|Liam playing his guitar|
Evicted from St Andrews Square, overnight a small part of the 'Occupy' movement took over a small patch of the Meadows. There are half a dozen tents situated to the west of Middle Meadow Walk.
So why are they here? That was the question in my mind when I visited and spent a good while chatting to Liam and John. Lovely guys, by the way, and we had a good chat - which I'll post more about later when I get a few moments.
But the summary is that they think there is a lot wrong with society (lots of agreement, there, then!) and that getting publicity - and especially publicity that encourages people to be nice to each other - will contribute to the social glue needed to build a better society. And that will help regain democracy. Two very big problems there.
- Action outwith the very precious (though fragile and imperfect) democracy we enjoy is hardly consistent with 'restoring democracy'.
- The evidence this morning is of a protest movement who have no real idea what kind of society it wants to build - other than being nice to each other.