Crusty politics

Posted on November 15, 2011


I came home today to find my partner throwing things at the television.  It was Edwina Currie telling people with no money how to live their lives that had made her violently angry.  Actually, it was Currie’s complete lack of empathy that sent her ballistic  (let me cautiously re-phrase here – not ballistic enough to launch land-to-air missiles but enough to find a few soft toys and hurl them fruitlessly at the screen).

My partner’s reaction was the icing on the cake of a day that seems full of violence.  The Occupiers of Wall Street violently removed at 3 in the morning.  The Mayor of London, calling the Occupy London protesters a bunch of crusties, and of course a veritable arms race kicking off in London over a certain mega event to happen here in 2012.

The City of London has recommenced its legal action against the Occupy London Movement, as if spurred on by the removal of the Wall Street protesters.  But twinned with the half threat of impending violence is the distinct stench of people turning their backs on others and their concerns.  Boris was not the first politician to tell the protesters where they can get off.  David Cameron announced petulantly days ago that he found it all a but much people pitching tents in the City.  Of course, the Occupy Movement’s camp is in stark contrast to the pomp and circumstance that London has borne witness to this week, and it seems de rigueur for people in some quarters in London to sneer at the camp at the same time as supping on caviar and champagne.  Meanwhile the Archbishop of Canterbury  called it right when he said that St Paul’s was acting as a giant theatre in which conflicts were being played out.

If we are to find a way through this crisis with our planet in tact, our people embraced and our futures assured, we need more empathy, not less.  So I’ll start:  it must be hard for David Cameron to wear a white bow tie – he must know everyone thinks he looks like a boiled chicken!