Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The St Paul's debates?

The Rev Paul Nicolson in a 6 minute video speech on Saturday 30 Oct addressed the Bishop of London and  the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral with a succinct message as to the reasons of economics, finance and the need for just plain ordinary fairness behind the 'Occupy London' protest.  LINK HERE.

A couple of hundred tents were erected outside a cathedral a couple of weeks ago. Did Canon Giles Fraser and Dean Graeme Knowles think on October 1st that they would both be out of a job on November 1st? The Church of England is tripping up over its inept handling of the tent village and getting a hammering in the media for not getting it. 

A thousand cities worldwide now have protest camps following the first one in Zucchini Park, in the first Occupy Wall Street camp. This is all quite extraordinary according to the ways things usually happen. The movement is overwhelmingly peaceful. These are ordinary people helping each other to make an effective protest. But one centre of power has been found wanting in its handling of what they had assumed to be an easily deflectable disruption. A mere buzzing midge that would disappear with a quick squirt of 'health and safety' legislation sprayed into the annoying situation. 

A most disappointing thing seems to be that they did not invite the outside protestors to come inside to debate matters which they seemed to have a common cause about with the Cathedral. What a chance missed not to established modern day Putney Debates of 2011.  

Perhaps the Church can regain its poise and display a new momentum for justice and fairness? The Revd Paul Nicolson's speech must be a good place to start. He points out: ' the enormity, the magnitude of the economic injustice that has happened and is happening now' as he says to 'Dear Bishop and Dear Dean'... 'you have lost your sense of proportion'.

Read The Free Lunch - Fairness with Freedom for a reasoned way of solving what many of the protesters are camping out about.

Jonathon Porritt on The Free Lunch: ‘I have indeed enjoyed this book…it makes a really important contribution to a much neglected area of debate within the broader sustainable development terrain...contains very fresh thinking.’

Posted by Charles Bazlinton.

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