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UKuncut street parties all over UK 26th May

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Brixton Hatter, May 26, 2012.

  1. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    I'm at Parkfields SW15 in Putney outside Nick Clegg's house with about 150 people having a party. Get the beers in!


    Anyone else out and about today?
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  2. Random

    Random Ethnic nalgocrat

    Good stuff. Can't see anything other than this London one on UK IMC
  3. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp

    Nice one BH :)

    BBC tweeting this but nothing yet on their website.

    About 50-100 protesters outside Deputy PM Nick Clegg's London home campaigning against spending cuts. Details soon http://t.co/vYtVdoSp -- BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking)
  4. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    There was a lot of sniping from some quarters about the 'Great British' and reclaiming Britishness theme of this, on the grounds that it buys into nationalist rhetoric, even if in the fluffiest way possible. I have to say it irritates me (and I can't really identify) but I can't get myself worked up about it. I would have gone on this if I hadn't needed more sleep than Dozy the dwarf.

    Well done for going BH .
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  5. Random

    Random Ethnic nalgocrat

    I have to say that the Great Britishness of it is pointless and will no doubt offend lots of people, especially in Scotland, Wales and the north of Ireland. Plus there's a near-Blairist attempt to rebrandBritishness on the UKUncut website from a guest columnist "I’m looking forward to UK Uncut’s Great British Street Party, because – to borrow a cliché from David Cameron – I want to put the Great back into Great Britain."

    I thought UKUncut were largely organised by anarchists and the like. Are they genuinely really sentimental nationalists, or just pretending to be so since they think it'll have wide appeal?

    Saying all that I'm still solidly behind these street parties, from my armchair, as it's heartening to see anything happening to the left of Miliband.
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  6. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    Liberals, not anarchists.
  7. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    It just got a mention on the 2pm news on Radio 4. Six UK Uncut protestors chained in wheelchairs and fifty other people.
  8. Random

    Random Ethnic nalgocrat

    They seem to be bandying about the legacy of Reclaim the Streets and I assumed there was at least a little continuity between these two groupings.
  9. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    It's a mixture of people of varying political ideas - probably one of its strengths. I don't think much of the 'Britishness' angle, and would put my point of view if I bumped into any of the planners of this action, but I think we need to look for reasons to work with people even if we don't agree with everything they say and do. I think one of the reasons collective action is hard in this country is that politics is approached as individual expression. That's not to say we shouldn't have the debates, but we can't always find people who perfectly match our personal list of 'good' politics.
  10. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie They only call it class war when we fight back

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  11. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp

    Louise Mensch said that you are "targeting families" with this :D

  12. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Apparently it's some form of terrorism.
  13. free spirit

    free spirit more tea vicar?

    that'll be the cakes.
  14. copliker

    copliker ...

    "Art Li ‏@Art_Li
    Compassionate, want to help others etc by becoming a politician? Watch protest outside Clegg's house. Think again."
  15. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    what an endearingly naive concept of what politicians do.
  16. copliker

    copliker ...

  17. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    interesting that the BBC initially said there were 50 protestors. The Guardian somehow claimed there were 400. When we got there, there was about 100 which soon swelled to 150 and there was probably near to 200 when I left a few hours later.

    there was an interesting collection of people there, a fair few anarcho types, a few people I've met on previous actions, some older and disabled activists, some pensions & NHS campaigners and quite a few fluffy liberals with their picnic blankets and tesco samosas. I think the "Great British Street Party" theme thing is a bit lame but it's just a bit of UK Uncut spin. Most people were there to make a point, make some noise, give the police the run around and have a laugh/get some beers in and that's what we did. Some of the UK Uncut rhetoric is not really to my taste but I like the fact they get out there and do stuff, and attract like minded people along.



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  18. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    I was there - must say it was about the least intimidating gathering I can imagine. Not a right of lot of politics involved (I respect Uncut for raising the profile of corporate tax evasion) - but this was pretty low on politics.

    Still, it's got MPs backs up which is no bad thing...
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  19. shaman75

    shaman75 Well-Known Member

    alternatively, watch the leverson enquiry and see how you'll be giving permission for murdoch to poke around in your life and broadcast your business.
  20. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    Yeah it fcuking pissed off Louise Mensch, which is no bad thing, and engulfed her in a Twitter flaming war for the past few days which must have really did her head in. She accused protesters of "harrasment" and "terrorism" and promises to ask a written parliamentary question asking the Home Office to consider powers to ban protests outside of the houses of private citizens. Fucking nuts mate!
  21. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    how's the deputy prime minister 'a private individual'?
  22. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter edge of heaven

    it's the poor wife and kiddies who are being harrassed - gotta protect the kiddies innit
  23. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    Should link up with Defend the Right to Protest and have a demo outside of Chez Mensch?
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  24. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    kiddies are off-limits, but Mrs C ain't. she chose to marry the wanker
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