So, the campers are still out in force at St Paul’s but thanks to pro-capitalism campaigners they have not gone unopposed. This was one of the most frustrating observations at the time of the anti-austerity, student fees and ukuncut protests; it seemed that all the shouting was in one direction and that there was no opposing voice. Not this time.
Over Sunday lunchtime Libertarian Home leaflets were being distributed to about about a third of the protesters and assembled sympathisers and a few dozen curious tourists, passers by and policemen. We spoke to Bloomberg and spoke on camera to Sky News. We published our open letter so that the open minded could follow up with us. By one o’clock there were four of us, and we proceeded to argue with half a dozen protesters until we froze, then retired to the pub.
That afternoon, Old Holborn paid them a visit and seems to have got into some detail and understood them a little. To be honest I was hoping for some classic Old Holborn confrontational antics, but quiet conversation is good as well.
This afternoon, according to the TV news a City worker was distributing leaflets explaining that 12% of earnings goes to the top 1% of earners, but they pay 27% of taxes. It is well worth pointing out that equality and soaking the rich are not compatible.
All this means that three separate pro-capitalist voices have spoken at the protest. Most will have had a pro-capitalist or pro-city opinion laid out for them in writing for them to reflect on. They have not been confronted, they have not been cracked down on or suppressed, instead they have been reasoned with. Common ground has been pointed out and welcomed, and policy suggestions put to them.
The protesters have been treated warmly, but for once their opinions have not gone unchallenged.
I’d like to see this happen on every day of the protest. If you feel the same, and can spare an evening then please email firstname.lastname@example.org .