#Manchester #climate rally – 8 out of 11 ain’t bad.

We are so doomed.


So, of the 11 hypotheses, I was right about 8 of them. I was definitely wrong about

  • the size (but not the demographic) of the audience,
  • the gender of the first questioners, and the
  • capacity of the chair to bring speakers in on time [a valuable skill!].

Random observations

  • The lack of a roving microphone seriously disenfranchised the elderly/hard of hearing, one of whom voted with her feet.
  • Rabble rousing is all well and good. But if you’re going to be on a stage, perhaps bludgeoning people with statistics isn’t the way to go? I looked around from my filming and a lot of people had a mask of apathy rather than a mask of anarchy.
  • Become a University of Manchester student you have been trained and trained yourself to think that there is One Right Answer. In this case learning to reflect, admit mistakes and failure [even if it wasn’t your fault!!], is not in the skill set. That’s not how you get to an ‘elite’ (god help us all) university. So is perhaps very unsurprising that people were incapable of hearing that a plea for learning and reflection is not the same as a plea for a time machine.
  • Conflating Corbymania and a climate movement is more delusional than I can stomach.
  • The Civil Rights movement didn’t start with [the totally awesome] Rosa Parks. It really really didn’t. FFS.

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