Well the Sally Army couldn’t make it this week but we do have the privilege of hosting the Smash Capitalism movement instead. I know that is what it is because their signboard tells me so.
You will note that at 9pm a movie will be shown. Fantasia perhaps? Last night at about 10pm a ‘band’ was pretending to be Oasis and Wonderwall was echoing around the underbelly of the HSBC building. To be honest it was quite a passable rendition. I am immensely proud of myself for even knowing that it was Wonderwall as I am more of an Emerson, Lake & Palmer era man myself. Benny the Bouncer and all that. Brain Salad Surgery.
Now clearly even the most rabid socialist has to have some time off so a film here, a sing song there, all in a day’s protesting. I’m sure Joan Baez and Bob Dylan watched The Sound of Music in between a jolly chorus of We shall overcome. Peace, Love and My Fair Lady, man. These are a few of my favourite things.
You will also note the rather plush tents in the background. Also visible here:
Better than bivouac-ing on the Eiger Nordwand, if indeed you can bivvy on the White Spider. Note also the desire to do away with both the monetary system and toilet paper. End all banks? Well they are doing a pretty good attempt under their own steam. Just be patient. The End of the World may well be nigh. Certainly the end of employment and pensions may be imminent. And anyway if there is no money we don’t need cash dispensers. I’m sure you can swap a used Che Guevara T shirt for a Starbucks. Long Hair will be along in a minute to donate a few.
And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.
Now to be honest there are some (possibly many) legitimate aspects to the protests and I do take the issues if not the protesters seriously. A group of maybe 50 youngsters who seem rather well-behaved. 1968 this is not. I haven’t sniffed a trace of dope yet. Not a spliff in sight. No Hanoi Jane. They may have a dream but actually the nightmare is real. Sitting around watching DVDs of Audrey Hepburn or Julie Andrews under the protective cover of The Bank isn’t going to change anything and neither is abolishing capitalism. Ask the Chinese communist party. They seem all for it. Something is certainly rotten in the state of Greece if not Denmark. But I am not yet convinced that the abolitionists quite know what it is that they would replace capitalism with. I think this is just the sort of question that should have been on “Does The Team Think?” I’m sure Professor Jimmy Edwards would have an answer. And if you do, then as they used to say on the wireless send your answer please on a postcard to…….
And if we are going back to 1968 I’d like to tune in to Round the Horne. Hello, I’m Julian and this is my friend Sandy! And The Clitheroe Kid, And the Men from the Ministry and above all, The Navy Lark. Left hand down a bit……….. On reflection, strike the Clitheroe Kid. I’m going to get out there and protest against Our Jimmy.