Comments: Sunday afternoon updates on St Paul's Cathedral

Without the bankers and the city there would be no Church of Eng;land stipends and pensions. Bankers do a lot of good and we owe much to them.

Posted by robert ian williams at Sunday, 30 October 2011 at 7:49pm GMT

I wonder if his Grace and the chapter have any clue how incredibly tone deaf they are, and how bad they look to the rest of the world, bad by the measure of the Magnificat that (I presume) they say daily.

Posted by Counterlight at Sunday, 30 October 2011 at 8:27pm GMT

"Bankers do a lot of good and we owe much to them."

They're not entitled to rule over the rest of us. We are not obliged to defer to them. And they are subject to the same law as all the rest of us. They shouldn't be able to gamble with our money and defraud us all with impunity just because they bought off the government and own all of the political parties.

"Laws, like the spider's web, catch the small flies and let the big ones go free." -- Balzac

Posted by Counterlight at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 11:45am GMT

@Counterlight

The bankers don't rule over the rest of us. They are regulated through Parliament and our elected government, as I'm sure you know, and regulation has been tightened further.

I don't see how anybody can engage with a protest which compares the City with - for example - 'classical fascists' justifies its design as:

"Note the use of VirusFonts typeface, Bastard. We think it is a rather apt choice of typeface, considering the ideology of the typeface: the reinterpretation of blackletter semiotics and insinuation that multinational corporations are akin to the new fascists."

http://virusfonts.com/news/2011/10/the-occupied-times/

How does one engage with that stuff?

This is why - them having had their right to a protest allowed by everybody, this has now become simply a case of obstruction and a policing matter.

Posted by Matt at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 5:03pm GMT

"Bankers do a lot of good and we owe much to them."

At least they make the trains run on time, eh?

The comparison to fascists is apt - taking much, giving little, dictating societal structuring through purchased influence. And . . . please . . . the idea that those whose comfort depends on capitalism running as wildly free as possible would actually "engage" with those suffering under its bestial nature is laughable.

By "engage," I take it you mean get them to shut up and let you live your complacent life.

I have no problem stating that you cannot call yourself a disciple of Christ and support the ideology of capitalism - the two are entirely inconsistent.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 6:33am GMT

What a silly view..Bankers do not rule over the world...that is only one dangeroius step from claiming like some do ( both the nutty left and right), that they are all Jewish or it is a CIA conspiracy.

Be balanced..modern day banking is a success story, and has done us much good. I suggest critics , remove all their money from a bank, if they are so "principled."

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 7:27am GMT

I reiterate:

You live a comfortable life, so you care nothing for the suffering the finance industry engenders. I pray you have a chance to learn directly how those who've "fallen through the cracks" experience life - it may teach you humility.

In the meantime, you cannot be a follower of Christ and a full-fledged capitalist; sorry.

And, finally, if you honestly believe that *you* have the same influence as a multi-millionaire over your government, then you might want to look at which of us has a silly view.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Wednesday, 2 November 2011 at 3:52am GMT
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