My eye has been taken by the Occupy London protest unfolding in fascinating fashion outside St Paul's Cathedral, in the heart of London's Square Mile. I aim to return to it in more detail next week (not least the sinister doings of the Corporation of the City of London, and its weird ancient prerogatives, which essentially make it a fiefdom within London), by which time the protesters are likely to have been evicted thanks in no small part to those in charge of St Pauls, who have been all too willing to react in preposterously queeny fashion and do the bidding of the their City betters. First they closed the cathedral to the public when the protesters made camp, despite there being no obvious reason to; now they have issued a statement saying they will ask the police (the City of London has its own force) to evict the protesters. Not because of their protest. No, they respect that right, of course they do. It's because the campers have broken the heinous law of 'reasonable use of a highway.' To back up their case, St Paul's hired a five-year-old to draw this map:
Realising that forcefully evicting peaceful protesters from near a place of worship might send, um, rather mixed messages, the cathedral chancellor, Canon Giles Fraser, resigned from his position. His colleagues were rather less conciliatory and the chances are we'll see a bit of Godly violence wielded by the saintly cops on those devil sent anti-capitalist before too long.
The press (you knew I was going to bring them into it...) have also been doing their bit to show the protesters up for the slacking sinners they are, unlike those angelic folks in the City, where it was also announced that directors pay in the top 100 FTSE companies had risen 49 per cent in the last year, on account of them having done so well. The economy is on its knees, and the companies they work for have failed to make any noticeable profit, but still, well done chaps, trebles all round.
Back to the press. The right-wing papers reported with glee, after getting their hands on thermal imaging equipment, that half the tents were empty. Meaning, they were all well-fed guys and gals who were protesting part-time and then going home at night to comfy beds, square meals and all night IPad blowouts like all good capitalists.
|Look! Empty tents...|
My first thought, after the obvious one about media lies, was to wonder how bad thermal imaging cameras were. If I'm ever trapped in a tent in a snowdrift, I'll take my chances with a St Bernard dog, thanks.
Still, the harm was done. Expect baton charges by the middle of next week.
More to follow as they say.
Dan - Friday