- History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance - James Madison
The protest achieved little of the coverage of last week, but then the virgin event tends to be titillating for the media. Nevertheless, it does underscore the strategic imperative of innovation in order to capture public imagination and sustain media interest.
That said, the action can hardly be described as a failure, it being one more straw on the bankster’s back to paraphrase an old idiom, just as yesterday’s separate Jail the Bankers protest in Gorey was. No one believes that the Dail is going to cave in on itself and legislate for jailing the shysters responsible for bleeding society dry as a result of people standing silently outside parliament reading books. The people on vigil – because this is what it is, people letting government know that they are being vigilant about the relationship between politicians and the rapacious bankers – standing there are the last to think that. The value of their protest rests in it keeping the issue of the banks live while serving as a public checkpoint where someone can shout ‘halt’ before the thieves in Mercs freewheel into the night, booty bonus intact.
The progress of #BookTheBankers is not to be assessed on the false criterion of whether it manages in Bastille week to storm the walls or not. A few days ago the following comment on the very informative Cedar Lounge Revolution site made a lot of sense.
Given the week that has been in it it’s easy to forget the Anglo issue. Indeed given the thoughts many of us had last week about how that might impact on political activity in the last three weeks before the Dáil recess it is interesting how the passage of the abortion legislation wiped it off the front pages.
Fact is, it was not expunged from the media. While the author put its return down to an interview in the Daily Mail, it also featured in news items, talk shows and across the internet because of the standing protest. And as so often happens when a campaign is going forward it is beginning to weave its way into a wider tapestry of protest.
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Easy to do, hard to ignore, Booking The Bankers for their book cooking is a statement that some are not prepared to be slaves to the money masters.