"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik


by Ian Bone

Dora Kaplan recently commented on this blog that for the student movement to tie itself to the trade unions would be like chaining thmselves to a corpse. How true. Today VICKY EASTON – London regional organiser of UNISON – warned against outside troublemakers hijacking the march to cause violence. Already singing from the pre-scripted police songsheet. Vicky said she believed peaceful marches were the way to change things – without being asked for one example! Quite how anyone can be an ‘outsider’ on a march open to all Vicky did not elaborate. Already we can see the cop/trade union leadership developing their narrative to enable them to provide thousandsof stewards to pen people in.



One response

  1. Why is Unison scared of being associated with trouble from protests? And when this is the case, why have they warned of this so much in advance?

    All this will do is ensure more brutal police tactics and these will be used against the innocent peaceful protesters. Alternatively, perhaps the demo will be called off with the police refusing permission under guidance through the ConDem Government?

    Of course, the demo will consist of many trouble makers, but in order for it to be hijacked such trouble makers have to take centre stage. If the Met did their job properly by having a police line, and then having officers (under cover) nabbing the few trouble makers from the crowd before it escalates all will be well. This doesn’t happen.

    January 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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