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Activists said they had occupied a number of banks in Brighton while actions also took place in Plymouth, Oxford, Leeds Liverpool, Bournmouth, Ipswich and Dundee. Protesters outside a branch of HSBC in Newcastle were joined by the musician and activist Billy Bragg, who addressed them by megaphone.
More than 30 groups across the country had been expected to take part in the day of action, while the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) had encouraged members to attend
Scotland Yard has deployed undercover officers to spy on a network of activists whose viral campaign against tax avoiders threatens to close down hundreds of shops in the run-up to Christmas. The surveillance officers were first used at a protest in October, the Guardian can reveal, despite an assurance given to parliament last year that only officers in full uniform gather intelligence at protests.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Just to prove that the police care little for our real interests (from last year)
Originally posted by malcr
Capitalism is failing......well except for "the few". Communism has failed (although if you really analyse communist states they aren't really communist but capitalist dictatorships!). Communism fails because it does not address human nature. Capitalism fails because it allows the darker side of human nature to overwhelm everything.
We need a balance. It's called : . . . . . . . .
Originally posted by Glz00
It is wrong they can still get away with messing up most things from our free health care to our fire service even going after old folks homes and they get away with all our money. Dont we own RBS/Halifax? Im sure they can pay us back now, at 20%APR!
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by Cuervo
Capitalism makes you a slave to materially wealthier persons, socialism makes you a slave to the state,
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by Rockdisjoint
Are you sure about that?
The rules of slavery, at least in the Western world, were that the slave holders had to at least provide food, shelter, and clothing to their slaves. While they may not have earned any sort of true wealth accumulation they were guaranteed certain protections by law.
When you are forced to deal with someone who is in a superior position to your own for mere survival then that is basically involuntary action with the one you must work for/beg being the master in the situation. Your life revolves around the whims of others. That is not freedom. Slaves in Europe during the Roman era were allowed to buy their way out of slavery similar to the way we can today. Social welfare was instituted to re-establish certain legal basis for the treatment of the slaves (workers) and guarantee them certain basic human needs much like laws during the late Roman era had done.
The slaveholders (employers/government) supported these efforts tirelessly to guarantee that they will never have to contend with a disgruntled slave uprising, that is the same reason slaves were guaranteed certain rights in Rome.
Originally posted by Schkeptick
I love the irony here.
In the USA people are nearly ready to march on the streets because our government spending is so completely out of control and the country is being driven into the ground.
In the UK the government is trying to be responsible and the people are freaking out about losing entitlements.
Maybe - just maybe - you can't have it both ways. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. I have yet to see a country that can support these types of entitlements long-term. Eventually they all reach a point of economic crisis.
Ergo... entitlements are not the answer.