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. . . the reality of the British state’s actions. As Ian Cobain repeatedly points out in his 2016 book, The History Thieves, governments have routinely gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal aspects of the secret state, long after foreign powers have acquired extensive knowledge of the phenomenon in question: the key population being kept in the dark is the British populace.
The chilling effect
The movement can’t function if trust between activists is eroded. When a network is riven by accusations and suspicions, organisation and practical actions become an impossibility.
Laura Oldfield Ford, spied on by an undercover NPOIU officer, 20131
. . . Earl of Cardigan, whose land the convoy had just left. The Earl followed the convoy on his motorbike and described seeing a pregnant woman "repeatedly clubbed on the head" while vehicles – people's homes – were smashed with hammers by police whose ID numbers had been covered.
"An awful lot of hope went that day. There was an influx of bad drugs that hadn't been allowed before. Suddenly people succumbed. They sold bits of their bus that had been broken. Vehicles were in a low state of maintenance because of police action, and there was a certain amount of '# everything' attitude. Heroin use and Special Brew use increased dramatically. That's casualties of war right there. It was completely against the ethos of what we were trying to do."
Perhaps the highpoint of these escapades was the infamous Castlemorton Common Festival – "our generation's Woodstock", according to Digs – which mushroomed into the mother of all free parties when local news reports' inadvertent advertisements drew 30,000 revellers to the honeypot of hedonism that prompted the notorious Criminal Justice Act
Out of the ashes of Hillsborough, modern football was born
Twenty years ago, 96 fans lost their lives at a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. It was a day that changed British football forever
“There is no panacea which will achieve total safety and cure all problems of behaviour and crowd control. But I am satisfied that seating does more to achieve those objectives than any other single measure”
Many children of the Sky era have grown up experiencing football on television and video consoles and now pack into pubs, he argues, standing with a pint and their mates in front of a big screen in the way their fathers once stood on the terraces.
Extinction Rebellion could block Bristol traffic non-stop 'for more than five days'
New details about Operation Mushroom have emerged