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.