Protesters: Big on noise, small on numbers

Don't let TV camera angles fool you. The protesters are barely a dot on Parliament Square

by Douglas Carswell MP on 17 April 2013 08:45

Over the next 24 hours, we'll be shown TV pictures of protesters in London at Margaret Thatcher's funeral. But don't be fooled.

The ranty, angry "protesters" are a small – if noisy – minority.

One of the things a television camera does is make a few dozen people filling the screen seem like a large crowd.

Despite what the TV cameras might have suggested about Westminster today, there is no large crowd.  Here is a photo I took of Parliament Square at the height of the "protest".

As you can see, there's lots of green grass.  A few dozen misfits in one corner standing where they hope the TV cameras can see them.  And hundreds of tourists wondering what the loons are on about.

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