Monday, 19 December 2011
Saturday morning lie-in?
'The 99%' camped around the Christmas tree in Leeds City Square seemed to be having a Saturday morning lie-in. When I passed by, there was no evidence of 'Occupy Leeds' protestors, only sealed-up tents. This is a small section of the global 'Occupy' movement, one of many such camps in UK cities, the biggest and most publicised being the one outside St Paul's Cathedral in London. They seem to have identified a problem ('all the power and money [is] in the hands of a corrupt and self-serving top 1%') but as yet I haven't heard any solutions. Whilst not unsympathetic to them or their ideals, I suspect many of those involved across the country are serial activists - not so long ago they were all climbing trees as 'eco-warriors'. Methinks the 50% of the 99% who have jobs might be contributing to their upkeep (though it's sadly true that a lot of young people who would love to have a job can't get one right now).
The imposing building in the background used to be the main Post Office in Leeds. Seems to me that we owe the 1% of Victorians quite a debt...