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.