Stupid cults

Once again the Mail tries to keep pace with this blog by running another Leila Deen story.

Once again the Mail and its readers seem to embrace the type of person they’d normally run a fucking mile from – especially if Ms Deen parked her middle-class arse in front of any plane that was due to take them on their holiday.

However, the paper that normally leaves the typos up to the Grauniad has made a major cock up by describing Ms Deen as  ‘a cult hero’…

And who’s this Liz Jones hack?

And why does she think that throwing green custard at Mandelson is clever?

Does she want to be ‘a cult hero’ too?

So many questions…so many cunts…

Vote for Leila Deen!

OK…here’s a thought…

Leila Deen has very kindly on all our behalves declared that democracy does not work.

It’s official – the career activist has said so.

Thank God that ‘plucky young girl’ has ridden to our rescue!

Whatever would we all have done without her custard throwing skills?

Now, unfortunately we can’t remove all the MPs and replace them with green activists such as Ms Deen, as much as that prospect appeals (the custard fights at PM question time would be a real highlight of the new green parliament along with the pillow fights during all night sittings and bitch slappings in the lobbies) but we could have a Plane Stupid MP.

Presumably, Heathrow is not some political Bermuda Triangle so it must lie within the boundary of some parliamentary constituency.

Why doesn’t Plane Stupid field a candidate there in the next General Election?

After all, if someone can stand for the Monster Raving Loony Party why not a Plane Stupid candidate?

It seems like a no-contest to me.

They’re right and everyone else is wrong so they must win the seat, surely?

If Ms Deen is so confident of her cause, why doesn’t she stand?

Well, there’s an easy answer to that…

Because she’d fucking lose.

That’s why she doesn’t think democracy works, because she wouldn’t stand a chance operating democratically in one.

Plane Stupid?

No.

Just Plane Useless.

The Mail and Leila Deen

The Mail’s reporting of the Leila Deen/Peter Madelson custard incident is amazing.

They seem to have taken the plane stupid bitch under their wing (geddit?) in their rush to report Mandelson’s embarrassment – nice photos of the career activist with a flask of green custard and lots of snappy quotes.

However, they’ve shot themselves in the foot rather because although they state she’s been involved in direct action they don’t seem to have twigged that she’s been up to these little tricks for several years now as a professional activist.

In fact, she’s just the sort of person they normally love to hate.

The Mail was even suckered in to describing her as a ‘charity worker’, which is just bollocks.

Inevitable I suppose, given the level of background research the average Mail hack seems to aspire to.

Of course, the comments from readers are the usual mix of middle class mutual masturbation spiced up with some real viciousness.

Here’s a good one that’s only just this side of literate – of course, as it was Mandelson the normally law-abiding Mail reader is quite entitled to become a little more frisky and extrovert:

Shame is was only custard!!! That lying corrupt coward need’s far worse thrown over him.

– K. Walsh-Johnson, Cheshire, UK,

Liar?

Maybe.

Corrupt?

Perhaps.

Coward?

Why is he a coward?

I don’t know about you, but I’d be scared shitless if someone threw an unknown substance over me.

However, perhaps K Walsh-Johnson of Cheshire is made of sterner stuff than myself or Peter Mandelson even though he or she can’t write for shit…

Then there’s the appeal such a story has to the more mature Mail reader:

All that green gung, he he
It was like a scene off Tiswas. What a shot…Chris Tarrant and Sally James would have been proud of her.

– Alan, Warrington.,

What the fuck is ‘gung’?

But comments such as this didn’t go down well with the normally law-abiding Mail readers:

Pathetic protest from this childish group of posh hypocrites. Sympathies to Mandy and I hope he presses charges.

Fucking hypocrites.

Leila Deen, fuck off

I’d just like to put a couple of facts straight and scatter a few more opinions about with regard to our new national heroine, Leila ‘democracy has failed us but never fear because I’m here to tell you all what to think now’ Deen.

First of all, she’s not some ‘young girl’ as one idiotic blogger called her, she’s twenty-fucking-nine.

(The same idiotic blogger also called her ‘plucky’ – that’s not plucky, that’s just downright fucking nasty.)

Secondly, she’s not just an individual acting alone, she’s a career activist involved with the World Development Movement and Plane Stupid.

Mandelson was not ‘surprised’ at the green custard attack, I’m guessing, but scared absolutely shitless.

Before anyone comments that he deserved it then I suggest you put yourself in his place, as an ex Northern Ireland Secretary.

It could have been paint remover for all he knew and if you think that’s acceptable, either in reality or suggested as some sort of stunt then, frankly, fuck you and the palsied agitprop nag you crawled in on.

I’m just sorry it wasn’t John Prescott she attacked.

Maybe he’d have hung one on her.

A couple even.

On balance, I think I will continue to take my chance with democracy which seems to offer a more peaceful approach (apart from kicking a few deserving arses!) to solving the world’s problems and totally reject direct action which seems to be instituted by arseholes who are convinced that only they are right and so fuck the rest of us.

MYOFB

One snippet of news that appeared after the Plane Stupid protest at Stansted is that the boss of Lush – a chain of shops selling ethically sourced soaps, shampoos and bath stuff – donates some of his chain’s profits and some of his own income to the direct action organisation.

That doesn’t bother me – and if I did buy any Lush products, which I don’t, it wouldn’t stop me from continuing to do so.

However, what does bother me is what he says about the recent action:

Mr Constantine said it was unfortunate that people were disrupted, and that he would not condone illegal activity.

“However, something needs to be done about climate change,” he said.

He added that as Plane Stupid “are trying to look after us, someone has to look after them”.

I don’t recall ever being asked if I needed looking after in the first place.

Do we really need any more people looking after us?

We already have an interfering, snooping, patronising nanny state and it would be great  if other people could keep their fucking noses out of people’s business until invited.

It would have been too easy to call this entry ‘Plain Stupid’ so I won’t

Time for another confession.

I’m not incredibly taken with the climate change lobby.

It strikes me that it’s just too simplistic to attribute the changing climate to one factor – carbon emissions – when the weather itself is such a complex system. It doesn’t make sense to me on a scientific level.

What I do agree with, however, is that we shouldn’t waste this planet’s limited resources, so I guess that the campaigners and I are probably going to achieve the same ends in the long run.

Which brings me to this.

The climate action group Plane Stupid organised a protest at Stansted today – forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled and thousands of passengers consequently stranded at the airport.

Several thoughts and questions occur to me…

What chronic lack of security allowed nearly 60 protesters into a secure area along with concrete blocks and their own security fencing?

Isn’t it irresponsible to ‘test’ security in this way post 9/11?

Why did it take 5 hours to clear the runway and then arrest 57 people?

Why does Plane Stupid think that by inconveniencing people and disrupting their travel plans that those same people are going to support their cause?

Surely you need Joe Public on your side if you’re going to bring about any change in the government’s policies or the airports’ and airlines’ operating procedures?

Why alienate those you really need on your side?

Is the British public ever likely to respond to such ‘direct action’ methods?

To be honest, I don’t think they’ve ever been or ever will be the cause of any sympathetic resonance within the national psyche, added to which our political system doesn’t have a fast response time when it comes to public pressure. The gears of government rotate and engage very slowly.

To put it bluntly, all I think that Plane Stupid have done is to piss off a bunch of ordinary people that just wanted to get on with their journeys and didn’t get the message at all.

Perhaps their cause is a good one – it’s certainly one which a great many people share – but their methods really stink.

I suppose that what really irritates me – not being affected by the protest –  is crap like this from one of the protesters:

“We’re afraid of what the police might do to us, we’re afraid of going to jail but nothing scares us as much as the threat of runaway climate change.”

Afraid of the police FFS?

This isn’t China, Zimbabwe or Burma!

They’re not going to be beaten up or have electrodes attached to their genitalia and then after a show trial get lashed to a stake in front of a firing squad.

No, it’ll be a court appearance – maybe – and if so, maybe a small fine or some community service. Odds are that they’ll just be cautioned with maybe one or two people facing a criminal damage charge. Talk about self-delusion…

The fact that they can protest without any harsh penalty says more about the continued tolerance of our society than it does about their own.

Meanwhile Plane Stupid has apologised to passengers for the disruption.

Oh, that’s OK then…

Lest it be said that I’m just ranting and not putting forward any constructive ideas, how about this?

One medium haul flight alone emits about 700 tons of CO2, so how about stopping the empty and half empty flights that the major airlines have to schedule so that their slots stay open at the airports?

Legislate against this and then leave Aunty Aggie to fly to visit her daughter in Dublin in peace.

There, sorted.