Last Thursday 9th of December the crucial vote on Tuition Fees was held, as we now know, the Lib Dem MPs allowed the vote to pass, despite their personal pledges to the contrary ( read @Gaijinsan21 s far superior explanation about why I am calling them “personal”.. )
This post is not about that however but a story which needs telling, Jody McIntyre’s story. On Friday last week I read Jody’s account of his day and in particular his brushes with the police. I was horrified to hear how he was twice pulled from his wheelchair and forcibly moved. In time however, I began to think that perhaps he had exaggerated or that by putting himself in the front line as he does, maybe he antagonized the situation?
This footage was uploaded to Youtube today by Jody, taken by a by-stander. It has been lightened and sharpened by @Harbonaut < #ff please!
In it you can clearly see, as Jody had described last week, a police officer striding over to him in order to remove him from the area. I believe it is the same officer who is, himself, dragged away from the scene shortly afterwards by his colleagues.
So far all I have seen reported on the news is violence by the students. I understand that at this moment there is a young man, Alfie Meadows, who is in hospital, recovering from a truncheon-inflicted brain injury which required a 3 hour operation. We have also heard much about Camilla being “poked with a stick” by a student, very frightening I am sure but perhaps a little perspective newsteams?
So what’s the difference between a wheelchair and a stick?
*UPDATED 14th Dec* : BBC News report of this evening on the incident involving Jody… Watch the end, the interviewer tries to twist the story to make Jody the villain.. Jody stands up for himself, Alfie Meadows and the other students admirably and gets the message about unfair tuition fees across really well, kudos mate.
Here is the footage: