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Jody McIntyre: Here’s An Opposing View

SO. What news of Jody MacInytre, the cerebral palsy sufferer filmed being hauled from his wheelchair by police during the students fees protest in London? He was a University student who won a place to study:

I lasted approximately three days at University before dropping out. Clearly, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Talking to Ben Brown on the BBC, Macintrye says he does not look like a threat. But can who is and who is not a threat be so easily ascertained?  Brown does his argument few favours with the line:

“There’s a suggestion that you were rolling in the direction of the police.”

Had only the police stood on top of a slope.

Anyhow, this is what he had to say about his involvement at the first student demo, when a fire extinguisher was tossed off the roof by one Edward Woollard:

But then, the chants changed… “To the stairs! To the stairs!” Two policemen blocking a tiny door were soon brushed aside, and around fifty of us forced our way through before they had a chance to re-seal the entrance.

It was an epic mission to the top. Nine floors; eighteen flights of stairs. Two friends carried my wheelchair, and I walked. We couldn’t give up now.

When we finally made it to the roof, a feeling of calm descended. I looked over the edge; thousands of students, three massive bonfires and masses of passion still occupied the courtyard. The Tory’s HQ was on it’s last legs. And we were on the roof.

This is only the start.

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Posted: 15th, December 2010 | In: Reviews | Comments (11)