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The man who 'attacked' Rupert Murdoch
Agencies
New Delhi, July 20, 2011
First Published: 13:43 IST(20/7/2011)
Last Updated: 13:48 IST(20/7/2011)

Jonathan May-Bowles, a standup comedian, just graduated to "Murdoch's pie-thrower" on Tuesday.

26- year-old May-Bowles, the man who tried to throw a plate of shaving foam at Media baron Murdoch's face during his parliamentary appearance, was identified by fellow activists from the protest group, The UK Uncut.

The group said it did not have anything to do with the incident. "The pie in Rupert Murdoch's face was not a UK Uncut action," said the UK Uncut blog.

"This was a lone-wolf, solitary action. None of us knew anything about this. This has got nothing to do with UK Uncut," The Guardian reported a key organizer in UK Uncut saying.

But, May-Bowles also known as Jonnie Marbles is believed to be a member of the team that founded the anti-tax avoidance protest group UK Uncut last year.

The activist who tweets under the name "Jonnie Marbles" appears to have live tweeted "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat," seconds before he did the act. This has been re-tweeted by many in the day.

Around half-an-hour into the hearing he tweeted, "I'm actually in this committee."

Another tweeter tweeted back to Jonnie Marbles saying, "Jonnie Marbles I would've preferred it if you used a brick, but I applaud your actions today! You rock."

May-Bowles, who studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, also has a blog in blogspot called "Anarchish" with a strapline, "Because the state's not gonna smash itself."

May-Bowles distanced his act from his protest group by tweeting on Wednesday "For those of you in any doubt, yesterday had nothing to do with #UKUncut."

Friends said the politically minded May-Bowles was a popular figure among activists, and he very angry with the News of The Week's phone hacking issue. They said they were surprised when the incident happened, but said it was typical of the stand up comedian.


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