Everywhere in the UK media it seemed none had any hesitation in attacking the Occupy London protesters at St. Paul’s, as I switched on the radio it was a refreshing change to listen to James O’Brien’s show of which he actually bothered to TRY and find out what the protesters agenda was. As the show went along the question that struck a chord with me was ‘Are they really just ant-capitalist’? The media had labelled them anti-capitalists but I hadn’t actually thought about whether they were just that. Although I am sympathetic to what they are trying to do and I as a regular protester have no objection to protesting; it’s just that I feel quite annoyed that they haven’t put forward their goals and how they want to achieve them. To be annoyed and frustrated with the bankers, recession, politicians and the growing economic inequality in society is understandable – but I would’ve liked more.
I carried on listening and I found that some people had the same notion and others perceived the protesters as pointless…A caller had an interesting perspective saying that ‘The government has a responsibility to the people to be happy’ while another argued this is NOT the responsibility of the Government – I fell in-between. Personally I think citizens should be able to live comfortable enough with essential necessities such as food, fuel etc…The government does not have a direct responsibility to its citizens but more; a moral obligation. In a country as developed as the UK there shouldn’t be people contemplating whether to eat or heat their home.
I object to the way things are in the UK now and to be honest it’s frightening to see that markets seem to dictate Governments actions more than the people they serve. That is why I believe something should be done but in order for the rest of the frustrated population to get behind such protests (like Occupy London) there needs to be set goals, strategies and action plans with time frames. It is naive to think you can sort out in a fortnight what has been the norm for years.
The protesters may not have a set banner in which to march under other than their feelings of frustration and a need for change, maybe that is enough for now but if they want to achieve the change; they need to have a set agenda and propose solutions.
As I finish writing this I have found out that the Occupy London protesters have seized an empty UBS bank claiming squatters’ rights and in a statement have said the building was intended to help people “trade in creativity rather than cash”. They added “We will also make space available for those that have lost their nurseries, community centres and youth clubs to savage government spending cuts.”. Occupy london protesters seem to be escalating to the next phase I just hope while they “Trade in creativity” they also trade in some solutions.
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Occupy London protesters take over empty UBS bank offices:
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