Warning – Random political rant
Walking through Hyde Park during the pseudo-spring this country witnesses – I came across a strange prophet. It was a funny experience, as always the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park has its share of loons and political rhetoric.
This particular chap (calling himself the Pizza Prophet) insisted it was time for a new religion, and one of the fundamental beliefs had to be at least one “food item” being banned. It led to much hilarity as he decided that pork and beef couldn’t be that one food item, as they were already taken, and so people came up with fish and apples. Others suggested that food of a certain kind – like Pizza or Sausages be taboo.
Perhaps it’s the recession, or the financial crisis. Or it’s ennui affecting the entire country – but the BNP and its many cousins like the EDL are having a field day. A cab driver the other day said he was a member of the BNP, and he wanted people like me to go back where I come from. He muttered something about St George. I asked him if he knew that St George wasn’t English or even British. In fact he was born in Turkey and died in Palestine.
I gave the cabbie a tip anyway. He said “I don’t mind people like you here. It’s the others I want out”. I asked him if he meant he didn’t mind people who gave him tips. He had no response. Thanks to the traffic jam I grilled him for a full five minutes about why he was a BNP supporter. The scary bit was that he didn’t know. Had no idea. There was rhetoric and more rhetoric. He might as well have believed the Pizza Prophet. But he wouldn’t want to give up on his pizza or sausages I guess.
He then told me liked Indian curry. There’s a joke in there somewhere, I am yet to figure it out though.