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49 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

He's complaining about the attack of the right to protest, so anywhere would be suitable.  But Parliament Square in London is a traditional place for protest, something increasingly under attack in recent years.

And of course arresting someone for holding up a blank piece of paper is exactly the sort of behaviour we've seen in Moscow recently.  No doubt there were people there telling it wasn't the time or place for it because of there being a war on.

That's exactly what I've been saying. As soon as the royal family are involved, otherwise rational, liberal thinking people turn into draconian maniacs. All logic goes out the window.

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Now was precisely the right time. Same with the lad here who shouted at Andrew. If you think he’s at fault and not the guy who made serious allegations of sexual misconduct go away with 12 million pounds of taxpayer money, then you’re part of the problem. 

Also, to detain someone over a blank piece of paper or arrest someone for holding eggs (as happened elsewhere) is going too far. Sadly, police are all too eager to be seen as loyal servants in these situations. 

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The police seem to follow the prevailing narrative at the moment, regarding arresting people for, essentially,what they think.

With regards to the head of state, I think I would prefer a symbolic one, like the queen, rather then a political one, who will want to wield power. The liberty index shows that the majority of the top 15 'free' countries are monarchies. We are not in the place where we abolish the royal family and get Billy Bragg as head of state, it'll be a power grab. However, the monarchy needs to be radically trimmed and to start to be seen to be doing the right thing, like paying inheritance tax, for example. And a public defenestration of Andrew would be great.

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16 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

Now was precisely the right time. Same with the lad here who shouted at Andrew. If you think he’s at fault and not the guy who made serious allegations of sexual misconduct go away with 12 million pounds of taxpayer money, then you’re part of the problem. 

Also, to detain someone over a blank piece of paper or arrest someone for holding eggs (as happened elsewhere) is going too far. Sadly, police are all too eager to be seen as loyal servants in these situations. 

You just don't get it do you Frank.

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6 hours ago, Amadeus said:

Now was precisely the right time. Same with the lad here who shouted at Andrew. If you think he’s at fault and not the guy who made serious allegations of sexual misconduct go away with 12 million pounds of taxpayer money, then you’re part of the problem. 

Also, to detain someone over a blank piece of paper or arrest someone for holding eggs (as happened elsewhere) is going too far. Sadly, police are all too eager to be seen as loyal servants in these situations. 

Was it taxpayer's money? 

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On 9/10/2022 at 8:38 AM, Newsdesk said:

All I can say is well said Mike Wilson. If he wants to avoid his constituents then he should do it in his own time not time we’re paying him for. That said no doubt if the covid statistics start going back up he won’t be able to help himself bleating about it. Tosser.
 

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Another one engaging mouth before brain. Pillock.

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9 hours ago, wrighty said:

Not sure he should be arrested for it, but he’s definitely a dick. Absolutely agree now is not the time. Wait a week or so if that’s what you want to do. 

if he did it in a weeks time would so many people be talking about it ?   he got his reaction as intended courtesy of the state,  if he did it in a week we'd probably be hearing how he left it too late ,  either way whenever he did it people would be claiming the timing was wrong to piss on his parade.

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10 minutes ago, WTF said:

if he did it in a weeks time would so many people be talking about it ?   he got his reaction as intended courtesy of the state,  if he did it in a week we'd probably be hearing how he left it too late ,  either way whenever he did it people would be claiming the timing was wrong to piss on his parade.

I suppose, with a couple of the protesters being arrested, removed, and then de-arrested, the police could say they are doing it to prevent trouble and to protect the safety of the actual protester.

Anyway, I've got radio 4 on, they're at the emmy's. Puts the ridiculousness and immaturity of the whole royal family shebang in context, with a generous topping of conceit on top.

It seems to be human nature, certainly within the direction we are currently travelling, that when we do away with religion, royalty etc, we replace them with something more vacuous - money, celebrity culture. 

 

I fear we may well be heading towards a time where demagogues will become more prevalent. I'd keep the head of state symbolic

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8 hours ago, wrighty said:

Not sure he should be arrested for it, but he’s definitely a dick. Absolutely agree now is not the time. Wait a week or so if that’s what you want to do. 

The accession of a new monarch is not the time to protest the concept of monarchy?

That said the "protests" have been random individuals shouting random stuff at a funeral cortege. They are doing that stood amongst the most extreme monarchists who are in an volatile emotional state - you can see why the coppers might want to manage that situation.

(Oh and the copper in the blank piece of paper incident was clearly just bullshitting a gobshite like happens in every town in the country every Friday and Saturday night).

If there was a coherent organised anti-monarchy protest called the police would facilitate  it in a way that would avoid conflict with the monarchists. But there isn't. 

Personally, I'm heartily sick of all the mourners parroting the same tributes to the Queen in TV vox pops, all the meaningless pagantry, the tartan and other ridiculous costumes, the hushed reverential  tones on TV, the people who are very angry at Prince Harry and his wife about something and weird angry irrelevant post from armchair once-a-jubilee republicans. They're queuing overnight to gawp at her coffin - let her rest in peace.

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