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Today's Advice Bureau - the scores on the doors

Number of placards - 12
Number of constituents attending advice bureau to raise issues - 10
Number of demonstrators - 7
Number of members of staff present - 2
Number of police officers - 2
Number of drunks turning up late for the demonstration carrying a can of woodpecker - 1
Number of MPs dealing with constituent's problems - 1
Number of councillors attending the first part of the advice bureau - 1

Unsurprisingly relatively few constituents attended the advice bureau given the amount of snow. I had intended talking to the demonstrators about the issue when I had finished signing Christmas cards, but they had no stamina and their demonstration - intended to last til 2pm - finished about 30 minutes after it started.

Having looked at this page on the organisers website.

a) I note that there were in fact 8 adult demonstrators.
b) They thought I was upstairs, when in fact I was downstairs seeing constituents (and then signing Xmas cards).
c) The police were present to keep the peace. These demonstrations have a record of turning violent.

I think they did frighten people off as although I saw more people than demonstrators that was before the demonstrators turned up.

It remains, however, that picketing advice bureaux is not appropriate.

Comments

Jerry said…
Quick Question regarding the linked website, who is Mr Hemmingway?...answers on a placard please.....

The Demonstrators will give up in the end, also why would anyone drag a small child out to a demonstration in this weather as seen in the photograph on their website.
time said…
At least they havent been involved in care proceedings or lost a child. They will earn lots of money in future. Things seem to feel less important when you have been mangled through the family court system

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