Intent to disrupt and undermine the BGG is proven.
Here's a link to the Medip Council Licensing Comittee meetings.... (from schnewz) to give an idea of the kinds of restrictions and tone of council and police 'help' 'offered' to the BGG.
I wrote a piece about the BGG in 2007 that the increased police demands were an attempt (part of a long held strategy - see CAPTIVE STATE by George Monbiot which exposes the history of the corporate takeover of the UK Local Government , against the wishes of the grass roots communities in cities and towns all over the UK) to undermine the viability of Independent Green or Activist and Grass Roots Events.
This strategy is part political, partly business.
Big Corporate Events dominate the festival season more and more. Their business policy is to buy up smaller events and to otherwise make it difficult for small-budget events to operate..by lobbying for more restrictive licensing legislation.... just like any other expanding business... and of course they use their power at local level as much as at national level..
The political policy is driven by the Governments desire to maintain total control over the public discussions on climate change, peace, pharmaceuticals, war, society, liberty and much else, and all this means that as soon as any grass roots event makes national headlines, comes from below the radar... (as we did in 2006 - full two page spreads in the sunday broadsheets, and some front page photo's too! ) that event must be controlled and then the grass roots message must somehow be adopted and adapted to the Governments agenda... the corporate sponsorship usually includes a seat in the board and supporting management positions to allow that control access tot he inner working of the target group.
The two combined undermine human rights and liberty, not to mention scuppering any semblance of true participative democracy. This is how it is done. Understand this.
As to the inner workings of the BGG, until a full reporting of all that has transpired, we will not know enough to make any serious calls. Those concerned may well make some form of public statement, and may well address there concerns in the courts. Support them.
Nonetheless, the question arises : it not the case that the actions undertaken to undermine the BGG (not merely a festival, but a vital and independent hub for the entire UK sustainable living movement) will be viewed by children in the near future as criminal actions, in that the blocking of such sharing of information and skills, irrespective of how it happened, represented a serious negligence and dereliction of duty by all those involved?
And if so, must we, here today, not also view them as such? And if not, then why not?
If it is so, (and I believe I have shown it to be so) then action must be taken, at grass roots levels, to expose the localised and national workings of this oppressive regime and to counter such activity with local empowerment, local forums, local solidarity....all organised and run by local grass roots communities with the express intent of claiming our inherent right to organise our own lives and communities and any infrastructure associated with those. That action will of neccessity be driven by knowledge and NOT by belief nor by ideology.... the 'cosmic' side of life is best kept in the personal realm...
This was a political act and requires a political response.
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