Twitter won't bring down governments, people will

From the media coverage of events in Egypt you could be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering as to how the Russian Revolution was even possible at all in the days before Twitter.

Let's be clear, I'm sure the Interweb is a great place to organise protests to bring down a government or even overthrow a whole political system.

In fact, I think we should try it in Britain.

The bunch of cowboys currently in charge of running the country certainly have no real mandate to be there. They've torn up the manifestos full of promises that supposedly form the basis of the electorate's decisions when it comes to exercising a vote, and have gone about shoring up their vested interests - big business - while screwing the man in the street, as is usual Tory policy.

But what of the Limp Dims? This is a party that for years has postured as an alternative to mainstream politics; a bunch of aspirational politicians who, when faced with the prospect of having no real power, were able to protest on behalf of the downtrodden, to speak out in defence of the environment, to not worry about suggesting that taxation might have to rise to fix some of the problems facing the country. These fly-by-nights threw all that out of the window when the carrot of real power was dangled in front of their narcissistic faces.

What is surprising about the coverage of the events in Egypt is the apparent broad acceptance of the idea that the voice of the people should be heard. When so many people take to the streets to protest against a cranky old leader who's ruled with an iron fist for 30 years, the people should be listened to.

In that regard, US State department spokesman PJ Crowley said using social media was a right as fundamental "as walking into a town square," suggesting that Egypt's blocking of Twitter and Facebook, followed by its downing of Internet connectivity across the country, was an attack on the population's human rights. We can, perhaps, ignore the fact that both Facebook and Twitter are located in California, safe in the knowledge that Crowley's remarks would undoubtedly be different if the world's biggest social networking sites were headquartered in, say, Shanghai - or, horror of horrors, Tehran.

What Crowley is saying is that people have the right to communicate with one another using whatever means they have at their disposal, no matter what it is they are discussing - even if, as in this case, that happens to be the overthrow of a government.

Of course, if we were to organise a British revolution online, you could be sure that the counter argument will be enforced. And that US snoops would be lining up to help their British counterparts rifle through such communications and decide whose doors to break down and who to line up against the wall on charges of sedition, of treason, or planning unauthorised gatherings of more than four people in a pub.

What happens when the British populace takes to the streets to protest the latest governmental stitch-up? Kettling, beatings, the murder of passers-by by unbadged coppers and the filming of everyone carrying a black flag for later identification and arrest, that's what.

Yet, when Arabs take to the streets to try to overthrow a corrupt regime propped up by American dollars for generations of abuse, the response is one of benign acceptance that the people will be heard. Unless, of course, the people decide they want a fundamentalist regime, in which case the F16s will soon be appearing over the horizon to deliver a payload of shocking awe.

Enough of this hypocrisy and double dealing, I say. Take to the streets, and oust Cameron and his public school network of self-serving exploiters, tax avoiders and merchant bankers!

It's the policies of the West that have brought North Africans out onto the streets. Average food prices rose by 3.4 per cent between December 2010 and January 2011 - the seventh consecutive monthly increase. The rises can be traced directly to the door of rip-off bankers and the ludicrous 'bail out' in which billions of our own pounds were handed to these overstuffed turkeys for them to dole out to themselves in the form of 'bonuses'.

You may be feeling the pinch in Britain, but you won't be dying of hunger - yet. You will be soon.

Act now before it's too late and before your every Internet utterance is traced back to you and the doors are kicked in even before you get to the town square to demonstrate.

Big Brother is coming to the web. Use it while you still have a chance.

There's no time like the present.