I’d missed the initial gathering of my fellow Lib Dems at Trafalgar Square so asIt gets even more bizarre.
soon as I got off the bus, and had said hello to my local (LD) councillor
had come up separately, I made my way past the various university
homemade placard clutched in my hand, as I tried to find the
other Lib Dems.
Having made my way from the rear of the protest to the
front and then on
to Trafalgar Square, I was certain of two things. One,
with my Lib Dem t-shirt,
rosette and placard I felt highly conspicuous and
vulnerable. Two, the Lib Dem
group was nowhere to be seen and the SWP seemed
to have newspaper salesmen
Doubling back towards the
rear of the protest, and
frantically texting people who I knew would be
there, I suddenly found myself
hailed by the large friendly, unstoppable
force of liberalism that is Martin
Shapland, Chair of Liberal Youth. After
scrambling over a railing and around
some NUS stewards, I joined Martin and
the rest of the Lib Dem contingent. Sadly
we were relatively few (I counted
thirteen of us at the start of the march) but
there were enough placards and
signs for three apiece whilst we bemoaned the
fact that most Lib Dems who’d
said they were coming seemed to have decided to
march with their
universities or to stay home.
As we headed back past Millbank it became obvious that the situation was getting
worse. A police van was parked in the middle of the road while more windows had
been smashed and someone was setting of fireworks. Unsure of what was being
burned but certain that we would be unpopular with the protesters inside the
courtyard, we decided to go past as quickly as we could – stopping only to gawp
at the spectacle of a nearly naked man lying on a sledge being towed along by
other similarly near naked men, one of whom was wearing what appeared to be an
animal skin. A Druid friend of mine who was standing nearby reliably informed us
that they were Satanists.
We only have a right wing government committed to huge cuts in corporation tax combined with misery for the rest of us because of the Liberal Democrats.
While I am encouraged that Liberal Democrat student protesters are chanting “Nick Clegg shame on you, shame on you for turning blue”, perhaps they should be taking stronger action.
Next week the Education Action Network will be occupying the Liberal Democrat headquarters, I hope that the Liberal Students will access Cowley Street with their membership cards before burning them on the roof.
Will this happen? Watch this space.