Antjam Chowder, nutter supreme, has decided to lead 500 of the most zealous Islamists in Britain through the streets of Wooton Bassett. Five hundred of Britain's most zealous. That must be all of them plus their extended families. If they marched all the way to Dover and onto a ferry, we'd be clear of terrorists for a day or so, until the Human Rights lawyers brought them all back.
I don't like this march. I don't like the idea of the march and I especially don't like their choice of location. They could march anywhere but they chose Wooton Bassett, the town where the bodies of those killed in the Blair/Brown Wars of Idiocy are brought back. That is inflammatory and was always going to cause trouble, no matter when it happened, but now, Mr. Chowder, you are inviting far more than a bit of skinhead aggro.
Even though I am against this march I would not stop it. I agree with Obo on this - if I'm going to support free speech then I must also support it for views and protests I don't like. Otherwise it's not free speech. Actions are different - I can support the prevention of violence during the march, but not the prevention of the march itself. Others see it differently and will act differently but that's my view. It's those others you need to consider, Mr. Chowder, and they are not the ones you think.
I also would not support government intervention. As Whoops points out, government intervention would lead to more and more intervention, people are already far too accustomed to letting the government do things for them and the government - this one in particular - would be delighted if the public asked them to impose more controls. Don't worry, Mr. Chowder. The government will make noises but they won't stop it. They want this march and what it could ignite.
Sir Hugh Orde also says the march should not be banned because it might inflame tensions to do that. With all due respect, Sir Hugh, you are a bloody idiot. The mere announcement of the march has inflamed tensions. The march has already set the people of Wooton Bassett with pitchforks and torches at the ready. The EDL are gearing up for war. The entire country is poised for carnage and the BNP, although silent so far, must be grinning like Cheshire cats because Nick Griffin is not the knuckledragger he's made out to be. He can see what's coming. But don't concern yourself with the BNP, Mr. Chowder. They will keep out of this. At first.
If you did this last summer, Mr. Chowder, the people of Wooton Bassett would still have been enraged but the rest of the country would have said 'tut-tut, another march. Those naughty people' and watched it on the news while sipping their beer. Now, you see, there is much more than a simple 'is the war legitimate' argument at stake. This won't be a simple clash between your lot and the EDL, with the Union of Fascists weighing in on your side at the last minute. This won't be a one-day scrap you can then use to shout down that mysterious 'right wing' you all like to go on about.
People have been taxed to the hilt for global warming and are still being harangued about it while they are penned into their homes by snow which no council has prepared for - because of 'global warming'. They know their gas and electricity bills will be immense after the winter and they know that it's because this government has not prepared the country for this kind of weather, and because of 'green taxes' to stop us all overheating! They are ready to kill someone for that.
People know that this government used immigration as a control tool. They are sick of being told what to say and who they can and cannot look at. They are sick of reading stories of benefit claimants (immigrant and indigenous) living in seven-bedroom homes for free while they decide whether to use the heater or the cooker.
People are furious about the expenses scandal, the new taxes, the increased fines, the arbitrary laws and the arbitrary application of those laws whereby hardened criminals are ignored in favour of trivial transgressions. People are outraged that their children are to be taught money-management at five, an age when they haven't yet grasped what money is, and about sex when they haven't yet grasped the apparatus involved in that either. It's tax payment month too, Mr. Chowder. We know it's all going to be wasted, we know we can't afford it and we know we'll be forced to pay it at gunpoint anyway.
There has been a fury building in this country for years, a fury with so many causes it has never focused so has never exploded. It's built and built so that you now see people with angry faces and clenched fists in the street. You don't know what they are angry about and neither do they. So many little things, nothing to focus on, no definite spark but the anger is there.
Some think the wars are justified. I, and many others, don't. Some think the smoking ban is a good thing. I, and many others, don't. Some think CRB checks and nudie scanners and minimum alcohol pricing and all those other little divisive rules are good things. I, and many others, don't. Some are furious about gay marriage. I'm not because I'm not gay and therefore not affected. Some are furious about religious restrictions. I'm not because I'm not religious and so unaffected.
Do you see, Mr. Chowder? We've all been angry about different things. There will be no uprising about the smoking ban because smokers are not a cohesive group and some actually go along with it. Likewise, some non-smokers agree with it and some don't. There will be no uprising about minimum alcohol because some agree and some don't and some who don't agree will say they do just so they aren't seen as alkies. CRB checks - again, some agree and some don't, and those who don't are wary of being accused if they object. The controls and divisiveness combine to make us all very, very angry but with nowhere to vent it.
There is one thing, though, one thing we can all vent our anger on and no Righteous can shout us down for it. One thing that unites us all.
The bodies of soldiers killed in war.
Even those of us who strongly object to the war, object even more strongly to having our soldiers die for it. Soldiers, Mr. Chowder. It's not compulsory to be one in this country and it's not easy to join. These are the fittest and the strongest of the children of this country, and some of them died in the service of this country before they were old enough to be served alcohol in a supermarket. Can you imagine, for a moment, how angry that makes us? Add to that the knowledge that they died in wars they should not have been sent to fight. How much more anger can you imagine now? Then hear the reports of soldiers sent into battle with equipment Charlemagne would have laughed at. He would never have deployed archers with six arrows each. How high does your anger scale go? Not high enough. You see that red sky at sunset? It's not the sun reflecting on clouds. What you see there is British fury burning the sky.
Then add all the unfocused anger, now directed and vented on this one issue. It cannot be controlled by politics because it's not political. It cannot be legitimately opposed by the Righteous so they won't shut us down with words. UAF are silent, have you noticed? They cannot side with you, Mr. Chowder, or they will lose all their middle class socialist support in an instant. You, Chowder, are on your own. Facing all the anger of this country for everything they have had to put up with for the last decade.
It is often claimed by radical Islamists that 'there are two million Muslims in this country so watch it or we'll get you'.
There are 58 million non-Muslims in this country, Mr. Chowder, and all of them are very angry indeed. There are also a lot of Muslims who don't want your crazed idea of their religion to take hold. They have been subjected to the same lunacies of this government and they are angry too. Everyone is angry, Mr. Chowder, but they had no target for that anger.
Now they do. You.
If that march goes ahead, the EDL have said they won't show up but will retaliate directly at you, Mr. Chowder. The BNP, as far as I am aware, have said nothing but my guess is they won't show up either. There's no need. The ordinary people of this country will retaliate.
The Brown Gorgon will rub his hands and set off his Enabling Act. I worried about that for a long time, but I feel less worried now.
It's too late, Gorgon. Your Strawman has rubbished the police force, you have routinely trashed the military and the people are too angry to care about acts and laws any more. You, Gorgon, have no allies and you. Chowder, are the spark that can fire the gun.
If that march goes ahead, it won't end at the borders of Wooton Bassett.
Even if it doesn't, boiling point might have been reached already anyway.
If you don't have a steel hat, get one.
Update: Through Letters from a Tory, Obsolete has a great post on the subject. It seems Antjam is taking his lead from the BNP - get yourself hated and people will side with you. I don't think it's quite that simple, Mr. C.