Monday, 26 February 2007

Tragic trudge against Trident with the Trots

Completely off topic but I need to have a moan about saturday's anti-Trident/anti-war demo. This was a great opportunity for a bit of retro demonstrating (anti-nuke? how 80s!) but any potential for fun was exstinguished by the 57 varieties of Trots taking part.

Me and two mates went on the march principally because we have a problem with Trident (although we all opposed the war too). But judging from the chants you would have assumed that this was an anti-war march that a few anti-nuke people had stumbled onto by accident. Maybe I've become too cynical but I found myself wincing at most of the slogans. This wasn't helped by the fact that nearest SWP morale officer (or whatever they are) was particularly rubbish, with his rendition of "war, what is it good for" being especially poor. I think march organisers need some kind of Simon Cowell type figure to exercise some chant quality control and prevent people like that having access to megaphones.

Most irritating person on the march award goes to the twassock from the WRP (I think) who was chanting "Victory to the Iraqi resistance". Yes this type of person does really exist, it's not just Nick Cohen's paranoia. Given that the 'resistance' in Iraq doesn't at all mind killing trade unionists, why was he marching with a Gate Gourmet banner?

And what about the turnout? As we were marching we were speculating that in terms of numbers the only thing you could be sure was that the police estimate would be too low and the SWP/Respect figure would be somewhere in the billions. We weren't wrong. The police said 10,000 and Respect said 100,000 (chuckle). My entirely unscientific estimate is that it must have been something like 30,000. This is based on the fact that it looked a bit more than the average turnout at Portman Road, which is usually in the low 20s (as in thousands....).

When we got to Trafalgar Square we headed to the Chandos for a couple of beers. When we came out a couple of hours later someone was still droning on about something. I suppose some people find it inspiring, for me it was a reminder of how bad lefty demos can be.

7 comments:

John Gray said...

Hi Tom

I stayed at home and blogged http://grayee.blogspot.com/2007/02/who-do-trade-unions-represent.html

Enjoy!

John

Adele said...

We often see this with the SWP who equate

Trident - an issue on its own about whether to replace nuclear weapons

Iraq - a war, which some might say was illegal

Afghanistan - a legitimate humanitarian intervention

Tom P said...

Hi John

I saw your piece about unrepresentatitive representatives. Nice one!

By the way did a journo called Iain Morse get in touch with you? I pointed him in your direction.

Tom

Micky H said...

Hi Tom,
I'm from the "pouring ridicule and spitting bile onto Trots" end of the market, but as I've said up front on my blog, a few more rational people injecting sanity into blogworld and I can put on my retirement slippers!
Good luck with your blogging and blimey mate - don't you look like Dave Grohl!
All the best
Micky H

Tom P said...

cheers Mickey! nice blog. one of my mates is a lefty Hammers fan so I've told him about your site.

I'll take Dave Grohl, it's better than 'a young Cat Stevens' which is another comment I've had!

el tom said...

Nice blog, lots of excellent thinking material on here, great to see people covering new ground. I'm going to link you.

John Gray said...

Hi Tom

Yes, Iain did get in touch, I had a nice old rant about Consultants, Advisors, PFI, RSI etc (of course, I had to end with a go at the Tory Councils who gerrymander the LGPS to keep in power)

John
(LGPS - local government pension scheme - for those few people in this world who have never heard of the 85 year rule)