Today is May Day, or Beltane. One of the great Celtic
/European Fire Festivals
. It is also, by the declaration of somebody or other, International Workers' Day
. Today, therefore, the workers will try to get to work and work, while the so-called Anarchists
and their valiant leaders try to break stuff. Also present will be a large number of sincere anti-globalisation demonstrators, some of whom will probably be injured by either the rioters, or the police, or potentially both.
One anarchist, challenged on a recent Channel 4 News
about the dangers of flying broken glass to the employees of Mc Donald's
, claimed that there was no such thing as flying broken glass, a claim which I sure any number of bomb survivors would love to discuss with him.
To save the world, improve it. Destruction only empowers the well-protected.
Mottoes for the day:
Liberty, equality, fraternity or death!
And my own suggestion for today's anthem: Jerusalem
, by Blake
. Read it carefully. (And think of an idealised Jerusalem, not the current shambles.) Here is a call to peaceful protest against child labour, pollution and all the other evils of capitalism.