Thursday, April 5th, 2012

metropolitan lice [random acts]

Some people take an hour out of their day to do yoga. Or go jogging. The vacuum cleaner [an artist / activist collective of one] defaces police logos for the lulz. I spent the day with him as we did naughty things to signage and discussed his bi-polar relationship with law and order.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

occupy evicted – free speech ends where the profit margin begins

The evictions of Occupy London sites at St Paul’s Cathedral and the School of Ideas show a systemic contempt for the right to protest if that dissent threatens profit. The 80 people living at the St Paul’s site and the 40-50 living at an abandoned school building near Old Street were greeted in the small […]

Friday, January 27th, 2012

dr d [random acts]

It was one of those one-off phone call scenarios. Dr D, this wheatpasting vandal I know, rings up. “You still doing your telly things?” Yes. “What you doin tonight?” Erm…. I scrabbled around for a camera. “Wanna meet me at six or seven around [redacted]?” So after I convinced Emily James to come out shooting […]

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

reverend billy and the occupy movement [podcast]

The Reverend Billy came to London one autumn weekend to connect Occupy London with Occupy Wall Street. He landed, made his way to St Paul’s and found himself sleeping in Emily James’s vacant tent [complete with inflatable mattress under the bells of the cathedral]. He gave a rousing sermon livelinked with our friends in New […]

Monday, November 21st, 2011

olympic ideal puts money before democracy

A series of Home Office proposals could ban protests during the London 2012 Olympic games. In reaction to the longevity and scale of recent Occupy London takeovers of public and private space at St Paul’s Cathedral, Finsbury Square and a former UBS bank, ministers are reported to be drafting legislation loosely based on part 3 of the Police […]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

“any information relating to anarchists should be reported to your local police”

London’s Metropolitan Police has called for large businesses and the public to report suspicious anarchist activities immediately. A weekly communiqué (see below) issued by the City of Westminster’s Counter Terrorist Focus Desk said: “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Any […]

Monday, July 11th, 2011

news of the screwed

Thanks to a fateful week in journalism, I got to have a little fun at the expense of Rupert Murdoch, Andy Coulson, Rebekah Wade and the Metropolitan Police…with a coupla dudes in dirty macs and cheap hats….

Friday, April 1st, 2011

jonnie marbles, soho square

First met Jonnie through a strange phone call. “Hi Leah. Do you want to film a comedian who’d like to get himself kettled at the next anti-cuts demonstration?” “Does this mean I’d have to be kettled with him?” “Yes.” “Ok,” I said, knowing I had a press card that could – at the very least […]

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Protesters can’t disown the ‘violent minority’

The day after any major demonstration always brings out the hungover “mostly peaceful, shame about the violent minority” mantra from the meeja-darling bloc. Whenever there’s an alternative popular movement that grips the national imagination, left-ish commentators and journalists fight whitened tooth and manicured nail for public alliance to this season’s worthy cause of resistance. Yet, […]

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

jonnie marbles, chris coltrane and the jammy dodger

one cold winter morning comedians chris coltrane and jonnie marbles went to the conservative party offices to give chancellor george osborne a jammy dodger. why give fatty a biscuit? he came up tops in a national Tax Shirker poll.