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.