Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

A British man tries a unique protest stunt.

A campaigner against Heathrow Airport's third runway has attempted to glue himself to Gordon Brown at a Downing Street reception.

He apparently didn't succeed.

"There may have been something sticky on his hands but it was only for a few seconds that he touched the prime minister," a spokesman said. "There was no stickiness of any significance."

No stickiness of any significance.....isn't that what we all want? I do admire the poor PR flunky who managed to say that with a straight face.

There was some risk of personal tragedy.

Mr Glass - a 24-year-old post-graduate student at Strathclyde University - had smuggled a small amount of glue through Downing Street security checks in his underwear at about 1700 BST.

Personally I couldn't trust a seal on a lid that much.

You would think they would've anticipated this since.......

Mr Glass was invited to Downing Street to receive an award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation for his protesting work with Plane Stupid.

This quote pretty well sums it up.

"He was just grinning about it. He didn't seem to take me seriously."

Imagine that. If he wants serious he should try that with Bush. The Secret Service would break out the rubber gloves and REALLY check for glue.

Mr. Glass wasn't the only member of his group in action.

Campaigners who unfurled banners from Parliament were led away while Gordon Brown was taking part in prime minister's questions in the Commons.

Protesters from the Plane Stupid group climbed onto the roof at about 0930 GMT, unfurled banners and threw down paper planes, which they said were made from documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

At least they didn't interrupt.

One of them, Richard George, said: "We decided to let Gordon Brown get on with prime minister's questions, but we just wanted him to know what it is like to have an inconvenience above your head that you did not ask for."

They did cause some embarrassment.

The incident has raised fresh questions about security at Parliament with calls for an immediate inquiry.

Former Joint Intelligence Committee chairman Sir Richard Mottram told the BBC later he had been surprised that the protesters had got onto the roof.

I'm surprised they couldn't come up with a better name than Plane Stupid, although it does seem to suit them.

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