Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Is there such a word as "propagrandstanding"? I doubt it, but here goes anyway with a true story on Sue Bradford.
One day many years ago there was a protest. Comrade Sue was there, at the front, doing what she did best. Comrade Sue had a megaphone and was going off. She was also on private property (a Hotel in central Auckland I think) with other associated riff raff. The TV cameras were there as were the cops.
Comrade Sue was told many times (too many times I suspect) that she was trespassing and if she didn't desist she would be arrested. But of course that was Comrade Sue's aim.
Defiant as ever Comrade Sue contined and she was arrested.
Comrade Sue then put up the most almighty fight ever seen to man. She was screaming, shouting, frothing at the mouth and carrying on like a Touretts sufferer with Epilepsy.
All the time the TV cameras filmed this. It made the news that night.
When Comrade Sue was arrested she was also handcuffed and then dragged around to the back of the police paddywagon. When she arrived around the back with the burly boys in blue hanging on to her, and the TV cameras out of sight, she stopped performing, calmed right down, and as polite as punch turned to the cops and said "hey, the TV cameras are off me now, you can take the handcuffs off"
That, readers, is what Sue Bradford is trained in.