Saturday, November 04, 2006

I Count



Bike, boots and camera to the ready, I'm off to join I Count down at Trafalgar Square today. Hope to see you there....

5 comments:

Spirit of 1976 said...

How did it go? Give us gossip!

I was amused by this news report.

Some 22,500 people attended the rally, said the police while organisers said 25,000. There were no arrests.

The organisers' estimate was only a couple of thousand above the police estimate?

Pfft! My experience of being on protest marches is that when you tell the press how many people you think there were, you're supposed to take the police estimate and then double it (or triple it, if the march is organised by the Socialist Workers Party). Amateurs. :p

The Lazy Environmentalist said...

Was sorely tempted to take your advice and round up numbers, but the cat's out the bag now...And is it now a sign of a good rally when there are no arrests? Not quite the spirit of the riots of 1968 - yet!

Spirit of 1976 said...

Hmmm, I said...

My experience of being on protest marches is that when you tell the press how many people you think there were, you're supposed to take the police estimate and then double it (or triple it, if the march is organised by the Socialist Workers Party)

I just browsed through the website of the Respect Coalition (which is pretty much a franchise of the Socialist Workers Party) and they said:

Councillor Rania Khan, RESPECT Councillor in Tower Hamlets spoke at the 60,000-strong Climate Change protest and march on Saturday 4 November 2006. The march assembled outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, and finished in Trafalgar Square.

Wha....? I was JOKING when I said the SWP would triple the numbers!!!!!!!

The Lazy Environmentalist said...

Spooky. Is this a transferrable skill? Can you do horse racing tips/political outcomes too? You could be the Lazy E tipster.

Spirit of 1976 said...

Do not mock my e-betting skillz. I won £120 for a £10 stake on the Eurovision Song Contest.

This is because I thought "Hmmm, Lordi, those crazy death metallers, are the band that everyone's talking about, but nobody's betting to win. 12 to 1 odds? Maybe I should put a tenner down."

And they romped home, winning with the strongest margin in the history of the Eurovision. I should have put more money down, really.