Many thanks to Lucy from the Radical Activist Network for the hat-tip on this
Never heard of the improbably-named Blaise Belville (pictured left, with 'Lady Candida Balfour', apparently)? No, why should you have? Well, he’s the subject of another piece of fluff masquerading as journalism by the Times stylishly shallow reporter Jessica Brinton, who produced a similarly simpering piece back in December 2008 about that other annoying toff attention-seeker, Tamsin Omond of the group Climate Rush.
Our Jessica is back in yet another café in Dalston, interviewing the “coolest entrepreneur in the coolest part of the coolest city in the world”, who turns out to be nothing but a trustafarian brat from Marlborough College (£9k a term for boarders) who is paid by advertising agencies to help sell lifestyle products to rich teenagers, presumably because ad execs think he’s hip and are stupid or desperate enough to indulge this fuckwit.
Exactly - who gives a shit? But amidst the examples of his entrepreneurial smartarsedness – alongside the confession to music piracy, that is - is this gem:
“Another [ruse], at 15 — selling whistles costing 3p on eBay for £2 a pop at the Stop the War march — earned him more than £1,000 in one day.”I leave the following to Lucy, whose disgust I cannot better:
Given that volunteers were working all hours, up and down the UK, struggling to pay for anti-war leaflets, news ads, meeting rooms, coaches and mini buses to London and all the costs involved in being able to meet the organisers’ responsibilities to be “allowed” to march by the Met and by London authorities…I couldn’t agree more. Blaise Bellville, we don’t care whether Jessica Brinton thinks you’re the “Robespierre of the internet”, you’re nothing but a corporate shill, an unprincipled, materialistic empty-shell prepared to feed off other people’s anger and indignation against an illegal war.
Given that these were huge, crippling costs and the Stop the War Coalition was relying on public donations to come in via bucket collections on the demos themselves...
Does anyone else agree with me that we should publicly request that this avaricious man donate that £1000 sum to Stop The War Coalition IMMEDIATELY?
And you owe the Stop the War Coalition a grand. Pay up now, for the good of your soul.