December 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm 1 comment

We live in interesting times. 

I was outside Halifax Boots yesterday, helping to give out leaflets drawing attention to their slippery tax practices (see yesterday’s posting and Guardian for more details). A policeman turned up but didn’t interfere, and two Security Guards emerged from Boots. One of these was quite unpleasant, accosting passers-by with a bin for our leaflets (most people declined, I’m glad to say) but it was all going well.

Then one of our number, a local teacher, went into Boots. Seconds later he was dragged out again by the Security Guards, as roughly as you’ll see in any night club. There was a melee of limbs and dayglo jackets, and I had a clear view of my colleague being pinned to the ground with the security guard on top of him. It was all over in moments, and happily no-one was hurt, but the whole incident was shocking in every way.

My own role in this was one suitable to a small middle-aged woman: I stood ten feet away taking photos on my mobile (blurred shots of anoraks) and exhorting others to do likewise. Our guy is pressing charges and I’ve offered to be a witness.

I told this tale to a friend last night as we scoffed mulled wine and mince pies. His laconic response? “You can tell the Tories are back in, can’t you?”

Last word to the oh so prescient George Orwell: “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Boot stamping on a human face – forever”.


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  • 1. Roisin Sweeny  |  December 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Good post sis


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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