Friday, 3 April 2009
All quiet on the Westminster front.
The protests in London passed relatively peacefully. Considering how many were there, the number of arrests and the amount of damage was less than what you'd expect from an average Saturday night in any town centre.
The police tried their best, issuing challenges before the event and then penning the crowd in for hours without access to food, water or toilets. Even so, only a few became angry enough to break windows and enter RBS, presumably looking for a coffee machine or a forgotten sandwich.
Fortunately, the protesters did not turn nasty overall and going by general police efficiency these days, of the hundred or so arrested no more than ten will be charged. They'll all be DNA recorded, naturally.
I, for one, was greatly relieved. If the Gorgon hoped to find an excuse to play with his enabling act, he didn't find it in these protests. There was nowhere near enough to justify more crazed legislation although I expect we'll soon find airport-style security at banks anyway.
As long as future protests follow this example and stay calm, we'll be shot of this bunch of mindless idiots at the next election.
Then we'll have new mindless idiots in charge. Ho hum.
At least they won't sell off the last ounce of gold. If it's still there.