The group of protesting people, who are protesting against the greed and excesses of banking and capitalism, put at its simplest, have been encamped by St Paul’s Cathedral, not far from the edifice of The Bank Of England. And in this situation, the Church scored several shameful own goals.

Over the Christmas/New Year period I visited the protest camp. I was really amazed at how neat, tidy and small a community it was. Yes, it was a community into which, anyone who wanted could belong. Having the same sentiments as the group would probably have been a helpful pre-requisite as much of the energy behind their campaign would, I guess, emanate from those sentiments. There was nothing unsightly or unpleasant about the camp or its occupants, from what I saw. It was certainly interesting to see how people were living there, and all who visited were welcome, including homeless people. The food tent, including soup, was wide open to all.

In no way did the camp block access to the Cathedral or the streets around it. I walked freely. As usual, there has been a lot of puffed up negative description from certain quarters of the community to orchestrate unrest and fear.

The High Court has now issued an order to remove the encampment and its occupants; it has no grounds, says the Court, for further appeal against the judgement. The damage to democratic society, increasing inequalities, unemployment and poverty which is a major part of the protest, has no bearing in this case, a case, which, seems only to rely on charges brought under structural and commercial legislation.

From what I hear, the Winter has given time for re-grouping of similar protest groups around the world. London, has had a group that survived protesting through the Winter on the London Streets, within the shadows of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral.



  1. I have posted on my own blog about this and am thoroughly ashamed of the way the cathedral and the Bishop of London acted. An ‘own goal’ is a good way to describe it. I am very pleased to hear that you actually visited and you give credence to my suspicions that it was a fuss about nothing. The camp is being moved on, but the issues have still not been addressed.

  2. It has been very cold but not anywhere near as bad as last year so that has been something good for these brave people and hardy too…while I agree with their protest wholly, I can’t join them so am very grateful there are those amongst us able and willing to do so…the Church has done its usual thing of siding eventually with the State, and Boris doesn’t want to see protesters around now the Olympics are approaching so they have to go…have they achieved anything? I’m afraid, probably not…the criminals still walk free, are still making obscene amounts of money, and the general public are paying for their crimes…hmmm…GBHs…XXX

  3. I’m glad you are able to point out from a personal point of view after visiting this camp how it is peaceful and well organised. The media always gets these things wrong. xxxx

  4. Yes, you posted very strongly about the religious and ethical issues within the protest that the Church, amazingly, appeared to be blind to. Christian principles, it seemed, had severe limitations. One senior clergyman stood out, and has since resigned from the St Paul’s ministry, because he stood for the basic principles of a caring Christianity, which, he thought he was representing. Patently, from the responses of his peers, he found he was not.

    Sadly, as yet, the real issues leading to the protest still rumble on, virtually untouched and unaddressed.

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