Occupy Wall Street
We are the 99 per cent. That slogan has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of people as the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread worldwide.
Here's the answer to the 'We are the 99%' movement, but we don't think this one's been authorised by the Conservative Party
For those involved the early stages of the movement on both sides of the Atlantic the air is filled with optimism. But as the unseasonably warm October weather slips away and tactical differences become more pronounced there are dangers.
If, when they rescued bankrupt institutions from the consequences of their own folly in 2007-09, governments had insisted on some sort of conditionality, (for example, they had insisted that "too big to fail" institutions were broken up, that bonuses be capped and that banks started behaving in vaguely responsible ways), this need not have happened.
The small rabble that has taken to camping outside St Pauls Cathedral as part of a call to occupy the London Stock Exchange, in what appears to be a mimic of the Wall Street occupation, have, among other things, taken to calling themselves 'the 99%'.
On Monday bankers and financiers working in London's financial district must have had a rude awakening. To 'greet' them on
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.
As I write, the saints and apostles of St Pauls Cathedral are looking down on several hundred people with just as much moral purpose as they ever possessed.
Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters, the magazine that sparked off the Occupy Wall Street movement, talks consumerism, advertising
The policeman preventing our exit from the protest said to me: "Your t-shirt is a bit of a giveaway." It wasn't a fashion criticism. My shirt had 'poverty is political' printed on it.