Monday, February 15, 2010
SHAC National Failure
From a SHACWATCHER
These series of events at Bradford were leading up to an event on Saturday that had the dubious pleasure of speakers as recognised in the AR scene as Luke Steele, Amanda Richards, Debbie Vincent and Sean Kirtley. The local organisers had pushed this event as "a massive demo" with the usual round of emails and telephone calls to try and get people to attend. They really pulled out all the stops but despite this less than eighty people bothered to turn up for a boring shuffle through the area in the rain.
Amanda Richards from Speak Campaigns was without doubt the worst, a rambling justification of her own failure with a couple of the usual soundbites about Oxford University, the majority of the crowd wasn't even listening by the end.
SHAC's Debbie Vincent was to be blunt simply embarrasing and organisers of these events really need to consider if he/she should allowed near a microphone in the future, by the end even diehard SHAC supporters could be seen shuffling their feet and staring at the ground.
Being a SHAC event there was of course the usual attempt at violence toward the end but this was quickly dealt with by the local Bradford police. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Gilmore who would usualy attend big civil disturbance events didn't even bother to turn up such was the confidence the police had in low numbers for the event. Cleary they had inside knowledge.
The campaign must now return to the important task of writing the press release and deciding the reasons why this was a 'success'. This SHACWATCHER anticipates they will 1) inflate the numbers attending 2)lie about local support 3)blame the police for something.
Even after a change of name the stench of failure remains for anything which has links to SHAC.
Thanks for the accurate report SHACWATCHER - until all are caged
PS - Thanks for the hi res photo's Northern Indymedia - this link:-
Allows you to do an accurate head count - we get to about 77!