Olympic missiles protest – 55 people and five policemen
Spotted in Charlton Park on Saturday afternoon – the protest march against the siting of missiles on Blackheath and Oxleas Meadows for the Olympics. It was good news for local police, as the Met decided five coppers were needed for the 55 people wandering from Shooters Hill to Blackheath.
So, not much more than the dismal turn-out for the NOGOE demonstration against the equestrian test events last July. I’m probably going to alienate any remaining readers with this point of view, but hey, here goes – it seems to me that the protest strikes that sweet spot between the obstinate NIMBYism of NOGOE and a certain political viewpoint that doesn’t want the Olympics because it involves awkward short-term compromises to corporate interests for what’ll hopefully be a longer-term gain.
But of all the things to moan about during the Olympics – chiefly, the transport reductions that’ll make it harder for local people to earn a crust during the Games – getting grumpy about small arms being used as a deterrent during a sensitive time seems to me to be unforgivably self-indulgent. Of course, you may disagree, and the communication with the public has been lamentable, but a few mini-rockets around the place will be the least of our worries in nine weeks’ time.