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A casual glance at the news these days will see lots of journos giving the fash the publicity they crave reporting on this new craze of pro-brexit protestors in yellow hiviz jackets. Why, you might think, would people who abhor Europe and all it's works suddenly adopt the markings of a European protest movement? Why do people who object to being dismissed as gammons voluntarily clad themselves in mustard?

A little trawl through some UK primary legislation will bring you to the Public Order Act 1936 {wikipedia link for those who get the heebie jeebies at the thought of reading Acts of Parliament}, which prohibits the wearing of political uniforms on protest marches. While this may come as a surprise to many of us who have marched at Pride happily emblazoned with rainbow Libby Birds (or, for that matter, the execrable red "never kissed a tory" shirts), the Act has seen some use in recent years against fash members of the far-right political group Britain First. And if you look at the make-up of these groups of British Gilets Jaunes, they bear a striking resemblance to groups like Britain First and other far right groupings.

It's almost like, as Cass pointed out on twitter this morning, they've found a uniform that's worn by lots of people in the course of their work and thus it is difficult for the police to prosecute them for wearing it...

Of course it's properly shitty for those poor buggers who actually have to wear hiviz for work, that they are now starting to be tarred with this brush. And workplaces who change their hiviz colour to green or orange or pink off the back of this are not going to be stopping the fash from wearing those colours too. Well, the fash probably wouldn't wear pink, now I come to think of it, given how much they hate us queers... So I guess if you have a choice at work, pick the pink hiviz?

ETA: I have now seen them referred to as "Neon Nazis" and that's just too perfect to not pick up :)

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Why do people who object to being dismissed as gammons voluntarily clad themselves in mustard?

Love you. :)

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:21 pm (UTC)
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It is a marvellously bad joke. Chapeau!

Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 06:19 pm (UTC)
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It is wonderful, yes.

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Why, you might think, would people who abhor Europe and all it's works suddenly adopt the markings of a European protest movement?

Because they see themselves as part of a Europe-wide revolt against the EU? (Although the original French gilets jaunes seem to be made up of people from a very wide range of political views, and of no particularly consciously-conceived ones, united only by "taxes are too high" and "we hate that smug centrist scrote Macron".)

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:11 pm (UTC)
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And according to this one group of gilets jaunes are demanding, among other things, PR!

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:23 pm (UTC)
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If you can read French there's this - I can't understand some of the references to specific French government policies and programmes, but there doesn't appear to be any demand to leave the EU. Some broadly left-wing and anti-corporate economic stuff, strong concern to preserve local facilities in rural areas, and some mildly anti-immigrant stuff (accelerate deportation of rejected asylum seekers, reduce immigration by creating more international support facilities in refugees' home regions, make all immigrants learn to speak French and "accept French culture").

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 03:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Looking at the date of the Act, presumably it was originally intended to be used against the Blackshortsshirts, and therefore was always anti-fash?

Our local schools make the kids wear yellow hi-viz on trips, which is particularly unfortunate....

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 05:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
:( :( :(

Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 05:15 pm (UTC)
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That's fascinating. In the US, anti-gun activism is now coded high-visibility orange. People wear caps and t-shirts to protests, and pin little orange ribbons to their coats to show solidarity like red or pink ribbons for fighting diseases. Yet that same orange still means "I am a hunter or hiker, not a deer. Please don't shoot me. Thx." Actual NRA members have orange caps, and wear them in the woods during hunting season! And yet...if their kids or neighbors wear orange caps to school, they're flagging deep opposition to the NRA.

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