As you’re probably aware, to protest near parliament these days you have to ask for permission. Mark Thomas recently played around with this, seeing how the system worked…
Officer: Let’s have a look. What have you got here? You want a demonstration to defend Surrealism.
Mark Thomas: Yeah, I do. I can have a demonstration about anything I like.
O: Indeed you can. I just didnae know surrealism was under threat!
MT: It is.
O: How so?
MT: Because we have a government of paradox. We have a government that seeks peace through war and protects civil liberties by eroding them. This is a paradox. This is absurdism. Absurdism is the enemy of Surrealism. Ergo it is under attack.
O: I wish I’d never asked.
[Thanks James—and this gentleman for saving me typing]