The Early Days of a Better Nation

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Two years on

Yesterday's Glasgow antiwar demo was no bigger than the one that took place in April 2003. It was, however, broader, and much better understood in the streets. Even the police were friendly. There were no politicians on the platform. Gordon Gentle's fifteen-year-old sister spoke outstandingly well. An RAF veteran who introduced himself as 'not a peacemonger' talked about his sons in the Black Watch. Speakers from (I think) CND and G8 Alternatives also kept to the point, while making connections. In the crowd, everyone behaved as if they were on the same side. Even the sectarians were polite. The antiwar movement is small but it's neither divided nor isolated.


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