I admire the Occupy London protesters in an odd sort of way. Despite what anyone thinks about who they are, where they sleep and their choice of hot beverages, nobody camps out all day every day in St Paul's Cathedral unless their committed to their cause.
Greece has been my holiday destination for the last 15 years; I love the country and its charming friendly people. I say to the Greek people: You have been treated shabbily by the rest of Europe. You have a beautiful country and proud history; leave the madness of the Eurozone.
I think that time has now come and that the protesters should return to the beds a number of them have been returning to overnight anyway (rather than staying in the tents) on a permanent basis.
The true message of liberation will always result in some people feeling uneasy. To side, as many liberation theologians in the 1960s and 1970s did, against injustice, to commit one's life to the poor is not a political stance but a moral one.
Conor's words reflect a general feeling in the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's cathedral that this is a Church that has lost its way. The protest was never aimed at Christianity; it was intended to challenge the corporate greed of big business but, say the protesters, the cathedral's reaction has highlighted just how pervasive the problem is in our society.
The greed, excess and selfishness that brought liberal democracy and capitalism to the edge of the abyss have been demonstrated once again by the late...
Protests have two aims: to garner publicity and air a grievance. The Occupy London Stock Exchange movement has succeeded with the former but not the latter.
How did we get to this point, where up and down the country people are once again moaning at the mention of the Church of England? What lessons can be learnt from the series of PR gaffes which most people are now acknowledging have been committed by St Paul's and others?
I'm not naïve enough to suggest that if enough of us swap to an ethical financial institution, the entire financial system will suddenly find its conscience. But here's what the ethical sector can do: show that an alternative is possible.
It is one thing to have protesters lining up to buy their coffee in Starbucks, and their food in supermarkets, while claiming that capitalism is broke...
After watching Occupy Wall Street from afar since mid-September (and being kept up-to-date on Twitter thanks to HuffPost US senior editor Craig Kannelly's constant stream of tweets), last weekend saw the protest move to London. We had editors there throughout the week (Business Editor Pete Guest even turning photographer for us while on the scene), but unsurprisingly many of our bloggers had opinions to share on the topic, too.
Fox New's freedom loving hetro Don Ronson bravely reports on the Occupy The Stock Exchange movement from London, England, Britain. Braving the seething proto-fascist hippy sludge he crawls deep inside the news to get to the pulsating heart of the story and deliver you the truth alive and unwashed.
The global Occupy protests are an organic democratic procedure that has been born out of pure frustration for the current political, media and economic climate. It's more than possible that we are in uncharted territory with history giving us no lessons on how this global movement will conclude.
Standing on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, a young man addressed the 'Occupy London Stock Exchange' protest yesterday. "There is a police line to my left", he said as the crowd repeated his words in unison to create an 'echo microphone' that allowed everyone to hear, "and we must be careful not to let it move forward." His warning proved prescient.
In the last week there have been a number of news stories circulating that have once again cast an utterly predictable and equally depressing light on the realities of the current state of play between our government, financial institutions and big businesses who operate on British shores.