watching footage of the g20 protest, it seems the media has decided the police have a bit of a thing for beating the crap out of unarmed members of society.
two thoughts spring to mind.
one – orgreave. the footage was there. it was no secret. i saw it and i know lots of others did. the media were pretty quiet about it. not the sort of story they wanted, i suppose. not like the miners who dropped the concrete on a taxi taking a striker to work. that got lots of play. they moved heaven and earth to show it. fair enough, that was murder (or a perfect piece for the news, depending on how you look at it), but chasing unarmed men over a mile on horseback armed and in riot gear isn’t exactly the hallmark of a healthy democratic society. brown people do that and we send in the un. 25 years and they start to worry about police violence. even the dinosaurs thought quicker than that.
two – when i saw the footage on the news tonight it bore the imprint of sunday times tv. call me a cynical old sod but when did they get this stuff of police hitting people with riot shields? it’ s been a while since it happened. still, i wouldn’t want to accuse the press of jumping on a bandwagon.
all the bad stories coming out of westminster are about the government. it can’t be they are the only ones doing crap things, can it? it seems murdoch and the other press barons who feed us with the news they need to warp our opinions and make sure the government we have is favourable to their interests, has tired of labour. my friend dave will be delighted. i called to tell him but sam said he was off down the ‘undefined embarassing disease clinic’ and then claimed fran was on the other line bitching about her sham marriage. frankly i have no idea what all that was supposed to be about. hope she hadn’t been at the cooking sherry. again.
still, if annoying people tell you the government is politicising the police, just smile and say ‘orgreave’. freaks the fuck out of them.
but do remember. plenty of people fought very hard to stop all that ‘armed cavalry riding down (unpopular) members of the public’ shit. they’ll be happy it’s come around again and this time with acceptable victims. not scum like the miners who wanted to plunge us into a second dark ages. and maybe feed their families, selfish buggers.
oh yeah… and that crap about those who forget their past being doomed to repeat it. or as brecht would say: ‘the bitch is in heat again’.