Another glorious day to be aliveNovember 7, 2014 Tim WorstallEuropean Union13 CommentsTo see such headlines as this: Brussels burns as more than 100,000 protesters clash with police during march against EU previousSunday is the 25th anniversary of the defining moment of my lifetimenextQuite wonderful from Ritchie 13 thoughts on “Another glorious day to be alive” Tim Newman November 7, 2014 at 9:18 am Aye, but they’re not protesting about the parts of the EU that ought to be protested about; they’re protesting about new laws which would require them to work occasionally. K.R. Lohse November 7, 2014 at 10:07 am @Tim Newman. Possibly Cameron’s threat to control immigration to the UK benefits system is having some effect. Interested November 7, 2014 at 10:36 am It seems to me (from casual perusal) that Tim Newman is right – it’s ‘austerity’ they’re complaining about. If they were rioting because the EU’s accounts are not public, or because they’ve heard that millions of euro are being paid out to fund non-existent olive groves in Greece (or similar cliche) then I’d be with them. This – and that bullshit in London the other day – is all the natural end game when govcernments bring people up to believe that the government can and will always ‘be there for them’. When it turns out this is a lie, because the facts of life are not with them, it’s not surprising that people who are semi-educated, terminally juvenile and infused with entitlement decide to start smashing the gaffe up. Personally, I’d put 2 Para on the streets, with SLRs for nostalgia (and effect), and start knocking some of these fuckers over. Let them experience an actual police state for a while. Edward Lud November 7, 2014 at 11:19 am Interested, doncha mean X Para? Richard November 7, 2014 at 11:44 am I liked the picture of the “largely peaceful protest”: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/11/06/1415297800879_wps_47_A_demonstrator_stands_in_.jpg Gunker November 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm @richard, more interesting was the caption to that picture “Armed: A protester stands in front of burning vehicles with a makeshift club to defend himself from police” JuliaM November 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm @K R Lohse: well, they are dimmer than I ever thought possible if they think that’s not a load of hot air, then… Rob November 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm This, in the Leftie Lexicon, is “non violent direct action” Jonathan November 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm “Fighting broke out soon after the end of a largely peaceful march” It’s only the Left that can get away with being ‘largely peaceful’. Andrew Duffin November 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm Mmm, yeah, well. They are not protesting about the EU, they are protesting “austerity”. In other words, they believe progress and prosperity can be achieved by endless state borrowing, and they want their share of it. I’m not really sure we should celebrate this protest. Bloke In Italy November 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm Andrew Duffin – it’s got to the point where I’m just glad someone’s smashing some fucking windows and burning a few cars. When they leave no way to achieve change peacefully there is only one solution. And real libertarians are too few to achieve anything or maybe too law abiding – I don’t know. But someone has to start something, and this is something, so bring it on. Hallowed Be November 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm Cobblestones aren’t a great idea in a city,, is what I take from that. diogenes November 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm it’s rather like celebrating those anarchist marches through the City of London…isn’t it? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.