We have heard a lot about the protests against the banking and finance industry going on around the developed world. Occupy Wall Street is the best known and has received most media coverage. Shots of yuppie media professionals wearing tastefully ripped £500 designer jeans and waving their £1000 iPad Pros with 3G as they protested against poverty. Occupy the London Stock Exchange is quite frankly disappointing from a nation that spawned so much great literature but whle Occupy Threadneedle Street has quite a poetic ring, the street name is not so widely recognised.
One cannot expect too much by way of creatvity and originality from public sector workers and trustafarians who work in “the arts” one supposes but we should be able to hope for a little understanding of the nature of their cause.
It turns out that the protesters are not as determined as they would have us believe to get down with the poor folk. Having set up their canvas village in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral and forced that great tourist attraction to close for the first time since World War 2, these affluent anti – poverty campaigners are effing off to their warm, cosy houses or apartments as the late October nights get colder. Thermal imaging cameras have shown most of the tents are empty overnight.
Now nobody would blame the protesters for preferring a night in a nice warm bed after a hot meal prepared for them by their Dear Old Mum to a night sleeping on cold paving slabs. But leaving aside the questions raise by the fact that authorities are leaving these unattended packages standing overnight in a city where terrorist induced paranoia has meant for decades an perfectly innocent backpack, sleeping bag or platic carrier from Harroids or Marks and Spencer will be whiked away by the anti terror squad and blown up by a controlled explosion within minutes, we must ask how much credibility these protests have?
Memorial to the occupy protestors