If you eavesdrop on the British blogosphere and read the comments sections on MSM news stories in the UK, a frequently repeated phrase keeps popping up: “If there is another election”.
What does this have to do with this week’s G20 meeting in London and the mass demonstrations that are expected to accompany it?
There is a widespread sense within the British libertarian underground that the G20 demonstrations are actually being encouraged by the government. The police have announced that they expect huge crowds and violence, and that they are prepared for any kind of trouble. The BBC is pumping up the Leftist demos, making a thousand or so people waving Soviet flags look like an enormous popular uprising. The authorities seem to want trouble.
Given the state of public affairs in Britain today, any theory about what is happening must necessarily verge on paranoia.
But the general idea is this: the government already has the emergency powers laws that will allow it to crack down on the populace. These laws were passed — as so many repressive laws have been — as part of “anti-terrorism” legislation.
So the government needs a violent crisis in order to invoke these laws, thereby possibly avoiding the annoying requirement of holding a general election in 2010.
According to PJC Journal:
Just who is planning the violence in London next week?
When Police Commanders are reported to have said of the over hyped expected violence at the G20 marches that they are ‘up for it’, I seriously begin to wonder whether our prediction that the Government, and the Police, are actually looking to provoke the expected clashes.
An article in the Guardian Friday evening tells us:
Yesterday, the Metropolitan police was understood to have contacted a number of protest groups warning that the main day of protest, Wednesday, 1 April would be “very violent”, and senior commanders have insisted that they are “up for it, and up to it”, should there be any trouble.
Is this what you would call responsible policing?
Andrew Dismore MP, who chairs the joint common human rights, said police language in recent days had been “not very helpful”.
“The police have a duty under the Human Rights Act to facilitate protest and not frustrate it. If they act in a confrontational way and use confrontation language, they will start to provoke the kind of behaviour they are seeking to prevent. There may well be a fringe element that want to incite violence. But that doesn’t mean police should criminalise every protester.”
The Met police has refused to rule out the use of anti-terror legislation, and if the Guardian reports are correct, attempts by various groups to contact Senior Police figures to arrange liaison have gone unanswered and been ignored.
This blog has warned previously that the Government and Police were looking for this fight, and that the full weight of the plethora of legislation available to them will be brought to bear.
I do not believe that any Government enacts legislation unless they have an intention to use it at some stage, and it has always been my view that the intended targets for these laws are the ordinary people of Britain.
Armed with this latest knowledge, I would advise extreme caution and suggest that we heed the previous words of warning from Leg-Iron.
If we don’t riot, Labour are likely to be obliterated in a general election.
If we do riot, there won’t be one.
This Government is looking for a fight. Don’t give it to them.
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This trend needs to be discussed at the highest levels, the very idea that the Government is plotting against its own people is repugnant in the extreme.
Expect to see more than the average of hyped up high profile media coverage of ‘terror alerts’, mass evacuations of airports, railway stations and the like. Ahead of the G20 there will be a show of force, to be seen to be ‘doing something’.
I neither condemn nor condone these marches, I only wish that they remain peaceful, but will support and defend the right to hold them.
UPDATE Sunday March 29th. (borrowed from Snowolf)
Amazing scenes in news rooms up and down the country today as editors wandered around with shell-shocked looks on their faces, as reporters emailed in copy and beamed in TV reports that showed today’s demonstrations in London which spectacularly failed to ‘kick-off’.
Brown must be crapping himself, if it doesn’t kick off during the G20 meeting, or at any point between now and May next year, he’ll have to go the polls, and won’t be able to postpone it with the Civil Contingencies Act.
Somewhere there’s a shabbily dressed, one-eyed Scot with a quivering a***hole. Why can’t the proles be trusted to rise up when provoked? Perhaps it was because the weather was so s****y today.
I’m too far away from the UK to know how much of this is paranoia, and how much is a true picture of the shape of things to come.
Hat tip: Gaia.