This weekend has seen another protest against the draconian cuts that we are all facing from the coalition government. Once again despite the best intentions of the authorities the march failed to peter out, but again exploded into a running battle between the extremist wing of the protesters and the police.
During the second protest I watched transfixed to Sky and BBC 24 hour news, watching events unfold, buildings attacked, pop star children swinging on memorials and police snatch squads marauding and grabbing. This weekend, I flicked occasionally. Can it be so quickly with so many events around the world being brought to my living room (and sometimes bed) that I am very quickly anaesthetised to repeated events? Has the Libyan war and the Japan natural disaster taken over from our very own troubles? It is difficult to know.
What I do know is that the message that the march was trying to communicate is in danger of failing to be heard. A peaceful and some say joyous march seemed to be effective to deliver the message to the people of the country and the media had a story, but "the hangers on", those that are looking to change our society, have different ideas. The cuts are not an issue for them, the cuts are a "god send" they provide the cover and the vehicle with which to communicate their message "ANARCHY IN THE UK". The unfairness and divisiveness of the policies of the ConDems are subjugated to the coverage of kettles and anger and hate and madness on our streets at night.
What is the answer? I don't know! Do we ban marches? Take away our democratic rights to protest? To be honest this is slowly being done anyway, as there are more and more restrictions on our right to protest. Do we increase Police powers, which may only go to fuel further the aggression of the crowd - the police are no innocents in this?
I don't know the answer, I do know that there is an injustice being done in this country, where the poor are being attacked and the rich are being nurtured and the message is being muted.
I don't know the answer, but I do know that the message needs to be heard !!!!