Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A chilly afternoon visit to Barton Moss

I'm going to start this blog post with a minor confession: as a general rule, I don't like marches/public demonstrations and avoid them as much as possible. In my experience, I find them frequently to be long-winded, ineffective, disempowering to participants, vulnerable to infiltration and manipulation by outside interests, and easily ignored by those in power. However, that didn't stop me going along with friends (including friend and fellow blogger Hazel Hedge) to the anti-fracking campaign solidarity march at Barton Moss in Salford last Sunday whilst I was in Yorkshire visiting friends for the weekend.

Despite my general reservations about marching and public demonstrations, I felt that this was likely to a worthwhile one to join as it wasn't claiming to be an attempt to close the exploratory fracking site or persuade stakeholders to stop the drilling, but rather an afternoon to show support for and solidarity with the campers living permanently on the roadside near the fracking site, and also an opportunity to visit Barton Moss and meet the campers in an open and family-friendly environment.