By Niall McCrae:
A week is a long time in the politics of rallies. On Saturday a Kill the Bill march in London drew five thousand mostly young protestors against the proposed strengthening of police powers. A good cause was distorted by the divisive identity politics of the woke generation: Black Lives Matter banners, transgender flags and radical Marxist placards supplied by Socialist Worker. On the preceding Saturday (24th April) a gathering twenty or thirty times bigger marched from Hyde Park to Holborn Viaduct and back, in a joyful expression of unity by ordinary people of every class and creed.
Whereas the Unite for Freedom rally was initially ignored by the BBC and other mainstream media, the Kill the Bill demo was widely reported. Furthermore, coverage of the latter was sympathetic, as most keenly expressed in the Guardian. The most we heard from the BBC on the anti-lockdown protest was by Marianna Spring of the Orwellian department of disinformation, who tweeted disparaging remarks about conspiracy theorists with a ludicrous underestimate of the crowd.
The reporting blackout ended later, after videos emerged of the police being chased from a foolhardy intervention near Speakers Corner. A group of marchers were basking in the last rays of a glorious sunny day, listening to an impromptu gig. They were doing no harm, but a squad of police officers steamed in, presumably to confiscate the audio equipment and arrest the band. The revellers linked arms and the police retreated in a hail of derision.
Some seasoned anti-lockdown activists protected the police from the crowd, but one masked moron continued to lash out at officers. His attire was classic Antifa: all black, including a cap, rucksack and scarf covering most of his face. Was he an agent provocateur, creating the headline that the authorities sand bought media wanted? A peaceful rally attended by perhaps two hundred thousand was thus besmirched. ‘Ten arrests at anti-lockdown protest’ reported the Sunday Times.
The Kill the Bill protest produced considerably worse behaviour. For long stretches ‘ACAB, all cops are bastards ‘was chanted, and other aggressive phrasing imported from BLM / Antifa riots in the USA. Although the protest was against police powers, the marchers want freedom of expression ‘for me but not for thee’. These are the puritanical offspring of our education system, who think that any contrary opinion is ‘hate speech’. Quite a contrast with the all-embracing ethos of a week earlier.
Most of the Kill the Bill marchers were masked, although there is no requirement to do so outdoors. A speaker closing the event advised everyone to wear their masks at all times to evade the law, but it’s ironic at a protest against restriction of protest. Credit is gained from the establishment, though. SAGE advisor Dame Theresa Marteau of University of Cambridge lauded BLM campaigners for their mask ethics, regarding this as a model for outdoor events. Throwing traffic cones at police is excused ‘cos wearing a mask, innit?’
As the Kill the Bill walkers began to wander off, the lonely figure of Piers Corbyn tried to bridge the yawning gap between anti-lockdown and anti-police protestors. Old Piers has been working behind the scenes to bring left-wing activists into the campaign against the Covid regime, collaborating with BLM leader Sasha Johnson in his Let London Live party in the London Assembly election. However, to the Kill the Bill crowd he seemed a cantankerous old man, who has come to the wrong show. Few stayed to listen, and those who did frowned and looked condescendingly on him. In exasperation Corbyn berated people for wearing masks or taking the vaccine: ‘wake up, they’re f***ing playing you!’. But the Kill the Bill protestors are happy to be so muzzled and jabbed. And they get a good press, unlike lockdown sceptics.
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