Big shout out to Toyin Agbetu of Ligali, whose generally rather poor performance – by his outspoken standards – at the Points West abolition debate on Sunday, The Blogger thought not worth mentioning.
Well the boy’s certainly come good today after being arrested at Westminster Abbey for interrupting a church service to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade attended by the Queen and Tony Blair .
The activist, probably to avoid vomiting at the pomposity of it all, rose to his feet in the middle of the service and shouted “this is an insult to us” and “you should be ashamed” as he headed for the altar.
He then told the queen she should apologise and said, “I want all the Christians who are Africans to walk out now,” before being manhandled out of the Abbey himself.
He then held an impromptu press conference outside the Abbey telling the assembled crowd, “The monarch and the government and the church are all in there patting themselves on the back. It’s just a memorial for William Wilberforce.”
He was then arrested and taken away in a police car pronto.
Meanwhile, whilst the Bristol press continues its news blackout of Bristol’s Coalition of Black Groups (COGB) and their dissenting views, the black national press is certainly taking an interest:
BRISTOL – Nelson Mandela has boycotted plans to commemorate the bicentennial of the act abolishing the slave trade in Bristol after hearing of bitter divisions within the community and accusations of racism and intolerance…
The Blogger knows of at least one local journalist, not averse to receiving the odd handout from the public purse themselves, who has declined to cover COBG claiming they’re “bitter” at not receiving funding from Abolition 200.
A view that concords, precisely, with the spin emanating from Barbara Janke, her Lib Dem black councillor and appointed black community spokesperson Shirley Marshall and the city council’s press office!