“Remember, Remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!”
The ‘Gunpowder’ was obvious this year, you could be excused for thinking you were in suburb of Damascus or Mogadishu, as the fireworks lit up the nights sky. The ‘Plot’ was simple, get a million people world wide to put on those Guy Fawkes masks and march around major cities calling for smaller government and an end to corruption and tyranny. And what was the ‘Treason’ you ask?
Well the ‘Treason’ was that in London it was the loony Labour loving Left that turned up to protest instead. They all turned up with their, sweat shop made, Guy Fawkes masks and started protesting against cuts and austerity. They went on about defending the BBC whilst at the same time criticising them for not covering their little socialist romp . And why is this Treason? Well the rest of the world was protesting against big Government. In America protestors stood outside of the Federal Reserve building and started chanting Ron Paul’s famous “End the Fed” line. Whilst others convened outside of the White House and started protesting agains the Obama Administrations endless spying and wars with such gems as “Make Profits not War”. So you can probably see why it’s quite hypocritical of the London protest to be calling for more Government…
And if you needed any more evidence of their hypocrisy you need look no further than the people who were in attendance last night. Champagne Socialist Owen Jones made an appearance. Can you get more Statist than a man who announces his intention to Ban anything he doesn’t agree with at every turn. Or who calls for the Rich to pay more Tax whilst everyone else lives off the State.
Or how about Russell Brand… The “Comedian” who called for Britain to become a socialist state on Newsnight, and in the New Statesman, the other week. I don’t see him as being very anti-establishment or inclined to shrink the state. In fact what he was advocating in his New Statesman piece was nothing short of a Soviet Style Politburo with unelected heads of Government. Doesn’t really tow the line of “End Corruption and the State” does it…
If we’re following the Anonymous slogan of “Us vs Them” these people seem to want to make “Them” much bigger and more powerful.
What’s more is that when you confront the advocates of this movement on Twitter you get very vague responses. I asked what their common ideology was and they seemed to struggle with this.
“It’s a show of force!” One of them said.
“It’s about attacking Corporations” Another said, no doubt sending it from their iPhone.
“But surely the NHS and BBC are Corporations that try to influence legislation and Government?” I responded… No clear response. Instead they chose to dance around the questions.
When I asked the same question to the US protestors I got a much clearer response. “We’re here because our Government won’t listen and tries to take our rights.”
And thats what people should be protesting about. Not about some deluded idea that the NHS is a basic human right but that principles such as the Free Press are under attack. Or that our recovery is being hamstringed by Trade Unions and Lobbying Groups that refuse to accept much needed reform (Free Market Reform). If the Problem is a bloated state what makes these people think that More Statism is the solution? Who knows… But what we do know is that this protest didn’t do much for their cause.
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