mr. zilla goes to town

Sunday, July 03, 2005

the other white band

Ms Z and I have just returned from a fantastically peaceable gathering in Edinburgh. Scottish socialists, girls wearing 'Make Poverty History' underwear on their heads, regiments of colander-helmetted clowns reporting for the war on poverty, samba marching bands with beats so good it simply HAS to thump some sense into the g8, all marvellously entertaining.

With all of seventy black-bloc kiddies, a single broken window, and a single drug-possession arrest all day, on its own terms it was quite a success. However, with all the celebrity oriented media focus on the Live 8 events and 200,000 people in Hyde Park in London, you'd be forgiven for not noticing that there were the same number of people in the heart of Edinburgh yesterday as well.

Unfortunately stewarding and marshalling duties throughout the afternoon meant that I missed seeing a live performance of Da Lata but one supposes one must make the occasional sacrifice for the cause, hmm.

Given that ten million people in the streets of the world couldn't head off the Iraq War, I'm realistic about how inured mature democracies can be to mass public gatherings. It's quite ironic that its repressive dictatorships that are more susceptible to their charm, isn't it? Moral weight needs a fulcrum to lever upon and the reality is that it will also take arm twisting and compromise behind closed doors to see real change.

2 Comments:

  • It's good to see that you are working on your ability to marshall the masses... the actu may have work for you if you are coming home in the next 12 months...

    By Blogger lunch, at 12:20 am  

  • funny, I didn't think there would be work for ANYONE in 12 months!

    By Blogger mister z, at 12:09 pm  

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