The G8 protesters – who funds them?

TV news is gripping today with anarchists and anti-capitalists running around London’s streets and illegally occupying buildings. We will long remember police officers risking their own lives to prevent a young anarchist from throwing himself off the roof of a building in which he had presumaby been illegaly squatting? Quite why he was so angry with  policemen who saved his life and why the crowds down below were so wound up to see this chap bleeding from what was almost certainly self-inflicted damage is beyond me.

Jamie Kelsey-Fry

Jamie Kelsey-Fry

However, my real interest lies in a different direction.  Another G8 protester gained prime time media coverage.  His name was Jamie Kelsey-Fry and he features on Twitter where he describes himself as ” Contributing Editor New Internationalist, Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit author, often on BBC Radio London or BBC Radio 2 talking news.”  Here he was on a Tuesday afternoon, parading around London’s streets and giving media interviews.  I think we are all entitled to know if our taxes have been used to keep him on benefits while he carries out his anarchist campaigning or by funding some publicly-funded, left-wing front organisation that provides him with employment?  If not, I will give three cheers or, more likely, two cheers but if we are paying for his political activities, I think we are entitled to know.

Thinking through the havoc these G8 activists are causing in Central London,  I am very grateful that our security services can share US monitoring of e-communications to identify violent trouble-makers and anarchists.  It makes me feel a lot safer.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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3 Responses to The G8 protesters – who funds them?

  1. vvitbxbx says:

    “almost certainly self-inflicted damage”

    Proof, or just a bad guess?

    You haven’t heard of the New Internationalist before? It looks at global inequality, so the G8’s effectiveness or ineffectiveness is fair game, right?

    Also, the Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit is a really great book! It’s about giving people the courage to have a voice in the world, and has case studies about effective and necessary protests of the past, and fair, effective actions people can take as citizens to be heard.

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