12 January 2006
To Parliament Square to look at Brian Haw's protest. This is the bloke who has lived rough outside Parliament since 2001 in protest at the regime's attitude towards Iraq. Once the war against that country began, Brian became a focus for popular discontent, so much so that the government introduced a special law with the intention of getting rid of him. Alas they ballsed up the drafting and he is still there.
Of course, Sod's Law dictated that he wasn't around when I got there - he was off at Bow Street Magistrates' Court, giving support to some demonstrators who were being prosecuted, but I spoke to three of his supporters who were looking after the site.
I asked them why opposition to the war was not as vocal as the opposition to the war against Vietnam had been. The reply was basically that people today are tied up with work in a way that was not the case thirty years ago. On that sad and depressing note I left them, but promised to return next week with my camera.
I am not in London at the moment, so updating this blog is going to be difficuelt for the remainder of this week. I hope to have something new next week, when I am back in London.