Duppy Conqueror | 11.02.2003 14:22
Downing Street, like the corrupt junta that it is, wants to use fear (a) to keep numbers down on Saturday, and (b) more generally to manufacture consent.
The appearance of tanks betrays the whole theatricality of the affair. Any terrorist threat would be dealt with efficiently with a few discretely concealed bodies of well-trained armed men. The very public nature of this mobilization is obvious overkill, which is aimed to introduce fear and identification in the nation. This is the state taking off its shirt and showing off its muscles. They want to upset us, not to reassure us. It is part of a psy-op, and it will be interesting to see what the next move of their game will be.
But in its typical cack-handed way, I think Downing Street may have gotten the game wrong. For a British public that increasingly feels that Downing Street is under the control of people who do not represent its wishes, there is a sleazy authoritarian feel to this. Almost as if there had been a coup d'etat, which in the sense that real democracy has been shortcircuited by the British constitution is virtually true. What it looks like is that our quisling Prime Minister has turned his troops out into the streets.
It is part of a psy-op, and it will be interesting to see what the next move of their game will be.