I just did my fourth radio interview - pretty hostile- where the DJ excoriated the camp at St. Pauls (to which he had never been, of course) for closing St. Paul's, excoriated the protesters for having a camp, for not sleeping in the tents, and then asked me why on earth I would want to take my children to see people LIKE THAT. (Better people LIKE THAT than DJs LIKE HIM)
St. Paul's closed St. Paul's because its own trustees (banks) want to paint the protesters in as negative light as possible. The Occupation did not close St. Pauls. St. Pauls closed St. Pauls. People have set up an Occupation because social protests that DO NOT MOVE are more effective than ones that do. I want my children to meet these people and soak up this vibe because I RESPECT what they are trying to do - build a better world and I DON'T RESPECT the government. I hope those answers came across as ok.
The bullshit that is thrown at the people in the camps is unbelievable. These guys are being asked to defend their actions, clean the camp, formulate a manifesto, build a bridge to the non-camping supporters of the Occupation. I mean, it's not Syria, they are not getting shot, but man, these guys are working very hard to answer a myriad of claims and it is a burden. This is not a brand. This is not a corporation. These are people making up a lot of stuff as they go along and it is hard work.
I have been strangely exhausted and discouraged trying to push this to fruition the last few days. We will go today and what will be will be and I will as in every trial and presentation I have ever had in my life think only about its deficiencies and not its strengths.
It would be much safer to go shopping with the kids today except that I hate shopping, I hate injected molded plastic, I hate the way entering a store makes you feel insufficient, makes you feel need, robs you of the integrity of your identity a little bit. I hate that how much money people makes is a kind of calibration of worth in our society. I hate that people are really suffering out there. I find the indifference of this government to be tyrannical. I find our relationship to our government to be completely out of whack.
It may be only me, Liberty and Owain out there today. But no matter what it is, I am glad I took this stand and made this decision. My parenting obligations include introducing my children to reality and today that will happen for my kids much moreso than the kids who go to play at the Disney store.
With affection to my ten readers and a promise of more later from my self-pitying middle class mum self.