Abolish money?

It’s very reasonable to complain about the mistakes recently made by governments and the banking industry. Yet, despite the fact that they have a reasonable point to make, protesters insist on acting like blithering idiots.

Some protesters spray-painted the side of the RBS building with the phrases “class war” and “thieves.” Others pushed against columns of riot police who swatted them away with batons.

Demonstrators shouted “Abolish Money!” and clogged streets in the area known as “The City” even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama held a news conference elsewhere in the British capital.

At least eight people were arrested but there were no serious injuries reported.

Royal Bank of Scotland is at the center of protesters’ anger because it had to be bailed out by the British government after a series of disastrous deals brought it to the brink of bankruptcy. The bank is now majority-owned by the British taxpayer….

Especially in Britain, bankers have been lambasted as being greedy and blamed for the recession that is making jobless ranks soar.

“It seems like everything is in a mess,” said protester Steve Johnson, 49, an unemployed construction worker. “You get bankers getting massive bonuses, and the MPs (British lawmakers) are lining their own pockets.”

Protesters waved banners reading “Banks are evil,” “Eat the bankers,” and “0% interest in others.”

One protester dressed as the Easter bunny managed to hop through the police cordon but was stopped before he could reach the Bank of England. Another black-clad demonstrator waved a fake light saber at officers.

Musician and political activist Billy Bragg said the time was now to make a difference.

“It’s better than sitting down shouting at the television at these bankers,” he said.

No, it really isn’t…


About marypmadigan

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2 Responses to Abolish money?

  1. Infidel753 says:

    Easter bunny? Fake light-saber? This is self-display and amateur theater, not protest; self-expression, not communication. It’s the work of people playfully making a mess while hungering for the attention of authority figures. It’s all perfectly normal — if you’re five.

    And it does real harm, because it makes it all the harder to take seriously the very real issue of what increasingly looks like a vast pattern of gross incompetence and criminal behavior among the financial and political elite (and not just in Britain).

  2. marypmadigan says:

    The Times Online gave readers the opportunity to comment and protest the protest.

    Most people were equally annoyed by the G20 guys and the rabid anarchists.

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