My fellow Postaliers, Puffins and Patriots, wherever you may be, greetings from Whitehall, where I hope to bring you live coverage of this afternoon’s event. I’m expecting to meet up with old friends from Going Postal, and given the recent influx from the other place, hoping to meet some newcomers as well.
I’d like to thank our host Swiss Bob for running this article, and also for the beer tokens he’s so generously bestowed upon GPers here and also at the last two events (Speakers’ Corner and Birmingham FLA). With going-postal, Swiss Bob has built a truly remarkable site. I’m not sure how he’s done it, but it’s a unique place, one I’m honoured to write at, both above and below the line.
Sometimes I get asked, what’s the point of going on demos and protest marches, and sometimes I wonder that myself. Living in the South West makes for some long journeys to get to events, and there is always the lurking possibility of something kicking off on arrival.
Demos should not be considered to be the be-all and end-all, but are certainly one means to an end. Demos can be awkward to get to, and to leave. Antifa, assorted followers of the Religion of Peace, the media, and regrettably on occasion, warranted police officers can be turn out to be “difficult” in their own ways.
On the face of it, there is very little an individual can achieve by attending a demo, and there is quite a lot to lose, too. Police now routinely live-stream video, ostensibly for “security” and “operational” reasons, of people at demos where free speech, the government and Islam coincide. Given both their newfound enthusiasm for pursuing thought-crime and their sloppiness when it comes to the basics of data protection and data handling, being watched by police officers armed with cameras can be a far from reassuring thing.
So why do we go? Why are we here today?
It’s actually an easy answer. I can’t speak for everyone, but the fact is that many of those speaking today have paid a very heavy price for speaking out about issues that the establishment and the establishment’s lackey media do not want publicly aired. For me, pitching up and openly supporting them is the least I can do.
It’s a numbers game. Getting any mass movement for change to critical mass requires turnout. In 2016, I attended the three Pegida UK rallies, two in Birmingham and the third in Rotherham. Attendance at each was never more than 500, at the most, and it was easy to see the frustration that Tommy Robinson was feeling in this video, at the second Birmingham event:
Since I filmed that, the dynamic has changed dramatically. Two years on, people really are starting to man the f*** up. New alliances have been forged, new friends made, and the wider movement is gaining traction, as evidenced by the rising attendance figures. It helps us enormously when the establishment shoots itself in the foot, as it did with the Count Dankula trial, providing our cause with more publicity.
If we don’t stand up, if we stay at home, if we don’t all make whatever effort we can, we cede ground. The more people who pitch up, the more powerful the message will become, and the more voices there will be to spread the word. There’s also the benefit of networking and just being with like-minded people of all age groups and different backgrounds.
I see today as part of a battle we must not lose, for the subject of today’s #DayForFreedom event concerns #FreeSpeech. I can think of no other time in my nearly sixty years that freedom of expression has been under so much threat. All of us here on Going Postal, writers and commenters, understand the severity of the threat. Freedom of speech is by far, the most important of the few weapons we have, and our only real way to push back against the future our “leaders” are planning for us. They realise this, and that is why they want to deprive us of it. If we’re no longer able to discuss the issues freely, then we have no means to defend ourselves.
This is our purpose: to spread the word, this is why we’re here.
If you can’t attend a rally, the fact that you know what the issues are means that you have an obligation to spread the word, and an equal obligation not to stay silent. If enough people stay silent, then within a generation and a half or less, we will all go under, all of us.
We are confronted by a multi-axial, existential threat. Pick a side. Pick well. Don’t do nothing. Doing nothing isn’t an option anymore.
© Martin Mezger 2018
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