Marbles tells his own story at the Groan above. He’s served some purpose in bringing security at Parliament into some relief bit otherwise served little purpose other than to highlight problems with eye-witness observation. Unlike all the others involved in the hacking nonsense, Marbles has at least told the truth without massive and costly processes needed to drag it out. Wendi Deng, on the evidence of the eye, did not leap in to protect her husband, yet this quickly became the media account. What is scandalous about this is that she did not get the same treatment someone in a similar ‘street incident’ might well get – an assault charge. I wouldn’t wish this, but it seems to sharpen my feeling that the ‘new toffs’ are not living under the same law as the rest of us.
It’s hard to judge Marbles. We need a strong protest movement because politics is dead and it’s clear we aren’t forming one. The underlying problems concern the difficulty with getting a modern form of public dialogue and even a public interested in such. This has been a problem since the Greeks issued slaves with whips covered in purple dye to shame citizens into democracy events. In the absence of sensible public dialogue I find it hard to condemn Marbles and ‘direct action’. I’m afraid I now think our society isn’t worth being bothered about. The problems will unfold into war and to a considerable extent already have.
The people in the hacking scandal telling us they didn’t know what was going on are all clearly lying. We knew, even as serfs, that the media, law and politics were bent long before any of this, and yet people at the heart of it all are laying claim to no knowledge. Marbles at least spares us this. In the end, I would rather share the planet with him than these other gassers. Maybe the only language worth a spit these days is the custard pie and Wendi Deng’s right hand?