The Bagpipe March for Free Speech


A good natured but passionate demonstration took place Monday 23rd April 2018 to protest about the threat to humour and free speech. This video is filled with inspiring bagpipe music which uplifts the spirit and made it a joy to participate in.

About protesters gathered in Leicester Square and marched on Downing Street to melodious bagpipe tunes. There was a friendly liaison with police, but the protesters  conveyed a strength of feeling about the UK political and legal establishment penalizing comedy and attacking those they think have committed hate speech.

Many bystanders voiced their support along the route.



I was the first to arrive at Leicester Square. I got there just before 11am on 23rd April 2018.

It was a sunny but with a thin veil of cloudy patches and a chill wind, just to enough to take away the desire to strip and absorb the sun’s rays. Although, these days, I feel the threat of contracting skin cancer has been a sufficient deterrent for some years now.

People started to show up from about 1115 onwards and it was a very friendly atmosphere. I heard from a police officer that Mark Meechan (Count Dankula) had been fined £800.

Milling among the various gatherings I was struck by the passion that seemed to ooze from the attendees, but it was not mindless passion, but a grouping of people who had thought thing s out and who had decided that our society is under serious threat from radical authoritarians who are intent on turning us all into a passive automatons , fearful to think anything let alone say anything.

I overheard one young man, probably not a day over 20 years, tell of how he had suffered abuse from a young woman who made derogatory remarks about his sexual organs after he had turned her down for a date. There were stories abounding of how a young woman had said the ‘wrong thing’ on Twitter and been booted off the platform. I heard word that a regular attendee to Speaker’s Corner, Tam, a Malaysian student had gone to Paris for a filming with Tommy Robinson, but had been refused entry back into the UK. He had had a clash with London Mayor Sadiq Khan a few days earlier. In the event he had had the microphone taken off him by officials and then evicted.

There was a lot of friendly exchange with the police attending and not a hint of any trouble. I reckon numbers attending were probably about 500 in number. Perhaps one of the biggest cheers that went up when Karl Benjamin arrived. Karl is perhaps better known by his online pseudonym, Sargon of Akkad. He has many hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide and something of a global star.

There was appropriately, as it was a pro-Count Dankula march. a bagpipe player whose very accomplished talents played some classic Scottish melodies that went down well with the whole crowd.

At 1300 we began the march from Leicester Square through Trafalgar Square and to Richmond Terrace across the road from Downing Street.

I had been provided with a blue T-shirt with the slogans:




Along the way a number of bystanders took photographed and I was asked by several of them what it was all about. There was a heavy police presence, but throughout relations were cordial and, at times, jovial.

There was ton of footage taken. Too much for it all to be processed, but one of the important things is to meet with others and establish links and friendships.

At Richmond Terrace several people took into in turns to speak with a handful of nominated ones such as Karl Benjamin being among them and a well spoken reporter from The Spectator who was non-too-pleased with the Conservative Party administration over the whole free speech affair.

There will be a selection of clips published here once I have had time to go through the footage. In the aftermath of the march, the organizers, from a group identifying as Liberalists UK, had booked up a session at a floating pub called the Tattershall Castle on the Thames.




While Mark Meechan was receiving his sentence in Scotland, a demonstration, organized by Liberalists UK was underway in London. This is the second film on the event by Chimes Media and is about the gathering – Bag pipes, You Tube star Sargon of Akkad and the humour of being silenced. Fun as well as serious. No trouble; no arrests; good relations with the police.

Pre-departure to Free Speech march in London