A visit to the Occupy London camp at St Paul’s, London
On Monday, I visited the Occupy London group that are currently encamped at St Paul’s Cathedral expecting to find a gaggle of unhinged lunatics and they did not disappoint.
Some of the tents of the Occupy London movement at St Paul's
The camping oddjobs, who call themselves “hibernating socialists,” claim their occupation is driven by a desire of:
“Reclaiming space in the face of the financial system and using it to voice ideas for how we can work towards a better future.”
A tent bearing statements of "Hell No, We Won't Go" and "Power to The People"
Instead, I’d argue, what I found was a smelly encampment that included a man who told me that the police were “setting him up.” He went on to show a photo board he’d produced naming them and giving their addresses. When I told him that his suggestion seemed a little far-fetched, he went into a rant.
The yoghurt pot wielding PROUT proponent
Another, holding a yoghurt pot, regaled an assembled group with talk of something called PROUT. He looked like he needed a wash and appeared to be telling those who bothered to listen about some kind of odd socio-economic paradigm.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, a supporter of a “Robin Hood” style tax on the rich, recently commented that if Jesus were alive, he would spend Christmas with the Occupy movement:
“WWJD? He’d first of all be there: sharing the risks, not just taking sides but steadily changing the entire atmosphere by the questions he asks of everybody involved, rich and poor, capitalist and protester and cleric.”
Tricia Walsh-Smith visits the Occupy London movement
Visitors to the camp have included the rather eccentric internet “personality” Tricia Walsh-Smith. She lay down in front of the tents and even sang them a song named “Tell it like it is.” Another person who had to negotiate their way through them was my friend Aita Ighodaro’s sister, Natasha, whose wedding at St Paul’s went ahead despite the messy protesters. In true British spirit, she entered the building through a side door and didn’t let the noisy unwashed ruin the ceremony.
Natasha Ighodaro and her husband Nick Cunningham leaving St Paul's
“People are determined to stay,” another of the camp stated this morning on Occupy London’s video stream. I, though, think enough is enough. This lot have had their say and now it’s time they moved on.
Watch a video of Tricia Walsh-Smith’s visit to Occupy London at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQFco4vQVo
Find out more about Occupy London at: http://occupylondon.org.uk/