Week 76 – Student Protests, Part Three

It was referred to as ‘Day X’, the ‘Day Parliament Would Vote On Tuition Fees’. For us, the momentum had to continue.

When I first arrived in Parliament Square yesterday, however, it seemed that the opposite had happened. It was good to see thousands of students packing out the Square as “our” politicians sat cocooned in a bubble just across the road, but the lack of action was somewhat disheartening. You don’t bring down governments by standing around and shuffling your feet.

It wasn’t long before my qualms were settled. People began running toward the far end of Parliament Square, and we followed. As we got to the front of the crowd, it was clear that the police were desperate for violence. This does not come as a surprise; of course, it is the job of the police to protect the government. Nothing is a bigger threat to the government than the scenes we saw on the last student march of November 30th; thousands of students spontaneously marching across central London, without permission from the police, and not an ounce of violence. So how do they combat that threat? They attack us.

When we reached the front, the batons began to fly. One came landing straight onto my left shoulder, sending a sharp, shooting pain down my arm. Others were taking blows to the head. Children, women, men, all being brutalised by the police. Then the horses came, horses that could easily kill people, but we would not budge. We held our ground.

Suddenly, four policemen grabbed my shoulders and pulled me out of my wheelchair. My friends and younger brother struggled to pull me back, but were beaten away with batons. The police carried me away. Around five minutes later, my younger brother was also forced through, the wheelchair still in his hands.

A crowd of around 200 had by now gathered on the other side of the police lines. We turned, and began marching, running, in the opposite direction. Morale was high. Anger at the government was even higher. Kicks and punches were thrown as we passed the Department of Education.

Eventually, we found ourselves back at Parliament Square, this time approaching from the side of the now-infamous Millbank. Riot police came charging our way, but now they looked weak. Mounted police were just behind, waiting to charge.

Somehow, me and Finlay managed to weave our way through the police line. We found ourselves in a large no-mans-land, in between the riot police trying to stop the crowd, and the police horses getting ready to charge. I turned in my wheelchair to face the police. “Move out of the way!” one of the mounted police shouted at me. I shook my head.

From the corner of my eye, I spotted one of the policemen from the earlier incident. He recognised me immediately. Officer KF936 came charging towards me. Tipping the wheelchair to the side, he pushed me onto the concrete, before grabbing my arms and dragging me across the road. The crowd of 200 ran and surrounded him. I got back up and stood in front of the horses.

When I finally got home at 5am, exhausted but pleased at what can only be seen as a victory, I found that the picture of me being pulled from my wheelchair had been creating a bit of a storm online. But I am not the real victim. The real victims of yesterday are people like Alfie Meadows; a 20 year-old student who was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery after internal bleeding caused by police truncheons.

We need a change, and we need it now.

173 responses to “Week 76 – Student Protests, Part Three

  1. Jody mate – I knew you’d be in there!! I watched it all on TV and I think the riot was amazing. Its really tragic how Labour messed this country up so badly- look at the results!!

    Anyway if you and your student mates want a good Lib Dems joke, I heard one this week:

    I phoned the Lib Dem Head Office this morning and asked for a copy of their manifesto. They said, “Sorry, we sold out”, I said “I know, but can I have a manifesto?”

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I’m convinced it won’t be the last day X, regardless of the vote.

  3. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw the photo of an empty wheelchair yesterday. Thanks for sharing this story, and thanks for attending the protests. You have my wholehearted support.

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  5. So glad you made this account. I couldn’t get, but would have gone if I could.

    Also, I hope you don’t mind, but an acquaintence of yours is a friend of mine on Facebook. She let me know about certain events you had yesterday, and I told Sky News and BBC News about it (well, particularly the bit about you being stuck on Westminster Bridge in the wee hours).

    Hope I didn’t do anything wrong.

    Anyway, I can’t say how much I’m proud of you, mate. Stick to it.

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  9. Thank you Jody for being so brave and courageous and standing up to abuse of power for personal gain. Thank you for standing up to those Henchmen of the Aristocracy, who have infiltrated and donned the Uniform of Police Officers, discrediting excellent Police Officers and attacking Citizens. They need charging with Treason and Sedition as do the Aristocracy from stealing from the Citizens and the Country to live their pampered lifestyles.
    Thank you For Standing Up and Protecting Our Public Trusts.

    Chris Curpen

  10. Well done Jody!! You are an amazing person, I support you 100% and I am so glad that there are people out there standing up to the bullshit we are fed and telling the truth. Thankyou once again.

  11. But I am not the real victim. The real victims of yesterday are people like Alfie Meadows; a 20 year-old student who was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery after internal bleeding caused by police truncheons.

    If I were dragged from my wheelchair; if I were tipped out of my chair; then I would be a “victim” in your terms. I have brittle bones. If I were protesting and police assaulted me like that I’d be in hospital with just about every bit of me broken.

    The police need to consider that some of us are more breakable than average, especially when assaulting cripples.

  12. Relieved to know you’re alright Jody!

    We were worried about you.

    Well done – you’ve been an inspiration.

    Solidarity and congratulations!


    Black Triangle Campaign

  13. I read Laurie Penny’s blog on the New Statesman website and it sent chills through me to hear how you were treated, one of my nightmares is getting seperated from people I care about in a crowd – I don’t know how you do it, I don’t know how any of the protesters do it, I’m scared I couldn’t keep it together – you’re all my heroes.

  14. Your bravery is commendable.

    It’s a pity that the protests didn’t result in the vote going the way of the students, but the government were never going to allow protests, peaceful or not, to dictate their decisions.

  15. I am with you whole heartedly

  16. It wasn’t the Labour Party who wrecked this country, it was the BANKS and their friends in the TORY party. Now the CONDEMS are making us POOR people pay for what the banks did.

  17. Every success Jody pleased you sufficed the ordeal. I can’t believe the fight ends here there are too many social injustices created over the last 30 years that need redressing in Britain, with the situation made worse by the apathy over those years: now the younger generation have awoken to these injustices the battle must be enjoined on all fronts. The `Stop the War Coalition’ are holding a protest meeting outside Westminster Magistrates Court at 1.00pm Tuesday 14th December when Julian Assange comes up for his extradition hearing to protest against the refusal to grant him bail – if you are concerned about the present abuse of civil liberties you may care to attend and offer support.

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  19. Just read about you and Finlay on the Guardian website … glad you are ok.

  20. Well done Jody!! You are an amazing person, I support you 100% and I am so glad that there are people out there standing up to the bullshit we are fed and telling the truth. Thankyou once again.

  21. Against Violence

    I understand the anger at the Lib Dems for going back on their main promise, but if people voted for them then they are the thickest people ever. Lib Dems were NEVER going to deliver any of their promises, they have no power.

    On a seperate note, the fees are not discriminatory. Someone from a ‘working class’ background will be saddled with the same debt as someone from an average background. Only the super rich are not going to be impacted and either way, you only pay back when you earn £21k +. Yeah its not ideal to have so much debt, but whats the alternative? Perhaps people will think twice about doing a pointless course and might go out and set up a business. The alternative…being wracked with debt on credit and store cards but with nothing to show for it? Or being a dole bum and scrounging for a living.

    I think that many of the students protesting need to have a reality check and not just jump on the bandwagon! I am yet to see a student protester interviewed who actually understood what the vote yesterday was for!

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  23. @Against Violence

    1. A ‘working class’ background is an average background.
    2. The £21k + figure is for wages in 2016, so worth considerably less than £21k is now.
    3. If people were actually doing ‘pointless’ courses, why would they need to worry about paying loans back? They wouldn’t earn much with ‘pointless’ degree. Check, and mate.

  24. Hope to see some of the righteous at the Julian Assange hearing on Tuesday, Westminster Magistrates Court.

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  26. From the other side of the world…
    Media reports being what they are, over here we (predicatably) saw the simplistic version of what happened high on the confrontationand property attacks, extremely high on Charles and Camilla’s involvement little of substance or good analysis.
    So your account Jody puts more flesh on the bones that we are fed, and for that many thanks. You’ve done us all a great favour. For your staunch stand good stuff. We disabled people can and should stand up for principles.
    As for the comments of Against violence, I can’t believe she or he actually expects a ‘reasoned’ articulation of grievances in a media situation. Yes, not everyone can say what they stand for very clearly, but in another, much less fraught setting, (and probably without them being badgered by a hostile reception) I think a whole lot more people could say what they bunderstand and why. It’s all too easy to occupy a position of judgement when you aren’t there at the time.

  27. Jody .. Your a true soldier!! When I heard what happened was gutted.. didnt even get to see you! I wasnt surprised with the way they were acting with all the protesters.. they treat us like bunch of animals.. even though we lost by 21 votes.. we showed them who run the streets!

  28. Jody your a true soldier! I was shocked what they done to you.. bunch of swines.. im glad your ok..! we may have lost by 21 votes but we owned the streets yesterday! I wasnt shocked the way they were reacting with us.. treating us like savages!! when theyre the Pigs!

  29. Solidarity, brother – get in touch if you need any help or support from the NUJ.

  30. laughout allow

    You are an inspiration to all human kind, so young yet so courages to fight for what you believe. The incident can be compared to China’s Tiananmen Square students protest in 1989 where students were brutally attacked by government force to stop them from making their concerns heard. We are in England – a democracy country?

  31. I completely support your protest. I protested against the introduction of tuition fees nearly a decade ago, even though it would not impact my own education, the same as you and thousands of others are doing today.

    The actions of the police truly sicken me and the lack of coverage about the horse charges, police covering their numbers in previous protests, and of course the shocking case of Alfie Meadows is terrible beyond words.

    I hope that the public will rise to action, not just regarding tuition fees, but the impending public service cuts which will take away countless numbers of our museums, libraries, art galleries and leisure centres. We will not get those back. Thousands of public sector workers will soon be made redundant. Putting people out of work will not make this country’s economy stronger.

    If we are continually ignored, then protesters will have no option but to make their actions stronger. What choice are we being left?

  32. Fantastic account, and tremendous courage. You deserve a medal.

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  34. Keep going. Bring down the totally corrupt establishment intent on keeping the majority of people in slavery.

  35. Carly do you know about the Avaaz petition for proper democratic treatment of Julian Assange (see http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?vl )

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  37. Disgusting, what ever happened to peaceful policing? Read my article on it http://coupelamerde.blogspot.com/

  38. What happened to you was terrible, the last thing the Police should be doing is pushing around people in wheelchairs.

  39. Perhaps as the last three demonstrations had turned into riots you shouldn’t have gone? Oh no you couldn’t play the victim then could you?.By the way how did you get your wheelchair back?That wasn’t mentioned.

  40. My younger brother brought me my wheelchair back. Just out of interest, how does going on BBC radio and saying “I am not the victim” qualify as ‘playing the victim’?

  41. The assumption to be drawn from your comment is that Jody, by dint of his disability, should withhold from taking part in demonstrations and thus be unable to `play the victim.’ This is an extremely unpleasant response especially since it’s one that cannot be directed against an able-bodied person: if Jody feels as strongly about an issue as the rest of the demonstrators he has precisely the same right to participate as they. He should not have to pause and consider the possibility that a result of his taking part the police may injure him or put him at a disadvantage by depriving him of his mobility vehicle and therefore whether he is wise to take part – it is not a question you and I would ask ourselves.

    He has himself answered your sarcastic remark re: `playing the victim’ by pointing out this was the tag given him by the media and which he disputed.

  42. If you genuinely believe that to be true, then im my opinion, you’re in need of either psychiatric help or an education.

    NuLab relaxed controls.
    Brown removed overall responsibility.
    Brown set up a tripartite monitoring system which, with no cohesive stratagey, aim or guidance, simply didn’t work.
    Brown pushed the disastrous Lloyds takeover of HBOS
    Brown & Darling decided to use taxpayers’ money to bail out the banks.
    Yes, those well-known extreme Conservatives, Brown & Darling – aided by NuLab, that hotbed of Conservative extremism.

    Like most leftish arguments, I see nothing more than some outright untruth mixed with sophistry.

    Still, tell a lie often enough & nearly all Lab followers will believe it.

  43. Anyone-wheelchair user or not-that attended the demonstrations after the first one knew what was coming.They knew they would turn into riots so why put yourself in the firing line and then whinge about it?

  44. @jaded:

    So essentially, when faced with the threat of violence, the only acceptable response is to back down and give up?

    And if you don’t do that, and end up being physically assaulted and deprived of your mobility, you’re “whinging”?

    …I’m at a loss for words, to be honest. The word “heartless” springs to mind.

    Big respect to Jody, you’re an inspiration.

  45. Ted Treen | December 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    “NuLab relaxed controls “- Because of the financial systems lies & continued lies about competition and leaving the city if they are not left to do what they want, after 18 years of tory government this was the only industry left in country.

    “Brown set up a tripartite monitoring system which, with no cohesive stratagey, aim or guidance, simply didn’t work”. there is no system that can work with out international co-operation.

    “Brown & Darling decided to use taxpayers’ money to bail out the banks” – with international agreements on how to get them to pay back but have since been retracted due to corporate puppets now occupying number 10, and other major nations accross the globe who have chosen to ensure the working man, women and students will pay for this.

    i’m not defending many of the crimes by the labour government including not ensuring workers and students were protected from this disaster, but teddy i think it’s you thats is swallowing the Conservative/corporate lie, Mr Tory bwoy.

    stay strong Jody.

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  47. Jody are a real inspiration to me mate, big love and respect bro, we resist to win and we have a world to win!!

  48. You’ve 1 POWERFUL heart! You’ve emphasized with others especially Palestinians. You’ve had tear gas thrown at you. You’ve been beaten, thrown out of your wheelchair, abused, been stripped of your human rights! AND STILL YOU’RE AS POWERFUL AS A LION!

    You’d expect someone with a disability to have limits! You clearly have NON! You’re an inspiration to all, especially me, I’ve been bullied for 11 years! And I’m beginning to give up! You however spent 9 months in Palestine! Those 9 months are 1’000’000 times worse as my time being spent bullied! And now you’re confronting terrorising policemen in riot gear! Standing up to heartless policemen on horses, who could kill you and get away with it!!!

    And you now say you weren’t a victim?! Mashallah! I’m sure God has a special place for you reserved in heaven, including the fact that you’re disabled. .

    Good news! You have a new fan, or in better words FRIEND! .

    These stories are nice to hear. Keep them coming please.

    Thank You!

  49. A guy in parliament square saying how his mother had been dragged out of her wheelchair by the cops, and to get ready for a possible horse charge. I thought, “His mother, a little old lady in a wheelchair, WTF?”
    I now realize that must have been your brother heard through my cloth ears.
    So huge kudos to you and your bruv, and thanks for the heads up it didn’t go unheeded.

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  51. These new fees for universities are perhaps the most misunderstood piece of legislation for a while now.

  52. Peter Reynolds

    It was the banks and Gordon Brown

  53. yearzerowriters

    I completely support your protest.

  54. I’ve read some of these posts by Peter Reynolds.
    Without being too rude,you are barking mad.
    I expect your house is covered in tinfoil.
    When you become a bit more lucid,please explain what type of policing you would approve of. One where everyone gets let off and it’s all pink and fluffy?

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  56. Peter Reynolds

    You call me barking mad while suggesting that my house is “covered in tin foil” and that I want policing where “everyone gets let off and it’s all pink and fluffy”?

    You call me barking mad?

    Anyway, why are you trolling on the site of a brave young man who’s been brutalised by the police?

    If you want to argue with me, have some manners and show a little respect for Jody. You know where to find me.

  57. “as powerful as a lion” – I love it. So true!

    Love the video too, so proud xxx

  58. To all those blaming the Tories for the student fees issue – please remember that Browne is a friend of Labour and Mandelson. The IPPR who tackled the issue in the first place is a labour think tank, which inspired many of New Labour’s disastrous policies.
    One of the options was to completely bar middle-class students from obtaining grants or loans. It is the IPPR that has driven the fees increase from the beginning.
    Under the Tories, university tuition was *free*. The drive to push more and more students into university has led to uni’s demanding higher and higher fees.
    I realise that many students will dump the Lib Dems after they brazenly broke their very convincing promise not to vote for a fee increase, but before you go rushing back to Labour, please be aware of where they take their advice.
    The new system may not be ideal, but it’s surely better than some students being completely excluded, or universties closing, or only taking students from abroad because they pay a much higher level of fees.
    When protesting, be careful what you wish for. Please allocate blame where it is due, not just where someone has told you to place it.

  59. It was the whole shagging lot of them, from Cromwell on! The most recent problems started with deregulation it the 80s and 90s under the Tories, continued by Labour and now being completed by the ConDems. They’re all the bloody same – bring on the revolution.

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  62. Put your trust in your sword, and your sword in the police.

  63. Great account, we need more bloggers posting the truth about what happens at protests, I’m sick of just reading halfarsed biased media reports online.
    Looking forward to fighting by your side against the disabled allowance cuts.

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  65. The keyboard is now mightier than the sword, especially when someone like Jody takes the time to share such a shocking account so humbly.

    Sky news just referred to this blog, glad that they did as they wouldn’t be allowed to upset the system by reflecting on events the way Jody has.

  66. This was my thought too when I heard what had happened to Jody. To pull someone out of their wheelchair could possibly have massive ramifications and could do incredible damage to someone with a condition such as yours, or for someone with, for instance, muscular dystrophy, where their wheelchair could be supporting their body to protect it from harm. Horrendous to think that someone who potentially cannot physically defend themselves could be attacked and damaged this way.

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  68. Why is this not shown on the mainstream media I wonder?

  69. Will there be a Civil War in 2011?

  70. Jody Mcintyre dragged out of his wheelchair and beaten by police BBC Radio 4 World Tonight http://bbc.in/h2VEvh http://bbc.in/X4rkS

  71. I have just seen the report on The News at Ten.

    The actions of the Police are simply unacceptable. It brings back a strong reminder of how the the last Conservative Government used the police against the Miner’s.

    I know who the Police are here to protect, and it’s not ordinary people like me.

    Jody, sue these morons for every penny they have.

  72. What happened to you was disgusting in my opinion and there’s no two ways about it, absolutely disgusting. Someone linked me to the a youtube video of what happened and I had to pause it, I couldn’t watch a second more. You’re brave and I hope you get some justice and the police will be held accountable for their actions against you. We need more people like you, brave enough to speak out about the brutality they face when fighting for something they believe in. Don’t stop fighting and never stop believing in your cause, don’t let them take that away from you.

  73. I am sorry to hear what happened to you. It is vital you complain to IPCC and get your story into the mainstream media. You did a good job on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight.

    We have to counter that the violence came from the street. We have media hystria being whipped up to justify further repression including the use of water cannon and rubber bullets.

    We need a Public Inquiry. Something clearly went wrong on the day. It started out as a peaceful day. People were partying on the street, it was a carnival atmosphere. Why then did a carnival and good spirits end in a riot? End with people being illegally detained in a kettle on Westminster Bridge?

    We have to stop the lies being spread by mainstream media and our disgraceful political elite. The situation is being deliberately inflamed to justify an ever more draconian and violent clampdown.

    We have the right to protest without fear of being attacked by the police.


  74. Just a quick note of support Jody. Having been out of the country for a few days, I’ve only just discovered what happened and am appalled at how you were treated.

    I hope you have reported this to your local police station as a hate crime – I don’t care if Officer KF936 was wearing a badge, that doesn’t excuse him for this complete dereliction of his duties – if this swine doesn’t lose his badge, there is no justice and even less hope.

    All the best.


  75. I saw you on TV tonight making mincemeat of that right wing scumbag interviewer. You are an inspiration and I take my hat off to you, Sir.

  76. good on you mate, just heard you’re taking the fight forward! i’m sure you’ve got loads of eye-witness support, but we’re all with you, whether we saw it first-hand or not. we all saw friends battered and bruised, we all know the shitty things they did. good luck, stay strong.

  77. A number of us currently at the UWE Occupation just watched the video of your BBC interview and wish to express our respect and solidarity. Well argued case and you said what was needed. Props for the Palestine dig at the Beeb as well.

  78. Jody,
    I really, really admire and respect you after seeing you on the news. I literally have no words to say how proud I am to call you a fellow student, and I wish I’d seen you whilst I was at the protest so that I could’ve helped you.
    You are an amazing, amazing man; keep doing what you’re doing.

  79. Dominic Geraghty

    Great interview – I’m really impressed with how you dealt with the idiotic questions from Ben Brown.

  80. Jody, I just want to say that I saw your interview with the BBC and you did amazingly! It really exposed how closed minded and agenda pushing the BBC are and you did well to defend yourself and the rest of the protestors out there and point to the real problem here which the media and politicians are choosing to ignore – ridiculous increases in tuition fees.

    Keep it up.

  81. Hey Jody, good report. Excellent performance on BBC aswell. You didn’t back down to the tone the combative interviewer apparently representing an “anti-revolutionary” public was trying to set. Was refreshing to see an interviewee providing a clear rebuttle of polarising media tactics as well as highlighting the “displacing of the issue” practices inherent in the current rotten mass media system. You made that “journalist” look like a joke! Am reading a lot of Raymond Williams at the moment and this quote came to mind hearing you lay it out clear and simple: “The shock of vitality, when other conceptions of argument and discussion occasionally break through, is the best evidence of the deadness of the familiar and now orthodox routines of displacement.” Keep up the good work comrade.

  82. The interview by Ben Brown on News Night of disabled protester Jody McIntyre plumbed new depths by the BBC. The whole tenor of the interview seemed to somehow suggest that the victim of the vicious assault by the police was in some way to blame for the assault. I have filed a complaint with the BBC and I would urge others to do the same.

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  84. You are a total inspiration.

  85. I have a feeling Ben Brown will be seeking other employment shortly. On a wider note, the BBC needs destroyed and we all know it.

  86. Amazing job on the BBC, Jody – thank you!

  87. Hi Jody,
    I’m from Finland, I saw your interview on youtube with the BBC. I thought you did a great job. Almost certainly the most intelligent argumentation I heard from anyone, journos, pliticians or students, about the protests. The BBC anchor was an amateur and you comprehensively ridiculed his line of argument. Nothing else really, just wanted to say well done and thanks.

  88. Solidarity greetings from the Netherlands.
    I saw you on BCC tv, making very important points. Well done!
    Hope you’re okay.

  89. Peter Reynolds

    You were magnificent in your interview on BBC Breakfast just now. Well done!

  90. Just saw your interview on the BBC. Completely shocked by what happened to you, but impressed by how you spoke out and what you said (despite the BBC interviewer trying to stop you talking!). You made the issues very clear and although I am very sorry that happened to you, I appreciate your speaking out on behalf of other protestors who faced police violence in the student protests – and on behalf of those who believe in the right to peaceful protest and free speech.

  91. Peter Reynolds

    My complaint to the BBC about your treatment:

    Bullying Of Jody McIntyre by Bill Turnbull

    I was absolutely disgusted at Bill Turnbull’s hectoring of Mr McIntyre. Particularly when Mr McIntyre quite reasonably said it was important to contextualise what had happened to him, Turnbull tried to shout him down and prevent him from explaining properly. Turnbull’s whole attitude was to suggest that McIntyre was responsible in some way for the assault on him and to cast doubt on his veracity and motives. It seemed clear that Turnbull was determined, perhaps even under orders not to allow Mr McIntyre to explain the widespresaead police brutality which he had witnessed. The BBC has a duty to expose the disgraceful, incompetent and brutal conduct of the police at the protest in question and not to participate in the shutdown of information that the government wants. All our policemen are NOT wonderful. Many officers at the protest actively set out to attack and bully protestors. Bill Turnbull was doing the same thing. It was only the magnificent courage of Mr McIntyre that enabled him to face down Turnbull’s bullying and explain what happened to him.

  92. Just saw the interview on YouTube – has to be the most impressive interviewee response I have ever seen. Congratulations on arguing so strongly and clearly against what appeared to be a interviewer with an agenda to push.

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  94. Percy Throwers Fingers

    Why not? Are you saying that disabled people should get special treatment because they are not like able bodied people?

    If a disabled person assaulted a police officer would you say the same?

    Obstructing a police officer (as was the case) is a crime by law. This activist knows what he is doing, using his disability to make a statement.

  95. “Flagrantly disregarding video evidence of a physically disabled person dragged across the road, Ben instead insinuates that Jody’s claims of revolution on his website combined with his menacing “rolling” towards an “army of police officers armed with weapons” are enough to justify such violence. This logic is ludicrous and unfounded, almost irrelevant, but the thing that pisses me off the most about this video is the constant fucking interrupting, which comes off as contemptuous censoring.”

    Read more at http://ewfbtw.blogspot.com/2010/12/news-ben-browns-interview-with-jody.html

  96. Jody, you are a brave and courageous man. I have just seen your interview on the BBC and the way in which Ben Brown treated you is absolutely appalling. First the Met, and now this, when are people going to realise that you’re the victim of a vicious assault? I wish you all the best, and hope that you are able to protest peacefully and without harm in the future.

  97. Nobody seems to have considered the possibility that this gentleman had broken the law.

    You all seem absolutely certain that the police were totally unreasonable.

    But why? What evidence do you have that this is true, and where can I see it?

  98. Hey,
    I just watched your interview with Ben Brown on the BBC and I got a real kick out of it. You really showed him what for! I especially liked the line about their coverage of Palestine. Respect.

  99. It been pointed out before that anarchism is about freedom from the State, not financial reliance on it.

  100. I just watched your interview with the BBC and it was incredible, you maintained such restraint in the line of ridiculous questioning and the dig at their coverage on Palestine was brilliant. Why there weren’t pictures of you or Alfie or any of the other hundreds of students beaten and abused by the police splashed across the front page of every paper demonstrates the institutional bias we are up against.

  101. Hi Jody – Just saw your BBC interview and wanted to let you know you did a very good job of portraying yourself professionally and making good points (in contrast to the interviewer, who came across as something of a bigot). Will be following your blog now, good luck in dealing with the police!

  102. Also, thanks for continually emphasising that the real issue is cuts, not protests or associated media theatrics

  103. the dude asked if you was rolling towards the police. you did not answer. you are also a human being so, like the police, you should also be held accountable for your actions.


  104. I’m somewhat bemused by the comments on which party “ruined the country”.

    When will people realise it is just “government” that ruins countries?

    Respect for and solidarity with Jody, Alfie, and the student movement, from Dublin.

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  106. You are wonderful, and you rock my world! I learned about your ordeal this morning on BBC breakfast: the interview was disgusting, and I too am one of those who complained, but I was pleased that they drew attention to your courage: in that respect, any publicity is good publicity! What you went through this morning goes beyond harassment. It shows how little we have progressed when it comes to disability equality: despite all of the so-called policies, we are still made to feel like the problem! And in reality, very few disabled people would have had the confidence and eloquence to stand up to this morning’s intimidation, because of the Velvet Oppression most of us are raised in. You have my respect, and if you decide to get some direct action protests happening on related issues, I’ll be right beside you: and better still I’ll fill them for you! Keep up the excellent work: you rock!

  107. You’re absolutely bang on, with everything it would seem. I had a similar experience at the protest before last- after being kettled for 3 hours in the snow I could barely walk due to having Lupus and Fibromyalgia (amongst various secondary things) and while I was being escorted out to be arrested (for no reason) I was dragged and pushed along by a police officer, despite the fact I was using crutches and told the officer I was having trouble walking. No one should be treated like that by the people who are meant to be there to protect us and our rights, let alone people who clearly have physical difficulties.

    I saw your interview on the news and thought you were completely brilliant, with all the issues in context and perspective despite the way the media want to portray it.

    I just want to wish you the best of luck with your complaint, and you’ll be representing everyone who has been treated like shit in protests (which is a massive amount of people I’d imagine). So good luck, you seem to be doing a great job of it already.

  108. Just seen the way you handled that horribly accusatory BBC interviewer. Bloody good job mate.

  109. bigchieftablet

    Congratulations on your performance on the BBC. It was fantastic.
    All the best

  110. I saw your interview with Ben Brown. You were absolutely amazing. You completely destroyed his arguments – I can’t believe he was so openly biased!

    You’re a real inspiration, brave & articulate.

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  112. Dear Jody,

    I just saw the video of your BBC interview. I liked it so much how you dealt with that journalist, who was trying to convince us of what a dangerous person you are. Not only that, he tried to use highly questionable rhetorical tricks to do so. But you didn’t allow him to get away with it. I’m so happy there is people like you in this world.


  113. they should have clamped you instead

  114. +1 to the BBC complaint on Ben Brown’s interrogatory style, he was rude and extremely biased. I remain totally impressed by Mr. McIntyre’s articulate stance. Respect!

  115. I just saw the BBC interview with Jody about this and have complained about the standards of interviewing. If anyone finds it useful, the text of my complaint is below, which you can absolutely tailor and use as you see fit. Go here to complain about Ben Brown’s interview on 13.12.10 at 20:08: https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/.


    I am complaining about the standards of interviewing by Ben Brown on 13.12.10 at 20:08. His subject was Jody McIntyre. Throughout the interview, Brown’s tone (both stylistically and vocally) is patronising, belittling and provocative. He constantly repeats questions he has already received comprehensive answers to in what seems to be an attempt to aggravate and rile his subject. He seems to take an accusative stance rather than an investigative one.

    By contrast, McIntyre answers with frankness, openness and honesty. McIntyre is a member of the public and not a figure in the public eye who may expect more critical questioning: the way in which Brown conducted the interview was inappropriate and needlessly aggressive. Please find below specific details of my complaints, roughly in order of the interview. I am basing my observations on this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXNJ3MZ-AUo.

    1. After Brown asked McIntyre why he had not yet made an official complaint to the police and receiving a full and comprehensive answer (that McIntyre was considering his options, taking legal advice and would indeed be making a complaint in the near future), Brown followed up by saying “it’s been a few days since this happened – why haven’t you complained before?”. This was a pointless question, considering the answer McIntyre had already given. At worst, it is provocative and condescending.

    2. Brown then twice asks McIntyre whether he was “rolling towards the police”. Brown seems to be implying that McIntyre may have provoked the police reaction by his own behaviour. Not only is the question tasteless and inappropriate, it is underhanded and devious.

    3. Brown goes on to say that McIntyre has been labelled as a “radical” and a “revolutionary”. The use of inflammatory language here is not justified in the context of the interview. Rather than trying to find out McIntyre’s version of events, Brown seems to be more interested in characterising and labelling McIntyre in some way.

    4. Despite having been told that McIntyre is unable to use his own wheelchair and knowing that he suffers from cerebral palsy, Brown asks him whether he had been throwing anything at the police. A little later, Brown asks the question again, despite having received an answer to the negative. Brown seems to be deliberately trying to provoke McIntyre with repetitive and accusative questioning.

    5. After asking whether McIntyre could have done “anything that induced the police” to react in the way they did, Brown goes on to label McIntyre as a “revolutionary”. McIntyre counters by asking if, as a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, he could be considered a threat. Brown repeats his “revolutionary” statement. Two points:
    (a) Specifically in McIntyre’s case: there is a clear implication here that the police reaction may have been justified if McIntyre himself was a “revolutionary”. This is an illogical and misleading position to take.
    (b) More broadly: this is a misleading and accusative question with dire implications. Brown seems to be saying that being a “revolutionary” (which is not defined by Brown) makes violent actions by the police justifiable. Brown’s use of language here is facile, moronic and potentially dangerous.

    6. Brown rudely interrupts McIntyre when he begins to make a point about BBC bias in their coverage of both the student demonstrations and Palestinian conflict with yet another repeated question. Having been told on three occasions that McIntyre would be making a complaint to the police, Brown ends the interview by asking the question yet again. It could be seen that Brown was trying to imply that by not yet making his complaint, McIntyre was somehow in the wrong. McIntyre had comprehensively answered this question by this point, so for Brown to ask it yet again is idiotic, pointless and potentially misleading.

  116. Just a quick message to say keep fighting the good fight. I remember being charged by the police and horse during the poll tax riot twenty years ago and nothing seems to have changed. Only just watched the BBC interview, shocked by the line of questioning. Great to see you confront him on his stupid line of questions. Always stay a revolutionary no matter how long it takes to change things for the better. Best wishes Tim

  117. That wasn’t Bill Turnbull – its Ben Brown

  118. Early Morning here in Colorado- US news is picking up your story now, and I just filled out the BBC complaint form regarding sorry excuse for a reporter Ben Brown.

  119. I was so outraged by that BBC interview I composed a jam in protest, You can find it here


    good luck jody, you have an army behind you.

  120. Thanks for this. It’s hard to know exactly what is going on when you have no eyes or ears in the centre of things and are limited to reports from state media…I saw your interview with Ben Brown. Well done. Keep up the good work!

  121. Why did you refuse to move when the police instructed you to?

  122. I think the way you dealt with the interview last night was amazing. I can’t quite believe the interviewer tried to imply the attack was your fault! He seemed to say that by having strong opinions and sharing them you were somehow a physical threat to the police. So much for freedom of speech! Clearly by the reaction your words are having an effect. Keep going! You are a truly inspirational man.

  123. huge respect to you Jody

    what youre doing is righteous and inspirational

    i was in the first uk kettle in 2000, protested for a while after, but have slipped back to my armchair these days
    You’ve inspired me to pursue the politicians and hold them to account from there. A lot less hardship to it than you took on the 9th and before, but just wanted to let you know your voice is ringing out, and a groundswell is building beyond the streets

    stay brave and strong


  124. Your an inspiration.

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  127. You went out of your way to antagonise the police and stir up trouble, what did you expect?

  128. I second this. I can’t even express how angry I was at that interview! You held your own against that scumbag brilliantly and I just hope you receive the justice you deserve.

  129. Kudos to you. I’m not with you on the cuts to students but my reason for commenting is beyond the politics. Disgraceful treatment from the police, ridiculous comments from the BBC, and a brilliant job getting your points across and making verbal mincemeat of the interviewer.

  130. Only just seen “the interview.” You are my new hero, sir.

  131. I just want to say you were fantastic on bbc news. You managed to show up the media bias, the corrupt government and the police brutality despite the manipulative questions of the god awful presenter. You have done our cause proud.

  132. Just watched your interview… you are an absolute inspiration. Thank you SO much for making the points the really important points that the media hasn’t been reporting.

  133. fuckinger coppers. With you 100%.

  134. You Have A Courageous Heart

    It’s hearts like yours that lead to change. It’s really good to know that you are there.

    People complain about the protest not remaining peaceful. I’m not in favour of attempting harm on any person whatsuevr. But the destruction of property, especially government property to make a point and disruption and even chaos in the streets is what is needed. What was the use of all the peaceful protests against the Iraq war? Hundreds of thousands of ‘peaceful protests’ amounting to no change and no care really from the government. If the Iraq protesters had caused some mayhem around Parliament it would have been better. The Poll Tax riots I remember wrecked Oxford Street. I’m Sure Theresa May would love a load of people peacefully marching around London between white lines and police bollards who all went home for a nice cup of tea in the evening. But that would have no effect.

    Students should call their international brothers and sisters to the cause and really bring government to a halt.

  135. Perhaps because, as he continually asserts in the interview, he didn’t shout (which is not a crime, by the way) or throw anything at the police. He was just at a protest.
    As for this “rolling towards the police” allegation, I was there too, and the police had absolutely surrounded us; at some point, Jody would have had to have been near them.
    Also, I am quite appalled that you seem equally certain that the police could ever have acted reasonably in dragging a disabled man out of his wheelchair and across the floor.
    By the way, here’s the footage:

    They see Jody, and say “Oh, there’s the guy who made a speech earlier”. The next thing they know, he’s being dragged out his chair (this appears to be quite far away from the police lines, by the way) and they’re yelling “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”
    Their reactions seem to indicate to me that there was no provocation on Jody’s part.

  136. I didn’t know that approaching a police officer was a crime that you should be dragged across a road for. Or are there other actions you believe Jody did to merit such treatment?

  137. I assume because he wanted to try to stop the cavalry charge at his students.

  138. Sorry, that should read “his fellow students.”

  139. Yeah, GK you moron… who pays for the police? Us the working-class. There has to be other methods forward than people just turning around suing the police, NHS, local council etc.

    At the end of the day, not a single police officer involved, those who command it and the Government are paying for it. When these bodies are sued its not a fine to the individual involved but taxing the taxpayer. It is defeatism.

    This said, you aren’t actually a moron at all, but people need to think outside the box. Jody clearly isn’t doing this just for himself.

    Yes, Jody was (apparently) asked to move and he refused… so in effect he was provoking the police.

    In a similar way that if I just ignored a person, if they came up to hit me, this violent act isn’t justified by my actions of not paying them attention. I believe in karma but there isn’t no significant justification between one act to the other. The same applies here – it isn’t the “live by the sword, die by the sword” scenario.

    As far as I am aware, this took place on a road, which had been shut off and thus there was no lawful authority to request any person to move and there was no lawful restrictions (such as a law) broken by not moving.

    I believe in equality. This will remain a big example against police brutality because Jody is in a wheelchair – so this is more socially unacceptable. Everyone is equal in dignity and rights so I don’t see this as a greater infringement on Human Rights then say the next act of police brutality; although it does raise questions as to why the police felt it was necessary to remove Jody from his wheelchair which he requires – and to make no attempt of moving the wheelchair and relocating him elsewhere.

    This is besides the point to be mishandled and victimised, however, in the defence of the police force; if they were to have any form of defence they must prove the intention was to relocate him to uphold the law whilst being negligent in the handling of Jody due to the dynamics of the situation. They must also prove that he broke the law or such action was in the interest of public safety (even if he had not broken the law).

    The video is too dark and poor quality however it clearly shows, regardless of what was allegedly supposed to have happened before, that there was no intention to move the wheelchair and that there was no issue of public safety being affected by Jody being where he was.

  140. What ever happened to peaceful protesting? I know a lot of you want to believe that the police are out for blood but it wasn’t them that threw the first punch. The student protesters were destructive and violent and the police responded by adopting serious crowd control tactics. Cause and effect.

  141. Hi Jody,

    I saw the video of your interview by this truth-twisting scumbag and your ability to assert your point over his outrageous allegations filled my heart with hope that even if all odds are against us, truth can finally prevail.

    I really wish that most able bodied people could have the spine you do!!!

    My greetings from troubled Greece!

  142. BBC interviewer is an asshole, good job pwning him!

  143. Just saw the interview on BBC, you were great, absolutely spot on with everything you said, especially about media bias (when faced with such an incompetent interviewer!) Big solidarity x

  144. Best laugh I’ve had in ages reading these comments.
    What a bunch of wankers !

  145. I have just seen the video of the interview!!!

    Well Done Jody!! Well executed interview. It is good to see a genuine and honest interview from the heart, where in addition to reiterating your point so they stuck, you made your biggest point about Alfie Meadows who had to undergo brain surgery due to injuries sustained from the protest.

    It is difficult to have a live interview especially when the presenter tried to force you into giving the impression you brought the unfair treatment on yourself either by throwing “rocks” as missiles, charging the police with your wheelchair or shouting non-stop abuse, and implying a level of guilt simply because you had not filed a complaint the next day, which is completely absurd.

    You held your side well and I would be surprised how anyone watching the interview would side with the police or the BBC presenter. You also, made him sound dumb when you replied to a question he made, along the lines of “it is just a word, not an action”.

    I really liked the peak of your interview when you injected the brutal and near fatal attack of Alfie into your reply. He had not requested you mention it and it was very noble of you to raise exposure of that incident.

    Your attitude wasn’t of a selfish person – although you were the victim of the attack featured (and another) and in the spotlight – I got the impression it was more of the case of being “a” victim, in regards to you weren’t the only victim of police brutality at that protest, and far from the worst incident, you weren’t the first (i.e. previous cases at different protests) and wont be the last.

    You were a spokesperson for everyone against police brutality not just a person defending himself against his own mistreatment by authority. It was a great watch – I think I am rambling on now… the best interview I have seen in a long time! 🙂

  146. They didn’t need to literally throw him to the curb but it was obvious he was obstructing the police, they kept pointing to the oncoming horses. had he stayed in the middle of the road he could have been trampled and everyone would be up in arms about why he wasn’t moved from path of danger. the cop is in the wrong for being overly forceful but there was reason for him moving jody, regardless of popular opinion that jody was attacked for no reason. he was ultimately treated the same as an able bodied person would have been had they been obstructing the police.

  147. Hi Jody. I’ve just seen the you tube film and the interview with the BBC. I don’t know much about you and I might not agree with all your radical views, but I was quite appalled by the footage – looks like the police knew you as a “troublemaker” and decided to single you out in a bizarrely provocative way. Thank you to whoever filmed that sequence – I wonder when the plods are going to understand that now, we are all watching “Big Brother” and they cannot hide these violent and unlawful actions. My experience of the police is mixed – some of them are not the sharpest knives in the drawer and they have been psyched up for violent protest before these demos. They must be afraid and some of them will not react well to that. But I’m long past my student days and I am very uncomfortable with what my taxes are paying for here. You did well on that TV interview and I hope the professional standards guys don’t try to deny what is in front of their eyes.

    Good luck.

  148. …He,whose heart has courage,and mind of truth and justice,he is whole.

  149. I think that there were just as many protesters itching for violence as there were police, and that blame can be equally apportioned.

    That said, what happened to you was unconscionable, and I hope that the individual officer is held suitably accountable.

    You’re a brave man, Jody. And whilst I disagree with much of what you say, I’ll defend your right to say it. The way you handled that interview was admirable. For what it’s worth, you have my utmost respect.

  150. Did you attempt to assault a police officer?


  151. Jody I take my hat off to you – you handled yourself beautifully during your BBC interview and I take great inspiration from you. You got the truth out and you did it on the mainstream media. I for one don’t underestimate the power of what you did. I was sickened by the way Ben Brown spoke to you – I have to say I was not surprised or shocked by it. Surprise and shock are immediate responses to something you don’t know or don’t understand. I know and understand the way their machine works. But I was truly sickened by your treatment. However, due to the clear, sharp, precise way you handled yourself, you held you own and weren’t pushed into saying anything that would feed their machine. BBC fail! Superb Jody, truly superb.

  152. That’s exactly what our politicians want us to do. To vote for them and then sit down and enjoy our TV crap. So, may I assume, that you would never protest, even if it is your democratic right to do so, just because you ARE AFRAID of riots at demos? Today is the student’s act against cuts, tomorrow the public sector will be in danger of privatization, the following day the Chinese may come to overtake the factories in their own terms of slave work, do u think the cops will protect you? If you are afraid to do something for your own future and your children’s future, then I don’t want to be rude, but you are PATHETIC and I pity you. The whole world is affected by the recession the banks caused, so, A BIG BRAVO for Jody who, inspite his disability, stood up and endangered himself for a cause he believes is right.

  153. I’m sorry but it looks like he was asking for trouble.

  154. Just saw your BBC interview …. you were exceptional Jody, especially considering the moron you had to deal with. This is either the BBC reacting to accusations of left-wing bias, or the guy is a fucking idiot … I suspect both of these things are true. The interview in the morning wasn’t much more reassuring in these respects. Good God, words like ‘scum’ and ‘pigs’ hardly seem enough any more.

    Take care though, ok? You’re the only Jody we have.

  155. there is a response on the BBC site to everyones complaints. Its predictably lame …


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  157. nathan harrigan

    just wanted to say you handles your bbc interview about the ‘dragging incident’ like a pro. made me proud to be a young person

  158. If the BBC were so keen not to let the ‘widespread police violence’ be explained by Mr Mcintyre, then why invite him on the show? He is obviously an intelligient and particularly articulate individual, and he makes no attempt to disguise his social and political motivations…

    I believe what happened to Mr Mcintyre was wholly unnacceptable, but I am not sure that Ben Brown had any sinister motive, but rather he was ignorant and perhaps moronic in his interviewing style!

  159. Dear Mr McInyre
    Greetings from students in occupation at the University of Lincoln. We support any complaint you may make against the Metropolitan Police for the blatant manhandling to which you were subjected at the Westminster protest last week. Several members of the Occupation were also at the protest, and witnessed first-hand the repressive tactics the police were using. Regardless of the actions of ‘a rogue minority’ or whatever defamatory guff they make up, the police have no excuse at all for such degrading treatment of a human being, disabled or otherwise.
    We think you handled your BBC interview with admirable eloquence in spite of the interviewer’s unsympathetic attitude. It is obvious the man was trying your patience and I commend your restraint, I am sure many of us in your position would have resorted to much less diplomatic language.
    It galls me that the Daily Mail publishes such dreck as the utterly abhorrent article and cartoon in today’s edition, and it angers me that they have the cheek to suggest you were ‘looking for sympathy’ especially given your laudable assertion that “the students like Alfie Meadows are the real victims”. I do not think anyone in this room has lost any love for the Mail following the column; indeed we have as much contempt as ever. The most troubling aspect is the fact that this may actually reflect a widely-held opinion. It takes some discipline to maintain the idealism on which we base our views in the face of such wilful ignorance, which the right-wing press will never help to change. As a foil though, you now share Stephen Fry’s accolade of being ‘hated by the Daily Mail’ LINK, something in which I would take pride.

    Yours in Solidarity

    University of Lincoln Occupation

  160. Just seen you rip Ben Brown to shreds on the news top stuff Jody.

  161. Guido Fawkes is onto you pal! Time to get a job me thinks!

  162. He was there because he/we have a right to demonstrate, we were all born with that right, but that right, sadly, has had to be fought for – that’s why he was there – to defend his right to demonstrate. One of the quickest and easiest ways that the state can scare people off the streets is to incite, then attack a protest. I’ve seen this done myself on demonstrations, the police go in heavy handed, they push a few people here, they push a few there. They kettle people – people get angry, people defend themselves against police attacks and then the media, as did Ben Brown, do the rest. And that disinformation gets fed into brains like yours. But on this occasion because Jody was so beautiful in the way he handled himself during that interview, he showed the mainstream media for what they are – a mouth piece for the state. Jody spoke the truth and it got out on the mainstream media and I for one do not underestimate the power of that. Just to read the comments on this blog shows how powerful it was – okay you don’t agree but then your thinking has been misshaped. Mine hasn’t, it used to be but then I woke up!

    The interview with Jody will go all over the world and others like me, like Jody and those who took to the streets will take great power from it.

    I don’t know you, but from you comments you come across as a base level thinker, as someone with a restricted level of thinking; a level of thinking that as been shaped by the mainstream media. So please, sit back and look at it again and hopefully you’ll wake up.

    Because one day they might just come for you and maybe, just maybe there won’t be anyone left to defend the rights you were born with – I hope you can think about that, I hope you will but I doubt it. Have a look how the police attacked travellers in the 80’s – You Tube Battle of The Bean Field and see the footage that didn’t get on to the mainstream media when it happened.

    I totally and utterly support Jody and the student protest and more power to them.

  163. i can not express enough words to describe how impressed i was at the way you stood up for your self against the cruel BBC News interview. you gave me cause to cheer as you would not be bully’d by the BBC news reader and try’d to bring up live on air the fact that the BBC gose easy on reporting about Israel’s war crimes on palestinians .

    Keep up the good work !!

  164. You sir, are an inspiration to our dilapidated youth.

  165. Why, exactly, was he sat in the way of a mounted police advance in the first place? Was he asked to move before being manhandled? What do you think would’ve happened if he’d been allowed to stay? The level of naivety of the comments here is astounding.

  166. francis mcclean

    100% respect jody. i know a helluva lot of other people would say the same. you did yourself so proud against that despicable b.b. (i can’t even bring myself to type his name, let alone say it aloud). you’re not alone methinks….

  167. Hi Jody. I heard about what happened to you through a friend of mine in England. And I’ve watched you being interviewed by the BBC on You Tube. All I would like to tell you (for the time being) is that you are so brave and so bright in not letting (like you said) the victims being blamed for violence. I really admire your attitude and clarity. But I would also like to ask you to take really good care of yourself. I believe we really need more people like you in this world. Whatever I can do from here, Buenos Aires, I’m at your service.
    Take care!

  168. Dave Morris-Jones

    Hi Iam very angry what has happend to you dragged from your chair. I would not like to be that Police officer i would be watching my back when iam off duty. As a able bodied Man i would like to drag him round for a while. Cameron is to blame instead of taking money from Students let stop giving free money to the likes of pakistan, and other anti Western Countries they hate us anyway and are not spending all the money on aid, but on terrorism Cameron said that 1 week and next week hes giving them 30 million Pounds. As for what has happend to you, you should take them to Court , i hope you get sucsess in getting compensation. My best wishes to you Sir. Dave Chester

  169. More than lame I am afraid, I’d say worrying and definitely worth checking, commenting! Substandard journalism is a threat to democracy. I posted my comment over there on the way the controller of the BBC News Channel launched his appeal for comments:

    Mr. Kevin Bakhurst writes ‘I am aware that there is a web campaign encouraging people to complain to the BBC about the interview’.
    What ‘campaign’ is that? Is campaign the accurate word to be used by a professional in journalism to summarize people posting the video or their reaction and adding a link to the BBC complaints? Is anything that gains momentum on the internet to be considered automatically as something suspicious because one has to assume it is organized by unknown campaigners, as opposed to e.g. a genuine and spontaneous expression of indignation?
    Designating the reactions to this questionable interview as a ‘campaign’ without any argument, is substandard journalism. It also immediately alienates all those people who genuinely expressed their protest against the interview.

    And Mr. Bakhurst’s appeal for comments also rings a similar note: ‘however I am genuinely interested in hearing more from people who have complained about why they object to the interview. I would obviously welcome all other views.’
    Yes, but, if there are indeed ‘a considerable number’ of complaints (what is wrong what quoting a number?) why doesn’t Mr. Bakhurst read them to fulfill his genuine interest? Judging by the comments on Mr. McIntyre’s blog, I imagine there are numerous well expressed complaints among them.
    Or is it because all these complaints are to be taken with suspicion because they are the result of this unspecified ‘campaign’? And will the posts on this blog be honest and trustworthy?
    One can only wonder if what Mr. Kevin Bakhurst is trying to achieve here, is to create a webpage with some pro copy to score in google? Looks like this is backfiring though.

    I am in no way affiliated with any organised or spontaneous movement regarding the tuition fees or Mr. McIntyre. I live outside the UK as an expat in Africa. I respond out of indigination to both the Ben Brown interview and the way this blog thread is launched. Both seem symptomatic to me for what I’d call an alarming and ongoing lowering of standards of the BBC news services, both on television and online.”

  170. And more coverage of the reactions to the Ben Brown interview. No idea what this site is worth, but google seems to like it


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  172. I just watched the BBC news that was aired the other day on youtube where you had an interview with Ben Brown.

    You were strong, had brilliant clarity and firm. I enjoyed watching the interview and found it disgusting how Ben Brown was siding the police!
    It feels like a small victory amongst a goverment-controlled battlefield!

    Thank you.

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