Posted by Christie Malry on October 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Today is October 20, which marks a day of protest in London against "austerity".
There's a bit of a problem with these protests. They're utterly futile.
Think about it. A bunch of kids, pockets stuffed with the latest iPhone and other gadgets, clutching their iPad 3 in one hand and a large Costa Vanilla Skinny Soy Latte with extra foam in the other, march through the streets demanding that other people pay more tax in order to keep them in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Inevitably, marches attract troublemakers, who take great delight in smashing things up and causing mayhem. So there's a significant police presence, which tends to lead to kettling and other heavy-handed tactics. And they will leave a phenomenal amount of mess, none of which they will clear up - others will have to step in and do it for them
This is a really terrible way of convincing the general public, most of whom have suffered the pincer attack of pay freezes and rising inflation. They are hurting, and the last thing they need is to be told that they need to pay more tax.
The Smiths sang:
There is another world
There is a better world
Well, there must be
And there is a better world, if only the protestors have the courage to reach for it. Instead of marching, why don't the protestors show us what society means? Instead of clogging up our shops and disrupting ordinary people, why not organise a mass litter collection to deep clean our public spaces? Or, how about a mass soup kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless?
The message would be clear: we are prepared to do our bit to help society. Now, please will those who couldn't march today do their part to help society by paying taxes?
It would be a co-operative, selfless way to encourage everyone to work together, instead of their selfish, rather spiteful current approach. So, how about it?