Good luck to everyone protesting against the G20 Summit in London over the next couple of days.
One of the problems demonstrators face is actually getting to do anything without journalists standing in the way. Whilst the police can be relied upon to bring London to a standstill on our behalf (who said they were useless?) the media really serve no useful purpose at all, other than getting under your feet.
Another element to consider is the undercover journalist, who infiltrates meetings or demonstrations in an attempt to gain a story they believe is only obtainable by subterfuge. One day Anarchists need to turn the tables on this - get a job with a newspaper and report on the extent to which employment law, professional ethics and drugs legislation are flouted on a daily basis by journalists - but this week we can have some fun by looking out for jobbing journos disguised as protestors.
My all time favourite in this field is the BBC's Emma Simpson. I first met the lovely Emma at an organising meeting for May Day 2000. Having a bit of a taste for fesity 5 foot 1 Scottish babes, I was even more delighted to see her in Parliament Square, just before the Guerilla Gardening began, and shortly before the statue of Winston Churchill gained his legendary green mohican. Sadly the casually dressed Emma was not interested in my weedy chat up lines - she instead wanted to grill me about the days events, and had a series of leading questions that would have put a trained interrogator in the Lubyanka to shame.
Realising her true motives, and with my heart broken, I could barely manage a smile when I told Emma a rather big porkie - that a series of sound systems would be entering Parliament Square at any minute. "From which direction?" she shouted so excitedly. In time honoured tradition, I made my excuses and left. Emma Simpson - you broke my heart!
Anarchists everywhere - look out for undercover journos today!