Ukip MP Douglas Carswell Threatened by Protesters in London

I don’t know, but I doubt you happened to catch this story from The Guardian yesterday. It tends to remind us that not all opposition is as civil as it should be, and Britain does have its share of nutters.

The Ukip MP, Douglas Carswell, has been escorted away in a police van after he was surrounded by anti-austerity protesters in central London.

Carswell later tweeted that he had been waiting for a bus when he was attacked by a crowd, describing it as “very very nasty”.

The MP said he had been engaged in peaceful discussions with a small group before being confronted by far larger numbers shouting insults such as “Ukip scum”.

It got extremely, extremely nasty. Their intentions were pretty murderous and I needed a lot of police officers to prevent them from attacking me,” he said, after being taken by officers to another stop to get his bus.

I was stunned. I think MPs should be able to go about their business. It was incredibly intimidating. It was like a lynch mob on the streets of London. I thought this was a country where we had democracy and discussed the issues. 

It just got incredibly ugly. It was an attempted lynching. I am in a state of shock. I do not want to have to worry about going about my business.”

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell surrounded by anti-austerity protesters in London |

Politics | The Guardian.

First, and perhaps least important, how refreshing is it to think of an MP taking a bus? Seen any Congresscritters (or even their junior staffers) doing that lately? Yeah, me either/ Maybe they’d be a bit more in touch with us ordinary mortals if the got out of their limos, and took the bus (or the subway).

But the second and the main point is that in a democratic system there simply isn’t any room for intimidation, and the threat of violence. The left, which the anti-austerity demonstrators represent, lost the election in the UK, to honorable convictions and I think good sense. It’s up to them to come back with a better campaign.

Frankly it’s not all that many years ago that this type of outburst could read to the reading of the Riot Act and use of armed troops to disperse the demonstration. One hesitates to say it was a valid reaction then, so often it got out of hand but one can easily understand how it happened.

In a strange way, we’re seeing the reverse side of the coin in Baltimore, where the police have found so little support from their leadership (and the prosecutor) that they have become afraid to enforce the law, and so society has in great measure, simply collapsed.

Our civilization walks, and always has, a fine line between tyranny of the right and of the left, and if we succumb to either it can be very difficult to return, especially without the good will of all sides, and that seems in increasingly short supply.

 

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17 Responses to Ukip MP Douglas Carswell Threatened by Protesters in London

  1. The balance between the “tyranny of the right and of the left” was the desire of the American Constitution, yes? Here was the best of Thomas Jefferson’s desire!

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    • NEO says:

      That was indeed my point!

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  2. the unit says:

    My goodness! The guy needs to take a new selfie. Of course they surrounded him. They thought Carlos Danger had invaded UK. They probably wanted to know where Huma was, just in case Hillary was lurking there somewhere. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Well they are lining up here for the competition too. Likely will be the same.

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  4. the unit says:

    I need help. I think it’s on thread cause politicians involved. It involves numbers concerning my chain saw. Old Poulan 40:1, new Echo 50:1. Need 2.6 oz oil per gallon, but I just trim a bit now and then these days. So want to oil half a quart fruit jar at a time. 2.6 oz is 77 milliliters of oil divided by eight half quarts per gallon or 77 divided by eight. That be 9.625 ml per half quart. So I measure in 11 to be sure.
    Ok if economy in first quarter GNP at .02 % and adjusted down to a collapse of .07 %. So was the .02 growth above 0 and is the .07 below 0, negative. Or is it .07% below the .02 % growth and still above 0? I can’t afford to burn up a new chain saw now, got to know how this works. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Let’s see 2.6/3 gives us 0.65 oz per quart and so 0.325 oz per half quart. That gives us 9.61 ml, in other words, damned little. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Gotta keep my comment on threatened pols. Hmmmm….
        As for little oil. I guess they shooting for the old Brylcreem slogan…”just a little dab’ll do ya.”
        Tell that to Clinton Foundation, eh?
        Anyway I got two not so old Poulans locked up, So going to add another little dab and maybe have plug foul sometimes.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, my actual answer was, ‘Not very much”. Even when I was running a saw 7+ hours a day, I bought my oil in the pre measured containers that made a gallon/ I’ve also clogged the exhaust port a time or two but that was in the bad old days when I was running one all day 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          While clicking to see who liked (as if I didn’t know), I must have clicked meself. Dang I’m starting to talk British, meself huh? (Just kidding, only my doctor’s nurse has British accent) Oh well, Hillary starting on that down south accent again.
          And I was thinking after previous comment Clinton Foundation…’just a little dab’ll do ya’ for charity money OUT! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I spend enough time around it that I’ve picked up some Britishisms myself. Oh goodness, I should have done with the whingeing, I reckon! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Thanks, I wouldn’t have known to just add ing to whinge to make it lingering. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  5. the unit says:

    I don’t know why bees are having such a hard time. Old friend told me years ago they will eat through even concrete to get where they want to build a hive. I think it’s so, i.e. our chimmney. We have had bees in the house now several years about this time of year, non stingers, they done done their duty to the queen. Now expunged from the hive. But they sent into home instead of out to contribute to climate change.
    I viewed some youtubes about getting them gone. Well, they don’t really bother me. So before destroying my chimney I guess I’ll wait them out (I read that besides pot belled stoves…fire places will soon be outlawed as well, bees will abide by the law and go away). Two years ago I cut a piece of plywood to block my chimney down inside house and caulked it, put mortar mix in all roof top bricks. No problem for a while saw no swarm above chimney, but now they back… must have kept eating away…liberals protesting I guess. 🙂
    First… gonna recaulk plywood board with less tasty caulking.

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    • NEO says:

      yeah, dad had trouble with squirrels on occasion as well. finally made a steel frame and filled the sides with hail screen, which had to be replaced every few years but worked well, and still allowed the fireplace to be used. Always a problem when not in constant use, I expect.

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      • the unit says:

        Yes we had a rat in the attic problem when we had chicken yard too close to house. Another friend, dang I’ve had so many :), told me they were coming over from the power lines. But he didn’t know where the hole waz, and there waz one I finally found by finding rat pittlings everywhere nearby.
        We had the dead rat in the attic for three months before I got serious about it. I though I was in D.C. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Squirrels run about on power lines a lot. We used to get trouble call, lights are off-go out and find fried squirrel under the transformer. One thing though, they never did it twice 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Ah…and you cannot better explain “term limits.” 🙂

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