Andy Janes and myself will be spending Sunday lunchtime in the Square Mile talking listening and debating with the left-wing groups and registering our disagreement publicly. If you feel as we do, that capitalism is not what people think it is and that it needs defending, then we’d love it if you could come to help spread that message with us.
We’ll be outside St Paul’s cathedral at 11am Sunday. Please meet us there.
While it’s important to register our disagreement, and deny the claim that the Occupy movement represents the whole of the working and middle classes, it’s just as important to register our agreement on quantitative easing, our common concern about possible fraud, the rising price of food and fuel, the poor service of monopoly energy and big financial companies, and the grotesque phenomenon of socialised risk and huge banking bail outs.
This schedule gives us a little time to get organised and see how the #occupylsx protest is going before diving in. As someone who has faith in the decency of normal people the last round of austerity protests polarised the situation in a very disappointing way. I do see these groups as being at the far end of a wide spectrum, their irreverent style and irksome beliefs mark them as different from me and the violence that occurred in the past means an expression of disagreement will not be free from risk.
There is only one mature reaction to this state of affairs: go talk to them, I reckon we’ll agree on more than we might think, and if not then at least we’ll understand them better.
If you want to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mobile number, to help us find each other. Otherwise keep an eye on twitter hashtag #libhome, and we’ll see you there.