Worth Reading 20: Plenty O’Toole

The whole wide world in just five links

Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere – Newsnight’s Paul Mason looks at some of the reasons for the sudden wave of protests around the world
Novels I will not write: Jesus wants his kidney back – Charles Stross comes up with some wonderful ideas for books that won’t happen: “wouldn’t it be fun to have a vampire yarn revolving around a hapless journalist who is in demand because he pisses holy water?”
We Have Always Been At War With Sir Winston Churchill – Stable and Principled on the latest banging of the drums against the Human Rights Act
It’s my dream job! – Anton Vowl applies for a job at the Daily Mail…but I think my application has a better chance of success
Peter Pomerantsev’s Diary – An inside look at how TV is produced in Russia, and why Western models of reality TV don’t work well there (via)

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The right to protest

Just wanted to clarify something after seeing this article in the Gazette, and especially the headline on the print version which may have given the impression that the Council is somehow planning to restrict the right to protest in Colchester.

I can state quite explicitly that we’re not considering that at all.

What happened was that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition – who’s also Deputy Chairman of the Crime and Disorder Committee – decided that he wanted the Committee to discuss the student protests in the High Street because he didn’t like the disruption they caused. However, after listening to him, the local Chief Superintendent of police and various others (including protesters) the Committee decided that there really wasn’t anything to worry about. The only thing they decided is mention in the report, right at the end:

The committee decided to consult bus companies to see what could be done to limit disruption to their services in the event of another protest.

But I guess that doesn’t make for many dramatic front page headlines.

To reiterate, the parties that currently run Colchester Borough Council wouldn’t do anything to try and restrict people’s fundamental rights like this. Whether the Opposition might try something like that if they were to get into power here is something you’d have to ask them.

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