Turns out, this entire blog has been an elaborate ruse to enable me to Have My Say.
This Thursday morning (20th May) a chap called Kirk will stand trial at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. He’s been charged with aggravated trespass, for his part in a protest against an arms company (Heckler & Koch) known to sell its weapons to repressive regimes. There’s nothing unusual about arms companies doing that but Kirk’s (and his fellow protesters’) dedication in trying to stop the fuckers is depressingly rare.
Obviously, I need to have a comment from somewhere, so I’ll use this one.
We believe that one day the world will look back on the arms trade as we look back today on the slave trade, and wonder how it came about that such evil could abound in respectable society.
Bang on. We’re talking about an industry dedicated to selling devices for maiming and killing people. Our government (whoever they fuck they are this week) actively promotes this industry with public money. An industry built around selling ever increasing amounts of techno-masturbatory metallic death to anyone who’ll buy (and lets face it, the expanding markets for “devices designed to tear people apart” don’t tend to be peaceful, affluent regions). They’re dedicated to making more sales and making more money, as if they were peddling soup, sex-toys or sherbet fucking dib-dabs. This, for me, is the reason why sentences like “Why bother?” and “Do you really think you can stop the arms trade?” don’t even qualify as meaningful questions. The sane, human response to those who knowingly profit from peddling this misery and suffering should not be “considered”, “reasonable” or “balanced”. Fuck that. If you don’t feel it in your gut then you badly need to recalibrate your “giving a shit” module.
Supporters of the campaign to shutdown Heckler & Koch will be gathering outside the court on Wilford Street, Nottingham at 9:00am. Come along if you have the time and you’re nearby. Or maybe have a hunt around and find your local arms company. They’ll be skulking on an industrial estate in an unmarked unit, probably within a few minutes of where you live. Go and tell the black-hearted shits that they’re not welcome in your town.
Any journo types who are interested – please contact me. Kirk’s happy to give interviews on the phone on Wednesday or else in person outside the court before his trial.
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