After a long drive back from Birmingham not so long ago, I entered my part of town and as I passed the Train Station I was struck by the number of really strange looking people that were milling around.
One looked like a goth version of Santa, another a fully fledged badass looking Hell's Angel. One guy had an old 70's punk parakeet look going on, and there were a lot of goth girls wearing camouflage jackets and Doc Marten boots etc.
I honestly thought there was a fancy dress party going on somewhere.
I carried on up the road and noticed more, and by the time I got to about a mile from home there was a steady throng.
I'd never seen these people before, and believe me, I would have remembered.
There is a main road that I must drive along before turning down my own road, and this main road suddenly had barricades either side, and rows of beaten up old flower power painted vans and about two hundred more Addams family relatives huddled together, many of them shouting through megaphones.
I had to slow for a policeman and he waved me through quickly once he realised I was just a boring conformist motorist. I drove another hundred yards or so and turned down my road.
Later, on the main news, I heard that the Bildeberg people were meeting at the posh hotel on that main road, and the mob were there to protest against it all.
They sort of ran rampage around the area for the three days of the meeting, and friends of mine who are right next to the hotel grounds had their garage broken into and loads of stuff taken. Someone shat in their front garden and the plants all trodden down.
Their neighbours had much the same stuff happen, and when the mob finally went at the end of the three days the filth and mess left behind had to be seen to be believed.
These people obviously had advance warning that Bildeberg was happening, and the organisation behind it all was very impressive.
A lot of these folk do this full time, and when they pack up from one place they head to the next.
The local people don't have a clue as to who these people are, and if you asked the normal bloke in the street next to that (above mentioned) fracking demo whether they wanted these people there, they would probably say no.
I know there was a demo against the demonstrators in another fracking site last year where the locals turned up to politely ask the rent a mob to **** off somewhere else.
These professional demonstrators know their legal rights down to the finest detail, and they can all spout expert facts as to why they are there, but if you asked them where the nearest wildfowl trust park was, or what they thought of the local conservation efforts, they would not have a clue.
Professional demonstrators are usually ignorant of the local area and a pain in the arse.