The popular mass movement that is UK Uncut

The furious grassroots uprising against Starbucks for acting in a legal manner took place yesterday.  At my local Starbucks the protest was unleashed with full fury, to the extent that the local press in Northampton was moved to sending a photographer to the scene to capture the moment.

But before we take a look at the image, let us remind ourselves how UK Uncut framed the protest.

Protestors plan to transform Starbucks into refuges, crèches and homeless shelters in protest against impact of government’s cuts on women.  [...]  Women’s groups and local UK Uncut groups from Glasgow to Belfast to Portsmouth will be participating in their biggest national day of action yet on Saturday 8th December, targeting Starbucks coffee stores in protest against the government’s spending cuts that are hurting women.

So, on to that picture…

As you can see, there’s not just a noticable absence of protesters, there is a complete absence of, erm, women.  There’s no creche or refuge on show either.  It’s always nice to see committed souls going out to protest on behalf of those they feel are being hard done by – especially when those who are being hard done by are too busy doing other things to participate themselves.

With a delicious lack of self awareness, this group told the local media it calls itself the Northampton Alliance to Defend Services, or NADS.  No disagreement here. Although there don’t seem to be many allies for a Saturday morning.

This kind of suggests UK Uncut isn’t quite the popular grassroots movement it has been painted as by the likes of the BBC.  Consisting of just a few trade union activists, the inevitable placards and trademark rucksacks this doesn’t represent anything close to people power.  In fact it seems to be something of a rather vocal tiny minority.  Perhaps given the BBC’s affection for minorities that share their worldview it is understandable how UK Uncut gets such disproportionate coverage.

Regardless, we can now see what an irrelevance UK Uncut is. It’s time for the hysteria to end.

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6 Responses to “The popular mass movement that is UK Uncut”


  1. 1 Ian Hills 09/12/2012 at 11:00 pm

    Nice one. These goNADS probably look down on working class women anyway, like their future employers at the BBC.

  2. 2 permex 09/12/2012 at 11:46 pm

    “…………like their future employers at the BBC.”
    The idea of being employed probably hasn’t occurred to these retards.
    I have never even seen a Starbuck’s but it is just another business which has followed the Law….paying its due taxes but, using that same Law, correctly protects itself from legalised theft as does any well-run enterprise.
    Sorrily, they have a guts deficit……and may even desert the UK & who will care. certainly not the Uncut morons: only those few thousands who will lose their jobs

  3. 3 cosmic 10/12/2012 at 1:07 am

    Maybe the low turnout was because it’s a bit chilly for the old protesting lark?

    It’s not as if they could nip into Starbuck’s for a quick cup of coffee and get out of the cold.

  4. 4 Brian H 10/12/2012 at 3:17 am

    Rent-A-Nads.

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    Read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and pay close attention to the parts about Ellsworth Toohey. Its all there – how to frame the public debate by controlling the important nodes of information, and having the ‘right’ people in strategic positions (cf Common Purpose). Written nearly 70 years ago, but the same strategies are still in use to today.

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