Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Nasty Arts...

This morning I didn’t go to our place of protest on Preston New Road as I understand well that sometimes my responses are not for the best.

We'd been informed that our fence and hedge art was to be torn down because it posed a risk by distracting motorists or some such nonsense excuse... the contrast with the nurtured, encouraged and much championed view of a huge drilling rig in the eyeline of drivers and the many many risks it brings - is just too ridiculous, too ironic, too insulting-to-intelligence and just too damned ludicrous to have been a witness too in the flesh. Like a slap in the face with a wet fish by an idiot claiming wisdom whilst repeating over and over 'that's what it says here to do'.

Despair and disbelief are common emotions here where we’ve come for 531 days now, along with the most oft said preamble to each sentence of "But surely...." before trying to extract reason from unreasonable ‘authority’ in all its guises from council workers to police officers.

Discussing the risk of extreme energy extraction is discouraged, dampened down and muted whilst the risk of a messy road or messy people is broadcast loud and far to stir up anguish, distract from the actual, real and very threatening risks of the industry itself and deter others from joining us.

As each method of expression is gagged... what remains? The recent injunction prevents us applying our bodies to protest and with our creative outlet through art now taken away... we’re being silenced and buried from view because Cuadrilla have the power of influence, the Conservatives support them and Lancashire County Council is weak and poor.

Closing in around us will not make us stop... but it will indeed have an ever-growing impact that probably doesn't look like a pretty picture of the earth, women knitting peacefully or residents in prayer but I get the impression that's just what they prefer - riotous/angry and easily demonised-by-media protesters, then they'd know what to do with us; then they’d get their ‘text book’ protest rather than all this beauty, all this genuine, all this diversity, all this caring and all this protecting our young that is just so hard for them to handle.

I have some pretty yellow ribbon that Marie Taylormakes beautiful bows from… it’s how the art started, with one yellow ribbon… 

Onwards x

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