After being evicted from outside St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London got busy doing their thing in Finsbury Square.
Their thing, as far as I could tell from the top deck of a bus every day, seemed to be sitting around in tents waiting for the rain to stop – but hey! What do I know about starting a revolution?
Anyway, a few days ago they all got kicked off Finsbury Square, leaving the naysayers with no doubt as to the lasting legacy of their cause.
[Excuse the photo quality, I'm working with a Nokia N95 here. Long story.]
Here’s the thing.
It’s all well and good protesting about “the perceived excesses of the global financial system”, but if by doing so you cock up a perfectly good public space – something that the evil corporation you’re railing against has provided for everyone to enjoy – then what are you actually achieving?
That churned up sea of cardboard, tents and sodden belongings you see above will cost the other system (the one the rest of us pay a large chunk of our salaries to support) however many thousand pounds to clear up afterwards – so how much public favour are you really going to win in the long run?
Earlier this week the Occupy Nomad group tried to move onto Hampstead Heath, without much luck, while the dregs of other camps moved onto a corner of Shoreditch Park.
This comment (and others below it) summed up my thoughts on the whole thing.
If this is about raising awareness and recruiting people to join your cause, then Occupy, in my humble opinion: you’re doing it wrong.