Occupying the mind 3

Wednesday 19th October 2011

LAND close to St Paul’s Cathedral remains occupied by a group of anarchists who show no signs of abandoning the camp first established there in 886 AD.

Calling themselves ‘The City’ and funded by worldwide donations to their cause, the occupants are confident of surviving the cold winter ahead.

“We simply line our pockets,” one of the many anonymous figures told me, keeping his identity hidden behind an expressionless mask.

It’s immediately evident to any casual passer-by that the camp is well organised. Security guards prevent troublemakers getting into the larger tents, all of which have toilet facilities, coffee-making machines and internet access. Despite rumours of the presence of drugs and alcohol, the police don’t appear to be planning to evict anyone within the Square Mile.

But why are they there? What do they want? Will they be publishing a manifesto?

“We prefer to call it a portfolio. If you are on the same government benefits as we are, join us. Millions give us money every day. They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t trust us… would they?”

The City does indeed have many followers. Their banners and slogans have been erected across the globe:

“Don’t Give More to the Tax Man! He’ll Only Spend it on Things Like Hospitals and Schools! Want to Find a Haven for Your Investments? Talk to One of Our Advisers Today!”

The occupants have also established a strong working relationship with the media. Their approach is simply to refuse to be interviewed about corruption or corporate greed.

“Our City of London Corporation doesn’t abide by the usual democratic processes. It stops those who live here having any say in the affairs of those who work here. And don’t forget it was the last Labour government that revised the rules in our favour. We may not be popular with everyone, but the bonuses we get in The City far outweigh anything else.”

Justice has a long, hard road ahead before these determined anarchists abandon their camp to the forces of Morality and Equality.





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5 Responses to Occupying the mind 3

  1. Christopher says:

    A long history indeed. The time of change is approaching where those who strive to live from their heart and with love will through their presence tip the balance towards love and away from greed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A long history of self protectionism indeed. The time for change is increasing its presence and the balance is tipping towards those who strive to live from their heart and soul

  3. segunleefrench says:

    Ha! This one fooled me for a moment. Reading the first 2 sentences, I was wondering what group of anarchists you were talking about. Great satire!

  4. tom says:

    Hey! You are bringing bring the good name of anarchists into disrepute.

  5. rickvick1 says:

    They even have their own Square Mile Police Force, identical to those outside except for their helmets which have a crest instead of the white metal boss worn on the Metropolitan Police helmet. Check out the Free Men of the City of London!
    The Declaration of a Freeman
    “I do solemnly swear that I will be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second; that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City; that I will maintain the Franchises and Customs thereof, and will keep this City harmless, in that which in me is; that I will also keep the Queen’s Peace in my own person; that I will know no Gatherings nor Conspiracies made against the Queen’s Peace, but I will warn the Mayor thereof, or hinder it to my power; and that all these points and articles I will well and truly keep, according to the Laws and Customs of this City, to my power.”

    Non British and British Commonwealth Citizens have the option to substitute “our Sovereign Lady” with “Her Majesty”.

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