Just before 6pm today former Liberal Democrat member Stuart Rodger, was arrested for throwing a blue paint filled egg at Nick Clegg in Glasgow. As he was arrested he was heard shouting "No Shock Doctrine for Britain". This is a reference to reference to Naomi Klein's book in which she describes how crises are artificially manipulated by neo-liberal Governments in order to impose economic shock therapies, such as the cuts to public services and the welfare state that, in the UK, have provoked the largest mass demonstrations in recent years.
Before today's action Stuart stated "I joined the liberal democrats 2 years ago because I wanted to stop Neo-Liberalism and so I was shocked and appalled when Nick Clegg allowed the Liberal Democrats to prop up the Tories in order to carry out an assault on the welfare state if we're going to defeat this Government we need a concerted effort to put them to a stop"
Stuart himself resigned from the Liberal Democrats after the coalition Government was formed. The blue paint was a reference to many people's disgust at the right wing direction the Liberal Democrats have taken.
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