.
It’s hard to know who benefits most from that. It does let the government point and say ‘Look how violent they all are!’ On the other hand, the Left generally employ violence and intimidation to get their way anyway, so making them look even more violent and intimidating wouldn’t really damage their way of working.
Both sides like to keep the population in general scared. Stories like this will achieve that. A lot of people will avoid the march, both those who might have been on it and those who might have seen it as it passed.
The news coverage will be of the violent ones and the police battling it out. It’ll look as if it’s a ful-blown riot when, as is usual, the same few people will appear in all the photos.
Keeps the masses scared and under control, and all it takes is a photo of seven fashion victims and a few words. Then, a load of people out for a shouty walk become an invasion of violent psychopaths in the eyes of the rest of the population. Everyone stays home and everyone stays scared.
Easy, isn’t it?