Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Petition against kettling

Readers of Next Left may be interested in signing an e-petition on the Downing Street website calling for a ban on police kettling of peaceful demonstrations like (many of us have argued) the Climate Camp at Bishopsgate on April 1:


Silent Hunter said...

And readers might also be interested in knowing that when you log onto the Downing Street website - ALL your details are logged into their database.

Easy way to find out who the 'non Labour friendly' people are.

Still want to log on to Downing Street?

Stuart White said...

SilentHunter: I don't much like the data-gathering, either. But I suspect the government already has ways of finding out what my email address is and where I work, so I don't feel as if I'm giving them something they haven't already got.

The point is that if we get enough signatures on a petition like this then we will be in a stronger position to demand that something be done about it.

The difference between us, I suppose, is that I still think there is potential for constructive pressure and change within 'the system', as it were, while you don't. I understand where you're coming from. But my assessment of just where we are, and what our options are, is, at this point in time, different.

Silent Hunter said...

Hi Stuart,

I appreciate your point and I don't think I am necessarily right, but I am now deeply cynical of anything remotely connected with an abjectly corrupt Labour Government.

I agree that it is a good thing to stand up and be counted for ones beliefs and although we possibly have a different view on this particular issue - your coherent argument has made me think twice about my opposition to your call.

Perhaps you're right after all.

Keep well Stuart and good luck with it. :o)

Calix said...

I signed the petition, but if I had noticed the named Silent Hunter in the list it would have scared me off. Good job it wasn't there.

However, Silent Hunter seems to be quite friendly and reasonable from his above comments. Never judge a book by its cover say I.

I think I am out of date in simply using my name for blogs...perhaps I could be THE BEAST OF SYDENHAM (see local South London news stories four years ago - it really existed and it was never found).

Silent Hunter said...

Gosh Thanks Calix.

Awfully good of you not to judge me by my cover. :o)

BTW Since you've signed the petition - I know where you live now! Mwahahahahahahahahahaha! ;o)

Relax - I'm kidding.
Or am I ?