- Created: Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:55
- Written by Helen Yaffe
The Britannia Music awards; showpiece of the multimillion pound music industry in Britain - superstars, supermodels, stylists and fashion critics, and sponsored this year by PolyGram. Stars spilt out of limousines, fans screeched hysterically, the paparazzi called out, cameras snapping. Unexpectedly a chant of 'fight poverty pay' rose from the motley gathering. Mingling with the glitterati of the music world were 200 protesters from the 'Reinstate Nigel Cook' campaign who had arrived to bring their message via megaphones.
Soon protesters had scaled a building dropping a huge banner: 'PolyGram profits from poverty pay', whilst some of us made a run for the entrance armed with leaflets and placards and yelling our demands. We were immediately rugby-tackled by the startled security guards and thrown back behind an ineffective barrier, already preparing for the next run. One protester, the campaign press officer, walked easily up to Cherie Blair and handed her a leaflet. Police reaction to this was delayed and confused, but soon he too was bundled off the red carpet. He reported back: 'we chatted for a good minute or so and she made a promise to look into Nigel's case.'