Whilst I was at
the '05 G8 Protest (The one that was condemned by Bob Geldolf
and Wossname from U2 for ‘Not representing what the Rock the
World stands for’. And quite right too), there was a
point when having gotten into central Scotland, which was
effectively sealed off from the rest of Scotland (The
inhabitants had to have ID cards to live there), and then
through a series of Guerrilla Movements to within 10 miles of
the Gleneagles Hotel, I came to where ‘The Siege’ began.
Here, the Clown
Army http://www.clownarmy.org/ spearheaded an advance
through the barricades into a field and began the long walk
towards the famous hotel where the 'Leaders of the Free World'
were carving up the Free Economy to keep the Rich, Rich and keep
the Starving, Starving.
Then the USAF
Chinooks descended to debouch the riot-gear’d UK Police, who
tore into the Clown Army as they were trained to by techniques
learned in Southern America. The film crews were set up conveniently
on little platforms around the breach in the fence and it all
looked suspiciously as if this were a staged event.
“Bugger me!” I
thought “This is completely Judge Dredd!”. Then I ran. Like
So when I got
home and saw that after all the thousands of shots that the
press must have gotten of the event, they only seemed to have a
few shots of a bloodied protestor (No-one asks “Who cracked this
guys skull?” The headlines said things like ‘The face of
hatred’), I didn’t feel there was any damn point in
painting pictures of spaceships, aliens or even girls in tight
painted the first of what I’m now calling the ‘Schaden