Tea Party Etiquette
A small group of disarmament activists travelled from Brighton to hold a Tea Party at the Faslane Nuclear Base in Scotland. An invitation was sent out to local residents around the base who have been disturbed by the recent string of road blockades which have been part of the Faslane365 campaign*. The Invitation read "We would like to cordially invite you to a Tea Party full of sophistication, poise and wisdom. We hope to talk with you and test the old english conviction that any problem can be sorted out with a nice cup of tea".
The Tea Party was set up on the pavement outside the base and a table displayed an elegant array of vegan scones, cucumber sandwiches and cakes. Fifty guests arrived from Glasgow, Helensburgh and all over Britain. Bemused passers by witnessed permanent residents of the Faslane Peace Camp** dressed in their finest gloves and hats, sipping tea from china cups and saucers. Old gowns were worn and live guitar music entertained. The tea party hosts said "We wanted to counter the barbarity of nuclear weapons and show these uncivilased weapons of mass destruction the proper way to behave".
Peace activists and local residents alike, looked on with laughter as twenty six police officers arrived to 'police' the event. They formed a line across the gates to the base, creating their own blockade of the previously unobstructed entrance. After hungrily watching cakes being eaten, they made the rule that no one could cross the road. The guests continued to ignore them and after three hours stood in a line they left.
Fun was had by all.
* Faslane365 is the campaign to continuously blockade the Faslane Nuclear Base for a year. www.faslane365.org
** Faslane Peace Camp has been located outside the Scotish Nuclear Base for coming up to twenty five years. It has been witnessing and campaigning for peace, making it the longest standing protest site in the UK.