All the portests in the Big Apple against Bush and his followers seem to be getting lots of coverage, despite being mostly peaceful and despite the 584 arrests so far largely appearing to be either for technical breaches of the law or for no violation at all.
But we seem to be forgetting the other protests going on slightly closer to home. It seems a bit odd that I find out about protests in Greece, a mere couple of thousand miles away, from a Japanese newspaper, but still…
As a Londoner utterly opposed to this city’s massively ill-conceived bid for the 2012 Olympics (which will see us Londoners paying higher taxes to pay for an event we don’t want), I find the fact that our dear Athenian cousins are a tad pissed off about the post-Olympics situation heartening.
But will the fact that the initial budget of 4.6 billion euros has risen by a further 2-6 billion deter the masterminds behind the London Olympic bid? Will the singularly underwhelmed response of the British public to our returning so-called Olympic heroes tell them that we just don’t care about grown men and women running round in circles?
It’s about time we had another protest over here. As we’re entirely in the hands of the American electorate when it comes to politics in this country, and as the last major political protest we had achieved precisely tit all, we should focus our efforts on something we may have a chance of affecting. The Daily Mail should get in on this one: Stop this Olympics madness!