Friday, 28 October 2011

Temple kicks out Jesus while moneylenders cheer

Steve Bell

So, on the day we learn that the FTSE 100 directors' pay has gone up by 49% in the past year (55% the year before), St Paul's Cathedral turns the tables and tells Jesus where to get off while the money lenders carry on with business as usual.

Profits are soaring, David Hartnett of HMRC lets off Vodafone and Goldman Sachs from repaying billions in money we are owed, we are being ripped off by rail, energy, landlords, supermarkets and grasping universities, and the church expects us to be supine in our acceptance of being ripped off.

The anti-capitalist protest group — Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX), UK Uncut and various — is to be ejected from one of the few remaining scraps of London where you can protest. The City of London and the cathedral are pressing ahead with legal moves to close down the camp. It's enough to make you a barricade-manning revolutionary.

A word from the church's boss:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and Mammon.

Just sayin'. (Thanks, Skattycat)

How about reinstating our democracy and allowing the protests in Parliament Square? After all, the point of Parliament is to run our country for us, not provide snapshot fodder for tourists.


Uncle Al said...

Right on the money [as the Dean and Chapter would like to be at £14.50 a pop]!

bijziend said...

I agree with everything except the sentiment that they are anti-capitalist. I am a small business owner, and fully support their efforts to even the playing field. They aren't anti-anything, they are pro-fairness in business. :D

Madam Miaow said...

Thanks bijziend. Yes, the protesters represent a wide range of concerns. Many of them will be anti-capitalist, but not all.

Hi Uncle Al, if Dean and Chapter devoted a fraction of the energy expected to be spent on evicting the protesters from St Pauls, on the crisis emanating from the bankers and fat cats, I'd have a lot more respect for them. Money does seem to be their main motivation. BTW, £14:50? To have look around a place of worship? Ye godz!