Comments on: From an Arab spring to a new English winter of discontent? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: markhillary http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18538 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:11:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18538 It’s great to see so many comments on both sides of this debate. Having worked in the City myself and ended up writing after working on development research for a major NGO I have been pretty much on all sides of this discussion at some time. I think the important point is that whether you agree with Occupy or not, there is now a social media framework that could push beyond being just an activist organisation tool and into representation…

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By: I_R_Responsible http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18536 Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:27:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18536 Easy Money, Simple Solutions and Media Sound Bites rules Britannia. It is all too easy to slam all bankers/city folk as greedy exploiters as it is to lambast all on benefits as idle good for nothings. Whilst in reality such people do exist irritation at them should not cloud objectivity as to the true causes of our current predicament. Easy money, whether it is sub-prime borrowers, governments in deficit, quick deal bankers, benefits scroungers or maxed out credit card holders, has been and remains the route of our problems. People wanting things, or in the case of politicians offering things, that have not be earned. This notion of entitlement/rights without graft is the only thing that I think was reflected in this summer’s riots.

The great thing about true capitalism is that it has no regard for race, creed or social standing in fact it is a great social leveller. Remove anti-capitalist restrictions to trade and anyone in any part of the globe can earn their reward for graft. So it is that power is slipping from the comparatively lazy profligate consuming West to the hard working thrifty East. Whilst there are problems with people exploiting the system the true problem is too little capitalism; too many do-gooders and too few doers.

Ironically the protesters in front of St Paul’s fail to see levelling effect of capitalism and are not short of some exploitation of their own. They exploit the position and notoriety of the church in furtherance of their own political objectives and take benefits to sustain them and at the same time they do nothing to enhance the wealth of the nation or advance the condition of mankind one bit. In short they are sitting of their arses expecting someone else to do something rather than doing anything themselves! Rather than greedily complaining about the slice of the cake more consideration should be given to making the cake in the first place!

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By: ninety-niner http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18534 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 22:10:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18534 Our destiny is in the hands of a faceless few. The banker, Bob Diamond, has emerged from the woodwork to make some attempt to gain sympathy for the banks. In doing so however he merely demonstrated the arrogance and contempt with which the industry deals with the public. It’s clear that these organisations will continue to abuse the trust that first allows them to take our money as deposits and then, when they have magically transformed into into piles of junk debts take more money to ‘bail them out’. Or in other words to cover up their incompetent greed and allow their gravy train to run on.

Meanwhile they remunerate themselves as if they had done well. Which of course they have: for themselves.

Our political leaders stand like dazzled, fascinated rabbits while these wide boys run rings round them.

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By: CO2-Exhaler http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18532 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 19:43:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18532 If the Occupy mob had organised a “standard” demonstration and got a million people to turn up, they would still not be worth listening to, for the simple reason that they have nothing useful to say. But there aren’t a million of them, and far from representing the “99%”, they’re much closer to representing the 0.0003%. Just because a small number of people can cause a lot of inconvenience to people with jobs, does not make them representative. Even if they were representative of a larger section of society, they should go home until they work out what they think the “answer” is. Until they do so, their “message” is utterly fatuous, and for the Church to seek to cosy up to them merely highlights how ridiculously irrelevant that institution has become.

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By: voluntaryist72 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18530 Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:34:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18530 voting is absurd, think about that for a momement. we are told that they rule so we don’t have to, we are told we give them to the power that we hold, so that they can make all the right choices for us. Well, it is plain to see that are not up to the task. it is not time to stop giving them this power & for all of us to collectively use our power ourselves. Don’t Vote!

use your power the way you choose, far less wasteful, much less damaging, less war, more peace, cheaper, less stressful, much more moral. better all round.

PEACE, but not to statism, corporatism & hierarchism
“No service should be provided out the barrel of a gun. This is not freedom, it is tyranny”
occupytogether.org
voluntary-exchanges-only.blogspot.com
vforvoluntary.com ~ http://www.voluntaryist.com
freedomainradio.com

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By: Bigshoes http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18523 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:30:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18523 And i quote
“The people of Britain started to make their views known very clearly this summer” – no they didnt, a bunch of parasites decided they could loot and burn without consequence.

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By: IanKemmish http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18511 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:10:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18511 I don’t know whether or not you have experienced Anonymous’ preferred form of debate (although it seems evident that you have not)., but I think I have.

For the past few years, their agents provocateurs have been stalking those social websites which offer a home to the emotionally vulnerable and easily groomed (one such in the UK is Informed Consent, but you may need a strong stomach and a robust sense of humour to go there). They’ll troll around on the bulletin boards, starting threads about how we live in a police state (“I watched V for Vendetta last night – it’s like a documentary!”), or how capitalism is dead, or… well, you get the picture. Their arguments are as full of potholes as ever, and the response to anyone who points this out is, as ever, to shout them down. And to wear them down. They can post ten copy-and-paste tirades while I’m typing one rebuttal.

They may be operating in places you don’t visit, but their methods haven’t really changed since Dostoevsky wrote “The Demons”. The word “dinosaur” would seem more applicable to them than to anyone else; at least our mainstream politicians and press don’t look like they did 150 years ago.

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By: fernrivas http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18510 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:57:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18510 At last, a serious discussion forum!!! I can’t wait to start the meaty chunks !!

I’ll just share with all of you you this link:

http://roarmag.org/2011/11/the-global-sq uare-an-online-platform-for-our-movement  /

It’s a call to help set up an online “global square” or a global “occupy camp”

It’d be a platform, similar to facebook, that would simbolically link up all camps and all individuals who want to participate in the running of what should become our first global democracy …

I leave it with you for comments

Cheers 😉

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By: Zed0 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/11/10/from-an-arab-spring-to-a-new-english-winter-of-discontent/comment-page-1/#comment-18508 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:11:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=10518#comment-18508 Well said!

Voting in an election these days has become the old Hobsons choice of which lot will muck it up the least. A total waste of time.

But the status quo cannot continue.

The ponzi scheme that was western capitalism has collapsed, and those at the top have shown their true colours by offloading their losses onto the tax payer while they continue to sip champagne, if not actually make more money.

I am one of those people who has a family to support and a mortgage to pay, if I didn’t, I’d be at St Pauls or Finsbury Square.

I don’t want what they’ve got, this isn’t the politics of envy. I just want to be able to live without the constant stress of whether I’ll be able to pay my mortgage and keep my house next month.

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