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Oct. 22nd, 2011

11:16 pm - Occupying forces

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Date:October 23rd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)

Re: Reasons - Varied

John, OccupyLSX is not a single-issue alliance, it is a loose coalition of small groups and individuals wishing to raise awareness of multiple issues, by creating one large protest instead of several smaller ones.

I appreciate you quoting my tweet. I could have cared less about the Facebook redesign, my point was, in abstract terms, is that people only get angry and take action when an issue is brought to their attention.

I'm amazed how many people are unaware of the Vodafone/Boots/Next trickery in 'registering' their offices in Zug, Switzerland (pop 20,000; registered companies; 26,000) so they can pay much lower Swiss Corporation Tax.

See here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/may/31/taxavoidance.tax

As for spending cuts, I personally believe the line you quoted "We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable" as misinformed : Some cuts, over a longer period, are indeed acceptable, but Public Sector spending has been cut too deep and too fast.

The aim of OccupyLSX - in broad terms - is to raise awareness of the multiple issues, provoke discussion, discuss solutions and act as a catalyst for more public dissent and action.

In this, I believe that OccupyLSX will be successful. But it will take more than a week.

Oh, and tip-o-the-hat for another honest well-written piece.
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Date:October 23rd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Reasons - Varied

Thanks for the kind words - I tend not to discuss things on Twitter, because I get frustrated by the character limit, but I do read what other people are saying.

The coalition issue is tricky, and it's come up in discussions about the WNBR. I realise that lots of people will have different reasons for taking part in any protest, but I think they all need to have something in common otherwise it diminishes the effect.

If this is the equivalent of a conference to discuss ideas then that's fair enough, and I'll be interested to see what comes of it.
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