Stephen Pollard (Daily Express) needs to think more deeply about the #occupylondon protestors

Columnist Stephen Pollard is being short-sighted in his knee-jerk response to the series of “occupy****” protests. Dismissing them as whining about poverty is to ignore the dangerous situation that we are stumbling into.

These protests started in America, where the political elite are all right-wing and have engineered tax laws to such an extent that only the richest and the poorest don’t pay tax.

This is a country where their internationally based firms are having panic attacks, because they hold huge profits abroad but can’t repatriate it (which would boost their economy) because they would immediately lose 35% as tax. They are campaigning to be allowed to be exempted from this tax to improve shareholder dividends.

The American protestors want Their Government to “Tax the Rich”. Not unfairly so but to a degree that is fitting.

Mr. Pollard remarks that there doesn’t seem to be a coherent reason being given for the protests but if he listened with an open mind, he would realise that people are voicing the many injustices that are arising from the way that laws seem to have been set up throughout the Western Bloc to increase the wealth of the richest, whilst disadvantaging the average citizen.

It’s not just the extreme –left, who are protesting this situation, it includes people, with wealth, who feel that they are being made to cheat Society by paying too little tax.

Even the vicar of St. Pauls has given tacit support to these protestors, by allowing them to occupy church land and by telling the Police that their presence was not needed and that they should move back to The Stock Exchange, where their presence had been requested.

Mr. Pollard suggests that these people “go out and create wealth”.

Perhaps he is not a Daily Express reader, or he would know that a constant theme in the paper is about how small businesses are going bust because of high taxation, lost trade and the red tape, of which David Cameron had promised to relieve them. Perhaps he has not read of the small businesses, unable to expand and so help build the economy, because banks are sitting on investment funds, whilst still shovelling out obscene bonuses and generous share dividends. Perhaps he is unaware of the tens of thousands of public sector workers thrown on the scrap heap, mostly too old to compete for the few jobs available, no more entrepreneurial skills than the average political hack and with the promise of a State pension receding into a future that they might not live to see. These people are being radicalised, just as reader Philip Norman might be if his job were to suddenly be taken from him.

Just because we have our equivalent “bread and circuses” (state benefits and TV) and just because we are not in as dejected a state as the peasants in the French and Russian revolutions, it would be foolish to dismiss the grievances and sense of injustice being expressed by these protestors.

If the imminent collapse of The Euro occurs, as seems increasingly likely, and we see the economic meltdown, with which we are all being threatened, then the situation could be a lot more serious than a few tents in front of St. Pauls.


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