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Herein lies the Ghost in the political machine of the Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke. Much like Max Weber arguing with the Ghost of Marx, this blog seeks to make relevant and where appropriate support or reject Burke's 'Reflections' against the backdrop of the disastrous New Labour experiment.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Tamil demonstrations cost the taxpayer £8 million

A bizarre expenditure was announced today, but it finally allowed us to know the sheer extent to which ‘demonstrators’ cost the UK.

The police admitted they were extremely stretched with resources and that violent crime was rising 30% through-out the protests in the London area. Suprisingly, the G20 curfuffel cost us less - weighing in at only £7.2 million.

This could have paid for extra nurses, more teaches, or making a ‘small’ cut in our national debt. Why should foreign demonstrations cost the UK money?

What irks me is that only certain types of people are ‘allowed’ to protest. Every morning I get the work-shy, unwashed, woolly liberal complete with megaphone in their dirty festival condition tent, camped out at Parliament square.

The Tamil supporters are trying to gain legitimacy for a terrorist group that has undermined Sri Lanka for almost 60 years. They brought Westminster to a standstill by sitting in the middle of the square with their protestations - with no regard for the rest of us.

People should have the right to demonstrate, however not for 43 days and at such a rate of numbers for something that is happening in another sovereign state. The violence in Iran as a result of its own people rallying against the Government in their own boarders is a right and justly cause, but doing this in another country is not.

Their disregard for the wider consequences, in the form of being a catalyst for rising criminal activity is something they should be ashamed of. This ‘my rights trump all other rights’ in a world which now acts within a postmodern moral vacuum is somewhat ridiculous.

The police should have the powers to move them on after their original protests are over. It would happen at a BNP rally or a group that is deemed politically incorrect. How does the mechanism of democracy function if there is one rule for one group and a different one for someone else?

The UK has now become a vessel for unhealthy dissent towards other nation states.

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