Porkie Pie | 11.03.2010 15:30 | South Coast
Democracy? What a joke!
NOW we have finally pulled clear of the worst winter for nearly half a century, what delights lie ahead of us this Spring?
Well, on the one hand Worthing council looks all set to give the go-ahead to the massive West Durrington development which will destroy ancient Titnore Woods - once the bailiffs have violently evicted the plucky eco-protesters still mounting guard in the trees. On the other hand those very same politicians will be urging the people of this town to vote for their party and will try to pretend that they care about the environment and the welfare of ordinary local people.
Both of these are, of course, monumental and shameless lies. Just to rewind to Titnore Woods for a moment, observant readers may recall that in our last issue we were talking about a decision to be taken on January 28.
So what happened? Well, the council moved the date back. This was ostensibly to give objectors more time to wade through the masses of detail with which the corporate applicants hoped to kill off any attempt to scrutinise their hideous profiteering plan.
But then, amidst much muttering about ‘security concerns’, the town hall bigwigs announced that instead of the original evening meeting, the Titnore decision would now be taken on a Monday afternoon. In other words, they don’t want too many Worthing residents, most of whom sadly have to work to earn a crust, turning up and voicing their disgust at the nauseating sight of their supposed representatives ignoring the clear will of the borough’s population and allowing property speculators to destroy a precious piece of our landscape.
Having said that, there will still be a protest outside the Assembly Hall in Stoke Abbott Road, at 1.30pm on Monday March 15, before the planning meeting starts at 2pm. So get down there if you can, but don’t expect the Great British Commitment to Democracy to extend to allowing you to express an opinion.
Look at what happened to the Titnore protesters who had the temerity to unfurl a banner at the official opening of the new Tesco mega-ugly store at Durrington on February 25.
The Argus (February 26) described scenes worthy of China or the old USSR, as they were “tackled to the ground by officers” having been told that they were “trespassing” by standing outside the supermarket.
We look forward to more glorious democracy in the next few months as we are asked to decide which political party should take over the fine work of allowing us all to be ripped off by bankers, forcing us to work until we drop dead to pay off the same bankers’ debts which our rulers have kindly agreed to sort out on our behalf, and, of course, passing new laws to stop us doing anything about this rather depressing state of affairs.
They don’t even care that most people have twigged that all the politicians from all the parties are all exactly the same.
They will just keep on acting out their general election charade and keep up the pretence that the public have some kind of say in the fundamental way their corrupt, hypocritical, scam of a system is run. Pah! You won’t catch us in the polling stations!
As a sage once remarked - if voting changed anything they would have banned it by now!
* For more info on Titnore see www.protect ourwoodland.co.uk or www.titnore.word press.com.
* For more info on an anti-election campaign in Worthing go to www.worthinganarchists. blogspot.com