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A strange day in this blog post from 2007. What might I have done I’m thinking 7 years later.
Some old friends from The Scarman Trust South West asked me if I’d like to speak at a conference on community action they were holding at Central Hall Westminster today. Seeing DAVID BLUNKETT’S name as another speaker I readily agreed and mugged up on Blunkett’s commercial interests – columns in the SUN and DAILY MAIL earning him £200,000 a year for example. Blunkett with two police bodyguards entered the hall just as I was launching in to him. I finished by asking the audience to ask Blunkett a question when he finished speaking ‘ Why are you such a fucking greedy bastard?’
Words like lead balloon spring to mind – there was a deathly hush till Blunkett’s bodyguards grabbed me and said they were nicking me under the Public Order Act for uttering the suggested question!! After some argy bargy several members of the audience – cheers Lawrence Hoo and others from Bristol- gathered round and the cops decided I should just be ejected from the building. One of the cops shoved my coat at me and I headed for Westminster underground. Feeling for my Freedom Pass I found some tapes in the pocket – which were not mine and a Sheffield Freedom Pass.I’d only been given Blunkett’s crombie – very like mine -and was swanning round Parliament square in the former Home secretary’s fucking coat!!! What to do?
Some friends sneaked back and swapped the coats over – I didn’t want Blunkett swanning around on my pass – or the inevitable knock at the door which would have followed. Strange old day. Later reports from inside suggest his security staff were going frantically mental checking his mobile phone
Freedom is to cease publication from next issue and go online with a freesheet for those without access to the net. I’m sure this is the right decision – the sad fact is that no one – apart from those heroic Stakhanovites at STRIKE – wants to street sell papers anymore. Full Stop.
Yet at the same time anarchist blogs feature highly in the TOP 100 POLITICAL BLOGS IN THE UK. Johnnie Void’s blog………http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/………regularly in the Top Ten with my own lurking in the top 70s. Freedom should be able to quickly establish itself with a similar readership.
So Farewell then……irritating, annoying, and occasionally brilliant……Freedom was the first anarchist paper I ever read and doubtless many others. When the plumed feathered shire horses pause outside the White Hart and Angel Alley no doubt Whitechapel High Street will be thronged with bare headed costermongers muttering ‘ you could leave yer front door open when old Kropotkin was the editor’…………indeed you could.
I bought my Croydon v Alton Town match programme at the turnstile at the Croydon Arena yesterday. At this level the programme is usually 8 pages of glossy pre-printed outside pages adverts with 12 page duplicated insert with all the info on it. At the ARENA yesterday there were about 20 Trams supporters and about 15 Brewers fans. So max programme sale would be 35 but more likely under a dozen. So not a vast audience for the editor – yet my hats off to the Croydon editor yesterday. He wrote an informative and amusing piece on the home team’s opponents:
‘More recent supporters may not be aware but our clubs paths have crossed before way back in 1968 in the first round of the FA Amateur Cup. I recall the visit to Hampshire was on a freezing cold December afternoon. It was touch and go whether the tie could be played. What stands out even more in the memory and has made it into our club history is that they did not allow youngsters into their clubhouse and I had to sit in the stand freezing my nuts off for over an hour after the game until the players came out and we were able to board the coach. Stupidity at its best.
Anyway onto more relevant matters now that I’ve got that off my chest after 45 years’
Gold Dust – I’m going to buy Simon Hawkins a pint.
Had a strange e-mail request from some researcher/stooge/whatever asking what Class War’s defence policy would be if we formed the next government!
I was always struck by the Danish politician some years back who promised to abolish the Danish armed forces and install an answering machine at the former Ministry of Defence saying ‘we surrender’. I think he got about 20% of the vote.
I’ve written to the chairman of the BBC today asking for a Class War speaker in the eURO debate. If no answer is forthcoming by noon today we shall be at Class War with the BBC…..and will hold our own debate outside the BBC on April 2nd.