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Having attended the Million Mask March again on Wednesday the 5th November, there were a few things I noticed…and not in a good way.

The turnout was once again larger than last year, as was the year before that – estimations vary regarding attendance, though popular consensus seems to put the figure at 5,000 – 6,000.  And once again, the vast majority of people I saw there were there with peaceful intentions.


The first mistake the London Metropolitan Police made was to set up a huge sound system at Trafalgar Square, making announcements every 5 minutes to waves of boos and shouts – it was of course ‘all for our own safety’…how patronising.  In essence what they were doing was insinuating that they were there to keep ourselves safe from ourselves, while working through a list of things we weren’t to do – no drinking, no fireworks, no climbing on buildings or monuments, and no sound systems.  All this, while we were watched over by mounted police, and armed units standing on the balcony of the museum, not forgetting the ever-present helicopter droning overhead.


The use of the mounted and armed units was a tactic to intimidate us into compliance, which had little or no effect.  We set off down Whitehall, a stream of people fed up with corrupt governmental tactics, scandals, fracking, surveillance, and austerity to name but a few.  Each individual had their own reasons for being there…that is excepting the minority that turned up with the simple intention of causing trouble, who probably had no idea what the protest was actually about.

The march towards Parliament Square was largely uneventful, with the customary stop outside Dave’s gaff at No. 10 to vent frustrations and give him an indication of how disgruntled the masses are with the way the establishment run the country, by hook or crook.


On arriving at Westminster however, things changed drastically.  The Met went all out on the intimidation front, the grass at Parliament Square was completely fenced off, and the Houses of Parliament surrounded with a double layer of barriers.  Peaceful protesters were met with police officers kitted out in full riot gear, balaclavas and helmets, dehumanised and acting as Westminster’s Personal Protection Service.  In my opinion this only served to inflame the situation, making us all feel like criminals for daring to exercise our right to democratic protest.  We were funnelled through the square like rats in a trap, with the Met making an obvious attempt to contain the march, trying to prevent a repeat of last year’s unpredictable swerve towards Buckingham Palace for a late dinner with Lizzie.

They failed.


Fireworks exploded overhead outside parliament to cheers and whistles, and in response the Met beefed up their front lines to 3 deep in some places.  Having created a veritable powder keg of a situation, it was inevitable that something would kick off at some point – bottles, stones and in one case a traffic sign were hurled across the barricades at the police…something that I in no way condone by the way.  The lines outside Westminster Cathedral were eventually broken, with the march seizing the opportunity and gathering pace to move towards Buckingham.  Small groups of police officers found themselves virtually kettled by protesters, and made panicked darts towards open space.


Once at the palace, more fireworks were sent into the air to cheers…however the Met had increased their presence there from last year, more beefed up squads of riot officers, forming up in squads and looking thoroughly miserable.  As they formed a line in front of the palace, looking like they were about to clear the fountain and monument, they hadn’t anticipated the protesters charging off across the grass to the side of The Mall, to head towards the BBC HQ up the road, sadly knocking over bins as they went & creating a hell of a mess on the streets.


On arrival, the Beeb was in full lockdown mode, with scores of officers standing between marchers and the main doors.

After visiting Auntie, it became a game of cat & mouse, with the group taking unpredictable turns in the streets, making it impossible for the police to pre-empt them…after bringing Regent Street to a standstill, a police line was formed at the entrance to Picadilly Circus, essentially cleaving the group of protesters in two.  What the police failed to notice however, was a side street a few yards back which led around the line and into Picadilly, then itself almost brought to a standstill by Obe-Wan Kenobe with a guy fawkes’ mask, as he made a peaceful stand in front of a bus, which he maintained for some time.


I left at this point, after watching 3 van loads of police officers turn up to deal with some Anons dancing in Picadilly Circus around a performer with music playing through a loudspeaker.  I believe the chase didn’t end there, and continued for another hour or so.

One upside of the growing attendance year after year, is that the media interest is also growing.  The MSM likes of the BBC can no longer ignore what is happening on their doorstep, and many more media outlets are attending and reporting…many in a bad light, but there are some decent journalists out there reporting in a fair manner.


Overall, I saw only a small amount of troublemakers for such a big crowd – but I was aghast at the tactics employed by the Met…they are becoming more and more militarised every year, and more and more dehumanised.  These people are human too, and I am not saying every single officer is just looking for an excuse to use their truncheon, but the time is coming to make a choice between what you’re told to do, and what is morally and ethically right to do.  The police are supposed to keep the peace, and ensure justice prevails, but right now the corrupt political establishment and corporations openly flouts that judicial system and use police officers like their own personal security detail.

If we behaved like our politicians, we’d be imprisoned. The political system is clearly broken, politicians are clearly using the system to grab every penny they can, regardless of how much it harms the very people they are elected to represent.  This much is clear.  Yes, there are decent MP’s who try their best to act in their electorates’ interests, but sadly they are ignored by their parties, and thus seldom manage to make much of a difference.

Humanity itself is creeping ever closer to a brink that we may not recover from.  The question is, what are we going to do about it?


This, my friends, is a tale of two countries.  One country wishing to break away from a 300 year union, and forge its’ own way on the world stage using positive tactics – the other country at the helm of the union, desperately trying to prevent the split, using smear campaigns and fearmongering.


Scotland will decide for herself on the 18th of September 2014 whether she will go her own way and no longer be a part of the United Kingdom, or whether she’ll remain a part of the UK & continue to be ruled from London.


With London becoming increasingly desperate, they’re pulling out all the stops to convince the Scots that the Big Bad World is too nasty for them to prosper, and that they’d be much safer cuddled into the warm nest that Westminster provides.  

One recent stunt BitterTogether pulled involved misrepresenting a statement made by US President Obama…they have skewed the meaning of his speech to make it look like he supports Scotland remaining in the UK.  What Obama did say, was “There is a referendum process in place and it is up to the people of Scotland”.

Scotland however, have not reached out to world superpowers to ask them to take sides on the matter.  Neither have the Scottish government enjoyed biased media coverage from the BBC like BetterTogether.  There was no report from the BBC regarding the protest that took place against IndyRef bias outside BBC Scotland in Glasgow at the start of June.


But who says we need the media, or world leaders?  We don’t necessarily need any of that…what we do have is the support of ordinary people all over the world, and we also have social media – something BT didn’t factor in when they started utilising #ProjectFear to try and scare us into voting No…now, within mere hours of a press release attempting to further reinforce the fear, the article can be debunked, legitimately discredited and shared all over Twitter and Facebook, amongst other social media sites like independent media and blog sites like;

Wee Ginger Dug, an excellent commentator and dismantler of BetterTogether’s fear tactics, posted a wonderful letter from Galiza (Galicia) – a community in North West Spain – in support of the campaign for Scottish Independence.  Not just supporting our independent right to decide, but providing some empathy, some humanity to the situation by showing they understand the underhand tactics Westminster is using.  They’ve started a site called Solidarity With Scotland – a place for people of all nationalities to show their encouragement and that they stand with Scotland on her right to decide democratically.


Wings Over Scotland is another brilliant site for the truth – with An Actual Letter From America discrediting claims that an independent Scotland would have problems within NATO due to becoming a nuclear-free nation…not only that, but also making a statement about our economy & military budget – more than well worth a read if all the scare stories have you thinking we’ll be punted out into the cold by lots of other countries.


You just have to compare tactics by both countries to see who is the desperate party here – people of Scotland, this is ~your~ choice, and BetterTogether will do anything they can to instill fear and distort your view of how an independent Scotland may progress in the world.  

Remember though, we still have an NHS that’s not massively privatised, we still have a Royal Mail that’s national, and we want rid of Trident – do you follow the positives that may mean a better life for us all, or do you allow the mostly fabricated scare stories to beat you down and extort a No vote from you?  


Think, research, read blogs & impartial articles…and don’t allow unfounded fear to hold you hostage.

MP’s are highly accomplished at playing the blame game…they sit in the House of Commons and blame the previous government for the debt they’re in while the opposition blames the current government for drawing us deeper into debt. Rather than playing a school playground game, should the people ‘elected’ (I use the term loosely) to speak on our behalf not be trying to solve problems rather than trying to discredit the opposition?

This game is getting increasingly frustrating and boring – the electorate did not go to the polls to listen to their ‘candidates’ flinging blame and responsibility across a room – they went to the polls in the belief their rights would be stood up for, that decisions would be made in their best interests…which is a complete and utter fallacy. However, with three main political parties to choose from, each as bad as the other in a lot of ways, if you genuinely want to vote for change there isn’t much scope to hope things will be different – under Labour, we went to war, spending billions on confrontations which were uncalled for and unsupported by the general public. Under the Tories, we have austerity and benefit cuts – again uncalled for and deeply unpopular with the general public…the public, who voted these people into their positions, appears to have an opinion that matters not. It’s a slap in the face akin to a selfish high-flier using a friend to achieve the position they desperately want in life, then discarding that friend like rubbish and ignoring them.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand fully there are MPs that genuinely desire to make changes for their constituents and tackle relevant problems, however they are ridiculously outnumbered by representatives out for personal and political gain. Numerous scandals are now arising regarding privatisation of national services which have led to some form of profiteering…it’s not like ‘the old days’ where you could whip money out from under the taxpayer without their knowledge, or by the time they found out you were already away and free – social media has brought a sharing of knowledge unseen before…we are learning of MPs running national services with no experience of that particular sector. Why are these people handed a job for which they have little knowledge of the inner workings? Would anybody out on the street be accepted for a skilled job having no prior experience or qualifications? Short answer – NO…so why is our country being run by the few privileged rather than the few skilled and knowledgeable?

Then comes the undeniable anger-inducing announcement that these people are to receive an 11% pay raise…11%!! Which is a whole 11% more than public sector workers have received over the last 5 years – and this is announced by an ‘Independent’ Parliamentary panel…IPSA.  Why should the people supposed to be entrusted with running the country in our best interests be entitled to £74,000 a year when they are contravening the very foundation on which they were elected in the first place?

That’s not mentioning of course, the crippling bedroom tax and benefit cuts imposed on the poor and disabled, removing sources of independence and support for those that never chose to be in the position they’re in.  Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith has thrown millions of taxpayer’s pounds down the toilet and hit the flush in the process of trying to implement a system which does, and will see millions of people who are unable to work, struggle even more to live and eat.  It’s difficult enough to keep a roof over your head as it is!  As for those who want to work, even that’s becoming impossible and unrealistic…’we want you off benefits and into work, regardless of whether you’re capable or not, but simultaneously we’ll lower your standard of living to the point you’re in poverty anyway…we’ll think of you when we’re getting shopping on expenses and having our homes heated courtesy of your pay packet taxes’

Never mind all that though…if you don’t like the way the country’s being run, normally protesting would be one of the options to voice your discontent.  They’ve thought of that – If you disagree and gather to protest, local councils could curb demonstrations if you are ‘disturbing or annoying local residents’…so where does that leave unhappy people?  With no rights to speak up against a government hell bent on demoralising and controlling wide and varying aspects of the population.  Discontent is growing, and countries all over the world are seeing an increase in the number of protests and riots – they’re also trying to pass laws restricting protest…funny that, isn’t it?  We should not be afraid of our governments…the governments should be afraid of their people – and it looks like quite a few governments are starting to run scared – why else would they be starting to pass laws and bills prohibiting gathering in public and protesting?  Personally I think they’re a bit too late – people are too angry and disillusioned with those people entrusted in running the country in their best interests.

Governments, you have failed your people…you should have expected should have expected this.