I knew it was only a matter of time before the parties not in power here in the United Kingdom tried to hook themselves to the Occupy movement, and lo, it begins:
Ed Miliband warns of St Paul’s protest ‘danger signals’
Of course, that was only after he was pipped to the post by the head of the Green party and the only Green MP in Parliament, Caroline Lucas:
Caroline Lucas speaks out in support of Occupy London Protest
If I’m honest, I believe that Ms. Lucas (Mrs? She’s married, but didn’t take her spouse’s surname. I’m always confused as to the correct etiquette in addressing such) is probably a hair more sincere in her support than Ed Miliband is. It is worth noting that there was a lack of commentary until it became clear that the protest was for real and not going anywhere, which can be read as both being prudent at being opportunistic. It is good that they recognize the plight of the many and wish to make statements supporting the desire for change, but the real question is whether or not this will be translated into action. While the government here isn’t quite as bought and sold as the American government, it would be naive to assume that Members of Parliament listen to the wishes of their constituents alone. After all, everybody has their price.
But for now, I just hope everyone continues to remember that they do have a voice, and that they should make it be heard. We all know that change is a slow process and will take many years, but it won’t happen unless we keep talking about it and brainstorming and working to improve the world. Because, mes amis, life has no easy button – it takes effort. But unlike all the happy that the media tries to sell us, you get the real satisfaction of knowing that you are achieving something tangible. A flat-screen TV is not an achievement – it might bring light amusement, but it’s just stuff. But hey, live your life the way you see fit for yourself, and I’ll live mine. 😉
And otherwise, have a lovely day.