Pieing Murdoch and “9/11 Truth”: The protesters Dale Farm could probably do withoutPosted on September 9, 2011
One of the most interesting aspects of the Dale Farm traveller saga is the way that in the last week or so the site has largely been taken over by hard left activists. In fact, according to most reports many travellers have moved out, leaving these political protesters as the majority of the Dale Farm site’s residents.
This isn’t a new tactic – the SWP and others have long made a hobby of trying to hijack other people’s issues for their own ends. It doesn’t do the original cause any good, because their issue becomes subsumed in the broader ideological mush peddled by the hijackers. More disturbingly, the people actually affected by the issue (whether you agree with them or not) swiftly lose control of their own dispute to a clique who are more interested in having a battle than in reaching a solution.
At Dale Farm, for example, there are worrying reports from Kevin Rawlinson of The Independent that some protesters tried to stop him coming to meet traveller families who had invited him in on the grounds that “invitations from residents [are] irrelevant because they’re running by consensus now”. (Though he later noted that only some protesters took this approach).
As an illustration of this takeover, let’s look at two of the cuckoos in the Dale Farm nest.
The first was last seen making a titanic tit of himself whilst custard-pieing Rupert Murdoch – yes, it’s none other than Jonnie Marbles, AKA blundering class warrior Jonathan May-Bowles. The travellers must be delighted that they have someone with such good judgement on their side.
The second is called Dean Puckett. Mr Puckett rose to fame earlier this week as one of two protesters who had concreted their arms into a barrel at the entrance to the site only to find that the High Court was delaying the eviction by a slightly awkward four days. As well as sharing May-Bowles’ apparently poor protest judgement, Puckett has an even more colourful history. When he’s not making himself into an installation that looks like one of Mad Max’s garden ornaments, he’s also a film-maker, a former resident of the Kew Bridge Eco Village squat, one of Brian Haw’s Parliament Square campers and, err, a prominent 9/11 Truther.
As well as having made a film (“The Elephant in the Room”) all about the 9/11 “Truth” movement which seeks to rehabilitate its reputation by promoting a supposedly acceptable face of conspiracy theorists, he has now teamed up for a new film (“Crisis of Civilization”) with Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, whom he recently filmed mulling conspiracy theories about the death (or, as he calls it, “supposedly” the death) of Osama bin Laden.
You can’t help but feel the travellers at Dale Farm would have stood a better chance going it alone.