If you’re wanting a serious coverage of the Liberal Democrats Conference in Sheffield, I suggest you go to www.forgetoday.com or follow Mikey Smith‘s tweets on the Sheffield Politics’ twitter account.
Wow, that was a lot of linking!
Anyway, I didn’t arrive to see the beginning of the protest or the arrest of a random protester who jumped over the barrier – video by ForgeTV here – but I did take some interesting pictures. Not really news worthy so I figured I’d post them here.
By the time I got there, it just looked like a street party that had died down – there were some teenegers banging on the barriers but I guess I missed out on the main action.
And guess what? The city’s own Jack Sparrow made an appearance – mind you, I had no idea pirates cared about politics or budget cuts. Surely they’d just loot and steal regardless?
The next picture is one that makes me pity Nick Clegg a little bit. You are the most hated man in the country, Mr. Clegg, and I am sorry to report that your character has caused some one to design the following protest sign:
As I was leaving the protest area, I heard some one sing about freedom. Libyan protesters were attempting to hijack the whole thing – it’s alright though, I sympathize with their cause. However it doesn’t make it any less awkward to go from dancing hipsters to a choir of people asking for their country’s freedom. It was actually somewhat depressing.
The amount of policemen just hanging around waiting for something to happen was crazy. They didn’t seem as excited by the ice cream truck that emerged like I was though.
Sorry about that last one being so small. I could crop it and make the yawning policeman more visible, I suppose, but I have work to do so you’re all going to have to accept it like it is.
Anyway, that was my day. I ended up buying £8 worth of magazines and £6 worth of books when I went into town to buy a new dress. Once a geek always a geek, I suppose.
Oh, also read my article on the Tunisian uprisings for the University of Sheffield’s Student Politics E-zine Canvas. It doesn’t have my name on the entry – which I suspect is because I missed my deadline several times – but I did write it and I can prove it!
See you next time.