New political party, Beyond Politics (BP), calls on the public to show our incompetent government how things need to be done, calling on the public to paintball, glitterbomb and roadblock to bring the government down.
The Summer of Tough Love has seen BP taking radical, weekly, direct actions aimed at demanding that corrupt systems involving food, transport, housing, NGOs and Political Parties be dismantled immediately.
A major action took place in Trafalgar Square on July 25th where people held decision-making assemblies about what actions to take.
On an unprecedented scale, 20 people will repeatedly get arrested until put on remand in prison at the end of August.
BP demands the creation of Citizens’ Assemblies to replace the current political system.
Beyond Politics is a new political party calling on the public to gather in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 25th July from 12:00 noon to act in revolt against this government until it is brought down for inaction on the climate and ecological crises.
In a statement by BP, the party declared, “The social contract is shattered. This government is committed to sending us to our deaths. We have a right and a duty to bring them down.”
BP Mayor of London candidate, Valerie Brown, says the question she asks people is simple, “Are you happy with the government?” The responses she gets clearly indicate that ordinary people are fed up but aren’t necessarily clear about what to do.
Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder and a driving force behind BP, explains the answer, “You’re alive to save the common good. Your job is to get up and do what you can do to make it better…If we’re really serious about what is going on and what needs to change, we need to do direct action and have a political party to make change. We need to be doing everything.”
BP party members and activists got the message across and made their marks in and around Trafalgar Square by blocking several roads for an hour.
The Trafalgar Square revolt comes after a series of radical weekly direct actions taken by BP aimed at drawing attention to the importance of dismantling unjust systems around food security, transport inequality and housing.
NGOs and Political Party Headquarters were also targeted for being complicit in the destruction of the planet due to insufficient action. Activists threw paint and left letters accusing them of corruption, incompetence, and inaction.
Police at the scenes have repeatedly arrested eight activists.
Arrestee, Blyth Brentnall, explained why s/he needed to act, saying, “I’m sick of the government. I felt I had to do something. We don’t know whether or not this will work, but we have to try anyway because the lives of future generations are at stake. The life of this planet is at stake.”
She continued, “We have to do this now. We’re going to keep being disruptive and getting arrested until we are put on remand in prison. The situation is desperate so desperate measures are called for. We have to deal with ordinary shit everyday. We can step up to deal with this too.”
Peoples’ Assemblies in Trafalgar Square discussed a range of topics including what makes them angry and how to bring down the government.
As set out by Extinction Rebellion’s third demand, Beyond Politics proposes that a National Citizens’ Assembly should be formed by inviting people via a process similar to the way a jury is selected in the UK.
To represent the entire population, members would be selected at random based on demographic criteria such as age, gender, ethno-cultural heritage, education level, sexual orientation, disability and geography.
Advised by an independently selected panel of experts, the assembly could instigate transformative political programmes with public support.
The revolution begins in Trafalgar Square on July 25th.