Monday, March 14, 2005


Indy Scoop: Dr Henry Kissinger arrested

Shocker scoop: Dr Kissinger arrested at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Err... Not exactly.

The Gleneagles Hotel will be the venue in July for the meeting of the G8. What was our activist hero doing there? Whaddya think...
I had a look through the brochures I got from reception, decided I had seen what I wanted and tried to walk out of the hotel. On my way out I was stopped by Hotel Security. They led me to a large room – I think a ballroom perhaps – to my surprise and disquiet I found two police waiting for me – 1 male, 1 female. They searched me and my bag (a briefcase) and asked what I was doing. They found my G8 alternative leaflets and March 19th demo leaflets in my bag. The Hotel security guy was most displeased and said, “What were you going to do with these sir?” I mumbled something about being interested in peace but they didn’t seem too happy with that reply. He wasn’t pleased with the leaflets I had in my bag or with the Socialist Worker, Socialist Review and `Voice` I also had. He noted I had a copy of the Financial Times in my hand along with two Hotel brochures. He told the police that “He got the Financial Times here.” and I asked if I might keep it. He said I could “keep it with the Hotel’s compliments”. I said he could have the Voice with the compliments of the Scottish Socialist Party but he just glared at me as if to say he didn’t think that was funny. He went on: “ I don’t know what your game is sir, coming in the back way and pretending to be Henry Kissinger but I’m going to ban you from this establishment and ask for an injunction to keep you away from the hotel.” They apparently had me under surveillance for some time and were particularly concerned about my visit to the toilet.
And what do you think he was doing in the toilet?
I went to the toilet and found it was surprisingly dirty – in contrast to the spotless Bed and Breakfast the previous evening. The bowl was full of paper and a discarded fag end and wouldn’t flush. I tried several times but the offending waste didn’t want to go round the bend. For posterity I took a picture of it. I thought of using it as a cartoon with perhaps a humorous caption like 'Yes! It’s true - Bush goes to toilet!' or maybe 'Blair shat here!'
Ahh those wacky 'activists'...

Still, toilet humour does beat the rampant anti-Semitism and racism appearing elsewhere on the site...

As an ex-Brit I often drop in to UK indymedia, just to get my blood pressure up. This article is just about the mildest thing on the site. It's not as bad as some of the other indymedia places but there's plenty of anti-Semitism (disguised as anti-Zionism of course) there. I've commented on articles plenty of times, and more often than not my comments have mysteriously disappeared. If they are lucky enough to remain, I get shot down in anti-Semitic filthy flames.
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