This is Athens and Barcelona today:
Protesters in Spain blocked access to parliament and the politicians had to be helicoptered in.
I can’t help wondering if our own government is looking to see if it can get a good deal on water cannons for the summer. Police chiefs would be delighted; they’ve been asking for at least the past two years.
UPDATE: Here’s Nigel Farage’s take on the banking system and the protests:
And HERE is an on-the-spot report from the BBC’s Paul Mason:
And I will repeat the point about hostility to the media: it’s not a problem for me and my colleagues to be hounded off demos as “representatives of big capital”, “Zionists”, “scum and police informers” etc. But to get this reaction from almost every demographic – from balaclava kids to pensioners – should be a warning sign to the policymaking elite. The “mainstream” – whether it’s the media, politicians or business people – is beginning to seem illegitimate to large numbers of people.