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Yeah. About those ‘student’ ‘protests’

What do Italy, Germany, Spain, Latvia and Argentina have to do with the cost of going to college in Britain?

Yes, exactly.

But there they were, in the thick of the “student” “protests” setting fire to shit and throwing shit and generally losing their shit all over Westminster (including, apparently, taking a shit on the Cenotaph).

Though the Daily Mail (which — I must say it — is not a very good newspaper) got it wrong about the Black Bloc: it’s a tactic, not a group. It’s dressing up in black, covering your face and raising hell. They’ve been running all over Europe since the Eighties, protesting squatter evictions, nuclear anything, abortion (restrictions on), the G-8, the G-20, Reagan, the Pope, virtue, kittens, a good ten cent cigar. Whatever.

Riot tourists. Bored rich kids who travel the (safe, Western) world taking part in violent (but ultimately harmless) street theater dressed up as scary anarchists, because burning stuff and peeing on sacred monuments is fun. And, let’s face it, the European and Canadian and American governments may be TEH EVIL, but they’re not going to open fire on a bunch of middle class kids having themselves some good, clean vandalism.

This lady is at least a student at the University of London. But at 37, don’t you think she’s been hanging off the public teat long enough?

And is there anything more telling than Dave Gilmour’s adopted son turning up in this bunch? Dad’s worth 78 million cool British rock’n’roll pounds, you think this kid worries about how he’s going to pay for his History course at Cambridge?

It’s big kid Hallowe’en for the useless spoiled progeny of the first world. And mummy and daddy back home will frown — then think back to their own student protest days and sigh wistfully.

And tomorrow the circus will move on, repair crews will sweep up the glass and replace the benches and absolutely, positively nothing will change.


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 14, 2010, 10:13 pm

I have been reading about them on Police Inspector’s Blog: http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/ What destructive bunch of whiney losers. Pity they are not allowed to use hoses on them. Wet them down in December, and they will soon find other things to do with their time.

Comment from porknbean
Time: December 15, 2010, 1:00 am

Okay, if you can’t open fire on them, you should be able to bust a few of their pot infested heads. And send the bills to their parents.

BTW, is Gilmour’s kid going to get community serviced as in cleaning up?

Comment from cobrakai99
Time: December 15, 2010, 1:09 am

Spoiled Sh!ts with no useful skills. They should all be in the Upperclass Twit of the Year competition.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 1:52 am

It’s okay, cobrakai. You can say “shit” here.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 15, 2010, 2:05 am

They aren’t rich, a lot of them – it’s just that our society is so fat that these yobs can survive and travel by scrounging. The minor drippings from the general pool are enough.

Begging, the odd handout from relatives, casual employment (often government-subsidized – and followed by extended periods of collecting unemployment benefit). I bet a fair number of them have scammed some kind of disability benefit, too.

It’s an almost unavoidable consequence of national wealth.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 1:17 pm

And now they’ve moved on to Rome.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: December 15, 2010, 2:20 pm

The Permanent Floating Destructive Mob.

PFlDM. Piffledem. Can we use that?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 2:33 pm

What really galls me about this is the lack of curiosity on the part of the media. They’re “student protesters” one day, “anti-fascist protesters” the next. It’s only when you start looking up people who get quoted and eyeballing the pre-printed signs from various socialist groups (which turn up at every single one of these protests) that you begin to get a sense for how false all of this is.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 2:38 pm

Do I sound paranoid? I sound paranoid.

Comment from Deborah
Time: December 15, 2010, 3:10 pm

Riot tourists. Bored rich kids who travel the (safe, Western) world taking part in violent (but ultimately harmless) street theater dressed up as scary anarchists, because burning stuff and peeing on sacred monuments is fun.

This says it all Stoaty. I would shove their candy asses on barges, tow them out to the channel, and drop anchor.

Comment from porknbean
Time: December 15, 2010, 3:55 pm

You don’t sound paranoid. You sound aware of what is going on with commie shits, one world order, anarchy. With the softening of the laws, the doors have been purposefully opened to all sorts of swiss cheese brained tomfoolery.

Where you can go to jail for protecting yourself or property and the perp walks and then sues you, the inmates are running the asylum.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 15, 2010, 4:53 pm

I think if this kind of stuff started happening on a large scale here, you would see a (truly) diverse group of counter-protesters. Think Hell’s Angels and suburban Dads, side by side. With baseball bats. The giant may be sleeping, but he’s not dead yet.

Comment from Mija Cat
Time: December 15, 2010, 5:18 pm

The English giant is comatose .. whatever happened to the riot act? Y’all should never have let that go!

One or two good cavalry charges, or volley fire (even with rubber bullets) and the permanent protesting putzes would learn to pick softer targets…


Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: December 15, 2010, 5:33 pm

Just can’t wait for that to get over here. ugh. Also, Seems like there’s a distinct lack of signs in that pic… well, other than the “Tap ma hat” one on the far right…..

And I agree, Rubber bullets are fun. And effective.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 6:36 pm

They’re talking about authorizing water cannons. That would be pretty good with the temps we’ve had around here lately.

Oh, hey, good news! I’ve been diagnosed with ringworm!


Comment from scubafreak
Time: December 15, 2010, 7:25 pm

The problem with ‘Riot Tourism’ is that these little mysanthropes often move on to planting bombs and machine-gunning the families of political groups that they don’t like.

Studies of Terrorism have proven again and again that the hardcore of international players were the children of upper class, well educated families. By NOT stomping the living shit out of these little creeps, I believe they are setting up the next generation of “Carlos the Jackals and Che Gueveras..”

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: December 15, 2010, 9:59 pm

Ah, the Rage Against Homework crowd.

How we loves to hates them.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: December 15, 2010, 10:51 pm

Ringworm? Is that something that means something different across the Pond?

I had a ringworm when I was small. It was on my left arm, and I don’t remember it hurting much. In fact, I don’t really remember much about it or what it got treated with. That was the Fifties, so fancy modern drugs weren’t around. I do vaguely remember the household going into Frantic Cleaning mode; Wikipedia says mix bleach 1:10 with water and wash everything. That sounds vaguely familiar.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2010, 11:12 pm

It’s a fungus. I had a patch on my calf a few years ago; small round dot. Itched like fool. Went to see my doctor about something else and he said, “that’s ringworm. I’ll give you a scrip for some ointment if you want, or you can wait and it’ll go away.” He didn’t seem impressed, so I just waited it out.

This is something different altogether. In scale, I mean. I’ve got great evil patches of it going up both arms, on my shoulders and back, down the fronts of my legs, and — horrifyingly — on my nethers.

First it itches and weeps, then it hurts and bleeds, then it turns into leather. My first thought was poison ivy, but they haven’t got it here.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 15, 2010, 11:41 pm

I feel itchy just reading that.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 16, 2010, 12:04 am

Are you sure the gubmint ain’t been ‘sperimentin’ on you wit’ some of their crowd control potions? Or is that something they only do Stateside?

Comment from mojo
Time: December 16, 2010, 5:29 am

Sorry, my newspeak translator says that “Marxist firebrand” is code for “hairy armpits”, is that correct?

Comment from Mike C.
Time: December 16, 2010, 1:39 pm

Why does the phrase “a whiff of grapeshot” come to mind ?

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: December 17, 2010, 3:32 am

If I towed them out to sea on a barge, I wouldn’t drop anchor, I would sink the sucker. See how far they could swim – 200 mile limit anyone?

Comment from Bill (now the .000357% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: December 20, 2010, 12:47 pm

“Every motion I put forward is for peaceful, non-violent direct action.”

Luv dat LeftySpeak.

A call for “direct action” *is* an incitement to violent protest.

Comment from intercambio cultural
Time: December 30, 2010, 2:55 pm

They are not real students. I can say it’s a shame that they are call students and they are protesting in this way. Maybe they just wanna have some fun..

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