Monday 20 November 2017

G8 no-show proves hard left is in tatters

A lone protester surrounded by media at the G8 summit in Fermanagh.
A lone protester surrounded by media at the G8 summit in Fermanagh.

VLADIMIR Ilyich Lenin may have used the German imperial war machine to help him get to Petrograd in time for the October 1917 Revolution but he was dismissive of the Germans' own ability to follow the Bolsheviks. If the Germans had turned up at one of Berlin's major train stations in preparation for a red putsch for power, Lenin noted with contempt, they would have first ensured that each and every one of them had bought their rail tickets as good citizens.

Something similar happened to some of the 21st century revolutionary vanguard with Lenin's dismissal of the Germans coming back to mind albeit concerning buses this week rather than trains.

On the Monday night of the G8 Summit at the Lough Erne resort around 100 to 150 anti-capitalist radicals stormed the far exterior fence erected to protect the world's eight most powerful people. The demonstrators sat down in the green hinterland between themselves, razor wire and riot police. However, the organisers of the march from Enniskillen to the barrier had called for peaceful protest. Then someone cried out that they would miss their buses back to the Fermanagh town. Rather than retrace their three mile journey to the fence, the fringe who broke through went for their bus. As the BBC's Nuala McCann wryly noticed, somebody in the crowd joked: "At least the revolution has a bed tonight."

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