Tottenham shows it’s time to end the Jody McIntyre roadshow

Update: Bubbling with excitement, McIntyre enjoyed a second night of riot tourism this time in Brixton.  The journalistic giant, pride of The Independent, The Guardian and New Statesman, returned to his lair in the early hours to bash out some tweets glorifying the violence:

Those who have watched his evasive BBC TV interview from last year will be familiar with his technique of not answering a question, instead posing another of his own. Well, he does it on his keyboard too. There remains not a single word of condemnation from McIntyre of the looting, arson and criminal damage.  So will the newspapers continue to give this thug a platform?:

When this round of rioting is over we can but guess what ’cause’ he will attach himself to next as an excuse to take to the streets yet again and add to disorder and criminality.

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Original Post

Thanks to The Guardian, The Independent and the New Statesman, the self promoting rent-a-protester, Jody McIntyre, has been afforded the oxygen of publicity and a platform to spout his special brand of bile.  We’ll come back these media giants further down.

Jody McIntyre describes himself as a ‘journalist’ and ‘political activist’.  The reality is he is nothing more than a trouble-seeking wannabe thug who gets a thrill from being right in the thick of violent disorder.  On his blog he tells people:

Jody McIntyre is a journalist and political activist. With a regular blog for The Independent, he has also written for The Guardian, the New Statesman, Electronic Intifada and Disability Now.

That apparently depicts journalism despite an apparent lack of payment for his ‘work’.  In reality he is trying to cover his activities in a veneer of respectability they do not warrant.  What is noteworthy is that despite his complaint that disabled people are badly treated and discriminated against he seems to think his cerebral palsy and use of a wheelchair should exempt him from being treated in the same way as other protesters.

As McIntyre lives in south London it should come as no surprise that he was present in Tottenham, north London, last night as parts of the borough were consumed by rioting, arson, looting, house breaking and muggings.  But more of McIntyre’s big night out (presumably only for the purposes of ‘journalism’…) in a minute.  First, let’s examine the legend Jody McIntyre would have us believe, then add the reality he and his band of anarcho-fans would prefer people didn’t know.

McIntyre came to prominence during the student protests in London when he was twice taken out of his wheelchair by police and moved to the side of the road.  His complaints about his treatment were quickly picked up by the media looking for a police ‘disproportionate force’ and in no time he was on Sky News and the BBC claiming he had been ‘attacked’.

However the TV interview showed Jody McIntyre up to be slippery and evasive and his story was clearly questionable as the footage was not very clear.  When challenged about his self description as a ‘revolutionary’ who believes in ‘direct action’ McIntyre sought to get off the subject as quickly as possible.  Clearly it would be inconvenient to present himself as merely a concerned citizen when the reality is he goes out of his way to get stuck into the action anytime there is a protest, no matter what the cause.  However McIntyre can be seen trying to crawl away from the police officer in the middle of the road as he resisted before being pulled to the kerb where he wouldn’t cause an obstruction.

So here we had this poor, wheelchair bound, young lad who just wanted engage in peaceful, democratic protest, being mistreated by the police. Not once, but twice.  Or did we?  Because, before this incident, McIntyre had been right at the front of violent clashes with the police.  He deliberately put himself there despite knowing violence was taking place. He actually describes it on his blog!  Here are some snippets…

As we parked up, and began walking back down the Strand, we saw a crowd emerging from Aldwych; around 2000 students had set off from LSE. However, they were only marching down one side of the road, and we were in a militant mood. Me and Finlay crossed over, into the oncoming traffic, and within seconds the whole crowd had followed.

It was an endless sea of people, but unfortunately, they had been corralled by police and NUS stewards into one lane of the dual carriageway. Me and Finlay immediately set to work, tearing down the metal barriers which separated the two lanes. Oncoming traffic drivers looked on in wonder.

The people with the music system must have had the same thought. All of a sudden, the bicycle burst out of the crowd, rushing through the pair of armed police guarding the private road of the Treasury. A group of 200 followed, including me in my wheelchair, and Finlay pushing at full speed. A dubstep tune came on, and the chanting began; “Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron!” Not the Treasury’s proudest day.

The building was occupied on the day the Browne Review was released, so here the police were ready for us. We flooded into the courtyard, but the riot cops were called within minutes. As batons began to swing, me and Finlay stood our ground on the front line. I stood up on my wheelchair, but attempts to re-take the courtyard soon fizzled out as a riot van was brought in.

In front of us, a huge glass building towered; it was the Conservative Party’s Headquarters, and it was under attack. The crowd was so tightly packed that even with the wheelchair, it was a huge effort to force our way through. Around half way we gave up. The crowd was swaying. “They’re smashing the windows…”

Me and Finlay looked at each other. We knew that we had to make it to the front. Kareem started pushing the wheelchair again, and Finlay cleared a path in front of us.

It wasn’t long before the next surge came. A Mexican wave of bodies. I fell out of my wheelchair and pushed through two cops. Finlay stood behind me, the wheelchair still in his hands.

Scores of demonstrators followed. Finlay came running in with the wheelchair a couple of minutes later. Victorious chants rang in the air; “Tory scum! Tory scum!” “When they say cut back, we say fight back!”

But then, the chants changed… “To the stairs! To the stairs!” Two policemen blocking a tiny door were soon brushed aside, and around fifty of us forced our way through before they had a chance to re-seal the entrance.

It was an epic mission to the top. Nine floors; eighteen flights of stairs. Two friends carried my wheelchair, and I walked. We couldn’t give up now.

When we finally made it to the roof, a feeling of calm descended. I looked over the edge; thousands of students, three massive bonfires and masses of passion still occupied the courtyard. The Tory’s HQ was on it’s last legs. And we were on the roof.

This is only the start.

Gentle lamb, isn’t he?  All of this activity, yet no complaints about being disabled.  Yet the moment the police moved him out of harms way on a street, Jody McIntyre was screaming blue murder and citing his cerebral palsy and seemingly sporadic wheelchair use to underline their sheer evil and lack of concern for the disabled.

Inconveniently for McIntyre, not only was his involvement in the street part of the violence photographed, but the photographer even posted a blog piece explaining what McIntyre had done and why his subsequent complaint was vexatious.  It is a must read piece.  One of the photos included in it is of McIntyre, on his feet, about to hit a police officer – known in legal parlance as assault.

Despite this the Graun, the Indy and the marxist Staggers all publish his self indulgent tosh.  Fast forward from last autumn in central London to last night in Tottenham.  By 10.00pm it was clear that the peaceful protest outside Tottenham police station had been hijacked by those bent on violence and criminal activity.  But where there is violent protest, there is McIntyre.  We know because Guardian journalist Paul Lewis tweeted a message to McIntyre earlier today:

McIntyre was also online, winding things up and revelling in the disorder on his Twitter account.  The tweets below were screen captured at 2.00pm today, putting the time of posting the first image at around 11.00pm last night, at the height of the trouble and the second one at around 5.00am this morning when looters were still destroying businesses:

So here we have a man who is given a platform in The Guardian, The Independent and the New Statesman, out in the thick of the violence until early morning and inciting people elsewhere to riot in similar fashion.  A man who went on to condemn the police as troublemakers as properties, vehicles and businesses were torched, journalists and media were attacked and robbed, bystanders were mugged, and residents overrun by thugs who broke down their doors to steal from their homes.

The question is, having fallen for his deceitful sob story last year and given this man an unwarranted veneer of respectability, will these media outlets now remove the platform they provided this violence glorifying hooligan?  Or will they show themselves (again, more on this during the week) as part of this country’s enemy within who endorse and provide assistance those who engage in pre-meditated criminality, be it as a battering ram on wheels or walkabout agitator?

It is time to end the glorification of troublemakers like McInytre. It’s time for these papers to withdraw their endorsement and put an end to the Jody McIntyre media roadshow.

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37 Responses to “Tottenham shows it’s time to end the Jody McIntyre roadshow”


  1. 1 Ross 07/08/2011 at 3:30 pm

    Brilliant piece. Like most sensible people I found MacIntyre untrustworthy but didn’t realise how nasty and dishonest he was.

  2. 2 Enough. 07/08/2011 at 3:51 pm

    Excellent work. Liars like McIntyre do nothing but harm to (some) otherwise worthwhile causes.

  3. 3 WitteringWitney 07/08/2011 at 4:56 pm

    I can but repeat excellent work, AM – damn well written!

  4. 4 PeterJ 07/08/2011 at 5:37 pm

    You may also want to mention McIntyre’s role in the Ctrl-Alt-Shift debacle last year, when this youth offshoot of Christian Aid publshed a piece by McIntyre on Holocaust Memorial Day comparing Israel to the Nazis. Christian Aid was forced to apologise, removed all McIntyre’s inflammatory posts from the site, and gave him the push.

    Background and sources at link below.

    http://cifwatch.com/2010/12/15/jody-mcintyre-professional-anti-israel-activist-takes-center-stage/

  5. 5 Dave C 07/08/2011 at 5:49 pm

    “Life on Wheels”? More like life on wheels apart from when he’s on his feet walking up staircases, trekking through South America or giving interviews. FFS he even stood on his wheelchair. He only plays on his disability when it makes the Old Bill look bad. If he was able bodied he would be throwing the poles and bricks with the rest of them. The only word for him is scum.

  6. 6 Obnoxio The Clown (@obotheclown) 07/08/2011 at 6:15 pm

    This is an excellent post, but it repeats the irritating labelling of these cretins as anarchists. They are not anarchists, as they call for more government and not less. They are statist, socialist thugs.

    For a brief but slightly more thoughtful presentation of anarchism, you could do worse than look here.

  7. 7 mitchell-images 07/08/2011 at 6:17 pm

    Great read. It is high time he was nicked for incitement or such. The time has come for the Met to bite the bullet and let the lefties make a martyr out of him, he has been shown many times now, for what he is. He will get no sympathy outside anarchist/leftie circles.

    The guff he writes for the Guardian is awful, even by their standards. End the roadshow, nick him.

    Also, thanks for the link to my blog.

  8. 8 inspectorgadget 07/08/2011 at 6:21 pm

    Excellent post – things I can’t say without being accused of disability discrimination. Keep telling the truth.

  9. 9 Autonomous Mind 07/08/2011 at 6:25 pm

    Obo, I confess I used the label they themselves wish to be tagged with. I do understand the difference between these thugs and those people who prefer a society without government.

    Hopefully this reassures you my use of the word was not in ignorance.

  10. 10 Autonomous Mind 07/08/2011 at 6:29 pm

    Good Inspector, I hope things are not too difficult in Ruralshire. It’s nice to welcome you here and offer you many thanks for your kind words.

    I have been known to criticise police actions because some officers do let their respective forces down, but feel this is predominantly because of the management direction from those in their ivory towers.

  11. 11 frontrowhero 07/08/2011 at 6:39 pm

    Great post, lil jody and his mob will hurl themselves at any protest with the sole intent of causing mayhem. Will he retract his statements if people perished in those fires last night?

  12. 12 Bill Sticker 08/08/2011 at 12:56 am

    McIntyre and friends are nothing but attention junkies. Kick them as you go past, they’d only be unhappy if you ignored them.

  13. 13 The Gray Monk 08/08/2011 at 8:59 am

    Tw*ts like this should be locked up – and so should the morons at the Grauniad and Independent (An oxymoron!) for giving him column space.

  14. 14 jameshigham 08/08/2011 at 10:41 am

    Agents provocateurs – always have been and always will be.

  15. 15 Officer and a Lady 08/08/2011 at 11:14 am

    Excellent post and update. MacIntyre is a waste of air and so utterly confused in his own mind I *almost* feel sorry for him – imagine having to attach yourself to every single “cause” going to feel any kind of self worth……thats too easy Jody. Go and do something really worthwhile, like WORKING….perhaps with some of the tiny kids in Tottenham who now have nowhere safe to play and nowhere to live thanks to the “actions” of the past weekend.

  16. 16 cuffleyburgers 08/08/2011 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t help thinking they’d be a little less indulgent towards this individual if he was “a right wing extremist” for example that wanted to cut taxes.

  17. 17 ACPO Stink Tank 08/08/2011 at 10:25 pm

    Indy has shut down his blog

    see Guido’s post

  18. 18 jinbei 10/08/2011 at 5:01 pm

    Nice one. Glad to see the guy’s shut down. Hopefully this will ruin his credibility and any chance of getting back in the game at a later date.

  19. 19 befloxamon 10/08/2011 at 10:44 pm

    Best laugh I have had in ages … it would help if you could actually write, and possibly even string in a few facts as well, but 10 out of 10 for effort!!!

  20. 20 Jonathan Mock 10/08/2011 at 11:00 pm

    The sad thing for JMc is that the white, middle class wine-bar media probably see him as a bit of a novelty act, a faux-revoltionary with terrible interesting things to say, but as time moves on he’ll be discarded lik greasy chip paper and another seriously interesting darling will be patronised (in both senses) by The New Gruaniad and so it goes on.

  21. 21 Paul Mountford 13/08/2011 at 9:32 pm

    Can I also bring to your attention Jody’s crimes against poetry, catch them on his blog. Painful, I had to look away before I got to the end of any of them. He’s clearly a very angry young man and I think heading for an ulcer too. Also check the comments about his poetry from his followers,quite sweet in their idealistic adoration,made me pine for how I was at 20.

  22. 22 Ciaran Rehill 26/08/2011 at 12:09 pm

    Brilliant piece that clearly puts this pretend disabled waste of atoms firmly in his place. He is clearly mad and an attention seeker to boot. I am at a loss to know why the Indy and Guardian ever considered giving him a platform in the first place. Now I understand he may received compensation from the police for being dragged from his wheelchair at the Cuts demo in London!!!! Outrageous, two very good friends of mine in the Anti Terrorist branch tell me that he needs watching. Give it up Jody and get a job selling the Big Issue.

  23. 23 MaryC 03/09/2011 at 10:32 pm

    McIntyre compared Israel to the Nazis eh? Idiot! Israel makes the Nazis look like pussycats.

  24. 24 noamayal 17/10/2011 at 5:14 am

    This Jody thing has been milking his wheelchair for sympathy for a long time. He travels the world “demonstrating” for all the communist and anarchist causes. Who the hell is paying for his travels?????

  25. 25 AJC 17/10/2011 at 12:53 pm

    “Who the hell is paying for his travels?????”

    Not Liam Fox I assume.

  26. 26 jack 03/12/2011 at 5:19 am

    Nothing gives the police the right to remove a disabled person from a wheelchair. You condemn him for not being confined to it at all times, do you not think he might dislike using it? He is hardly attaching himself to any cause either, he its fighting for the downtrodden, those who are not represented by a white middle class government. A government that has no idea how to solve economic problems, so decided instead to make ideological cuts to services for those who need them. A government who sell weapons to Israel for them to extend their boarders, stealing land that isn’t theirs and killing those who live there. The riots, initially, were a protest against the shooting of Mark duggun, a man who it has now been revealed wasn’t armed when shot by police. Some of the slurs on disabled people in the comments section of this article are disturbing, and show a lack of respect towards other HUMAN beings.

  27. 27 Autonomous Mind 03/12/2011 at 9:15 am

    Thank you, Jack, for possibly the most ridiculous comment ever to left on this blog. Your wilful blindness to McIntyre’s behaviour that necessitated him being moved, after resisting having his chair moved, is daft. Your ignorance of the way McIntyre bleats about his treatment as a disabled man, when he seeks to use that disability to make himself untouchable while participating and revelling in violence directed at the police, is idiotic.

    All McIntyre does is attach himself to any cause where there is a prospect of a confrontation with the police. When it suits him he will take part in the storming of a building through police lines and walk up 18 flights of stairs while someone carries his chair. When he is treated in the same way as other troublemakers he bleats that he is wheelchair bound and it’s unfair.

    McIntyre is a troublemaker, period, and if he wants to cut and rough and glorify that then he has no place bleating about the consequences of being treated in a fashion equal to able bodied people. Feel free to tell us how McIntyre looking for trouble in Brixton is justified more than a day after the trouble miles away in Tottenham. McIntyre is nothing more than rent-a-mob on wheels (when he’s not on his feet).

  28. 28 jack 03/12/2011 at 11:31 am

    It’s not willfull blindness, it is the support of the right to protest and the support of equality. What I find interesting about him is his optimism, the world can change, you just need to have the will power to do something about the things you believe in. You clearly dislike him for ideological beliefs, which is fine, and we will never agree. A more interesting article would have challenged his ideas and the debates around police brutality and intimidation, poverty and the oppressed people in the world, not how long he spends in a wheelchair.

  29. 29 Chris 03/01/2012 at 8:23 pm

    “Do you really think a person with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair can pose a threat..blah blah..” YES Jody McIntyre I really think they could and I’m not ashamed of thinking like that. Because they actually could. Why they took you off your wheelchair and dragged you? Wouldn’t it be easier to arrest you ON your wheelchair? What, were they afraid you could escape and run away?

  30. 30 Zoomer 12/02/2012 at 1:23 am

    the majority of people who’ve commented on this seem to just be criticising Jody for standing up for what he believes in and the fact that he’s disabled. Im sick of this blind hatred towards anyone who doesnt conform to right wing ideas or support the government for doing a shit job.
    Whoever said he sticks himself onto every cause, are you really saying that it is a bad thing to want make a difference to an unjust world run by corruption? To feel compassion towards people youll never meet because theyre human too?
    You can say he’s ‘weak’ or ‘too PC’, or any of the other right-wing cliches that get thrown around by ignorant fuckheads, but at least he doesnt blindly turn away from the things that are wrong in our society.

    I almost feel sorry for you people. Peace.

  31. 31 Hopeneverends 02/04/2012 at 3:22 pm

    It’s good to know which kind of activist is this person.

    Now, I understand why he has been invited to the Venezuelan Embassy on April 4, 2012 for a speech.

    Not need to make more comments about!

  32. 32 George Millman 15/09/2012 at 7:32 pm

    It really upsets me that you all say such nasty things about poor Jody. He might be controversial, but he is someone who has overcome a severe disability and managed to get his voice heard and stand up for what he believes in. I don’t like some of the things that happened in the riots, but I like the idea behind them – people protesting against the execution of Mark Duggan. Jody McIntyre is an intelligent, straight-talking man who wants to get his voice heard and I can relate to that. He has been badly mistreated at demonstrations, and there is no reason to be so condemning. I really admire Jody.

  33. 33 you don't know Jack. Jack. 23/09/2012 at 12:06 pm

    Listen Jack (03/12/2011 at 11:31 am): Mark Duggan bought a gun (or was given it) by Kevin Hutchinson-Foster. He had it in his waistband (oh so hip-hop) and had pulled it when he was stopped by the cops.

    He knew they were cops (feds-please get a grip) and yet took it out when he left the taxi.

    He was a crim. Wise up. And stop making excuses for the people who truly terrorize and thieve from our communities.

    Pull a gun on the cops = get shot. Boo Hoo.

  34. 34 Pelo Nord 07/08/2013 at 8:59 pm

    “MaryC 03/09/2011 at 10:32 pm

    McIntyre compared Israel to the Nazis eh? Idiot! Israel makes the Nazis look like pussycats.”

    You ignorant, foolish cretin.


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