Am pleased to report that I’ve been able to accommodate two other lost souls from Brighton at the UK’s second People’s Assembly, taking place now in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, next door to the stock exchange. Best place to follow events is on twitter via #OccupyLSX. Police have given in and given us portaloos and water. A sound system keeps the youth dancing and the atmosphere is wonderfully peaceful. Tonight there are hundreds of thousands of people in 600+ cities in 82 countries. This is a global movement. We are not lead by political parties. We operate through transparent consensus. We have many causes but one uniting belief: we are the 99% and the planet needs to be rescued from the 1% who are ruining it. Come and join us. The police are letting people come and go freely. Bring tents, food and peaceful intentions.
The police have provided us with toilets and water. A few thousand of us now sitting the night out “breaching the peace” with music, laughter and peaceful intentions. Come and join us!
The second people’s assembly outside St Paul’s has had it’s first session. We’re just about to break into “smaller” groups to discuss practicalities of our occupation. We need a camp kitchen, food, toilets and other people to join us!
961 occupations going on right now around the world in 82 countries.
I’m supposed to be posting on chess today but there’s more important matters to attend to. I’m on my way to London to help occupy the stock exchange. I’m sick of our pretend democracy when the reality is that all power is held by corporations who avoid/evade taxation. Now that parliament has voted to privatise the NHS, it has become personal. I’m going to help set the camp up. It’s difficult for me to stay more than a couple of nights due to some unavoidable personal issues. Please note, these do not include the audition ITV invited me to but I’ll probably make that anyway. I’ll be donating a tent to the cano and returning a couple of days later with more donations.
Some people have commented how nice it must be to not have a job and be able to carry on like this. These people are, of course, trolls. They troll twitter for amusement. How very sad. I feel sorry for them.
Time for the inevitable chess analogy. Damn! Just remembered that I’ve forgotten to bring my board. Very often in our culture you hear the expression, “we’re just pawns in a game of chess” whereas anyone who knows how to play properly understands that the pawns, collectively, are the most important piece. If a game is not lost through a silly blunder, pawn structure is very often the deciding factor. On a chess board the pawns only constitute 50% of the population. In life, we are the #99%.