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A MN-ers against Bush meet-up?

(31 Posts)
Blu Fri 14-Nov-03 14:00:19

Saw this discussed on the Sophie's baby thread, (I think)and wondered whether anyone has identified a family friendly demo? Anyone going to the big one on Thursday?
(First meet-up of the MN Republican party?)

motherinferior Fri 14-Nov-03 19:28:02

Think it'll clash with domestic politics here. Also I get flashbacks to when I ran the CND press office and had to run demonstration press conferences down the side of the Embankment Gents.

aloha Fri 14-Nov-03 22:14:36

Blu, I don't want to get involved in a riot but I'd really like to make my feelings known.

wiltshire Sat 15-Nov-03 00:02:07

Blu, are you assuming that everyone on mumsnet is anti-Bush. Hope not. I'm not.

Moomin Sat 15-Nov-03 08:04:38

Not interested in meeting up but did you know about the terror alerts focused on the visit and London in general next week? I do feel strongly anti-Bush but wouldn't risk something kicking off with dd and me in the middle of it.

Twinkie Sat 15-Nov-03 08:40:00

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Blu Sun 16-Nov-03 13:57:54

Nope, Wiltshire, anymore than if I flagged up a South London Meet Up I would be assuming everyone lived in S London! (No-one could assume that MN-ers would all agree on ANYTHING!)

I AM anti-Bush, particularly for his self-interested financial reasons for many of his actions...been reading too much Michael Moore!

pie Sun 16-Nov-03 14:38:46

But blu, Micheal Moore is just so convincing

Have you read his new book?

WideWebWitch Sun 16-Nov-03 16:09:43

I wish I could come to whatever you're arranging Blu, I was disgusted to read that Bush's visit is costing the UK taxpayer £4m. But babe due on Friday so best not hey? Pie, I liked Stupid White Men.

pie Sun 16-Nov-03 16:26:29

www, DH had to fight over it, both of us going 'whoah' and then reading it out so that the other would want it.

Yes 'whoah' was the extent of my political analysis

I think that MM is quite 'hated' amongst alot of average Americans though.

LadyP Sun 16-Nov-03 17:53:21

Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves MM on Mumsnet.

I'm reading the new one at the mo (only just started it) and trying to persuade DH to get me the 'Bowling for Columbine' DVD for Xmas.

ks Sun 16-Nov-03 19:21:21

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aloha Sun 16-Nov-03 20:44:24

Ken Livingstone's hosting an anti-war party on the day Bush arrives - but I suspect it's invitation only. And no balloons and cake, which is how my ds defines party. does anyone know more about this?

aloha Sun 16-Nov-03 20:48:29

Ken Livingstone's hosting an anti-war party on the day Bush arrives - but I suspect it's invitation only. And no balloons and cake, which is how my ds defines party. does anyone know more about this?

SofiaAmes Sun 16-Nov-03 21:04:38

yes, it's invite only, but the taxpayer is paying for it whether or not they are pro-war. Bit of an insult to all the families who lost people in the war...they still have to pay for a party to protest it and they can't even go to and get their money's worth of free drinks.

Blu Mon 17-Nov-03 11:01:25

I found some family-friendly events happening on Sunday (gone) but wasn't able to attend, and anyway, I think they were a bit diversionary.

Am half way thru' 'Can I have my country back Dude?', and although lots of the material in it has now been made common currency in our press, I was staggered at the Oil pipeline corruption in the first chapters.

I am writing to my MP and to Blair, and think I will go on Thursday. Think the 'proud of my country, ashamed of the president' slogan of Americans living here is v clear, and helps avoid nationalism.

Anyone read the stuff about the U.S security forces trying to demand that they equip themselves with anti-personnel 'mini-guns' more usually fitted to the front of tanks to be used against demonstrators, and that all demos be policed by U.S personnel...who would all be given diplomatic immunity???

aloha Mon 17-Nov-03 11:32:10

Blu - yes, but don't you think that was partly deliberately asking for the moon so that their other demands (half of London closed off etc) would seem like a reasonable compromise by contrast? I hope so...

Twinkie Mon 17-Nov-03 11:56:07

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marthamoo Mon 17-Nov-03 20:45:59

OK, who was it? Which one of you Mumsnetters climbed up the Queen's front gate with that upside down American flag? Two and a half hours up there - bet you came down cos you needed a wee.

motherinferior Mon 17-Nov-03 21:14:57

Actually I nipped into the Embankment Gents to relive old times

Blu Tue 18-Nov-03 10:09:32

LOL Marthamoo and MI!

Rhubarb Tue 18-Nov-03 10:29:35

I'm highly tempted to get on a train to London and chain myself to the Downing Street gates, threatening to go into labour unless Blair and Bush look up the word 'democracy' and allow people the right to march through whichever bit of London they choose and voice their opinions!

All this nonsense about possible terrorist groups getting involved! When there was the big rally against the war, there was absolutely no violence at all, it was a great atmosphere considering the circumstances! If Bush doesn't want to meet the British public face-to-face then he shouldn't be here, that's just insulting us!

So is anyone going to London from up North that could pick me and a few chains up please?

CnR Tue 18-Nov-03 14:19:53

LOL Marthamoo. I had thought exactly the same thing whilst watching the news last night

SoupDragon Tue 18-Nov-03 17:44:57

I suspect you are all people who would enjoy this...

George Bush met The Queen, and he turns round and says: "As I'm the President, I'm thinking of changing how my country is referred to, and I'm thinking that it should be a Kingdom"
The Queen replies "I'm sorry Mr Bush, but to be a Kingdom, you have to have a King in charge - and you're not a King."
George Bush thought a while and then said: "How about a Principality then?",
To which the Queen replied "Again, to be a Principality you have to be a Prince - and you're not a Prince ".
Bush thought long and hard and came up with "How about an Empire then?"
The Queen, getting a little annoyed by now, replies " Look Bush, to be an Empire you must have an Emperor in charge - and you are not an Emperor."
Before George Bush could utter another word, The Queen said: "I think you're doing quite nicely as a Country".

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