Tuesday Manic Depression
I must’ve dreamed a thousand dreams/Been haunted by a million screams/But I can hear the marching feet/They’re moving into the street/Now did you read the news today/They say the danger’s gone away/But I can see the fire’s still alight/There burning into the night/There’s too many men, too many people/Making too many problems
The flawed but peaceful protest, resting in vague anti-capitalist and anti-greed notions was ended overnight, as bailiffs escorted them from the St Paul’s grounds. A few arrests were made, but most people gave in. For all their faults, and there were many, inevitable as they are people, their heart was largely in the right place and an understandable expression of the nausea people feel at the world. Also overnight, it emerged that Barclays had been pursuing aggressive tax avoidance policies counter to their code of conduct, and government had been forced to introduce retrospective legislation to take action. Last week, David Cameron said that business was the greatest tool for social progress that the world had ever known. Last week Chris Grayling called the people protesting against Soylent Green Workfare as founded in the Socialist Workers’ Party. A few months ago these people and others expressing disquiet over rampant avarice were called ‘Trots’ by Michael Gove – the Michael Gove who maintains links with Murdoch in order to introduce his wares to a new corporate public education system – and ‘creating an anti-business culture’ by George Osborne, who stands to inherit millions and who, abroad, has had some very interesting stories of prostitutes and cocaine parties printed about him. That these people have not been murdered speaks very highly of the British sense of reserve.
If he hadn’t been so rubbish at his job it would feel carping to chuckle at Stuart Pearce, but he was so rubbish and then the rest, so here’s him quoted in yesterday’s former Guardian: ‘”I’ve travelled the world”, he said. “And it’s made me appreciate what we’ve got: London, the Cotswolds, tradition, the FA Cup”‘. Now try playing the same game with every country you’ve ever visited, and compare lists.
Yesterday, we wrote about the confiscation of a banner opposing EPPP by stewards at Brighton’s evocatively-named Amex Stadium. Turns out that also on Saturday, QPR stewards confiscated a banner from Fulham fans reading “Mark Hughes lacks ambition”; incendiary or what? Every time that this happens, it should be made as difficult as possible, first for the banner to be stolen, and then subsequently with consistent complaints to the authorities. Football grounds are meant to look like this:
Image courtesy of Well Offside