A matter of ethics and moral thinking

The day I have been waiting for came at last! A Copernicus moment for humanity when the truth of how the world really rotates begins to unfold before our very eyes with the publication of the Panama Papers.

I can’t quite remember how I first came across the concept of “offshoring”, but the industry I work in was probably one of the earliest to experience the dilution of services from ‘outsourcing’. From the turn of 1999, it appears to have become very unfashionable for private corporations to keep any business interest or service “onshore” and hence we have witnessed a massive growth by shareholders to create great distance between everyone and everything.

Read anything like this yet? Grab your coffee and enjoy!

Read anything like this yet? Grab your coffee and enjoy!

To support this business model we find such terms as “offshore”, “wealth management”, “asset holding”, “hedge funds” and so forth. Before reading Shaxson’s highly informative book, I used to think this invisible financial layer didn’t touch me in any way. But I saw soon saw the light. This book, or similar flavour, should be posted through every British letterbox for Brits to dissect over their cornflakes and cuppa tea!

It is soon realised that from the purchase of an iPhone or management of a pension plan through to the hours worked by NHS junior doctors or cutting disability funds for the vulnerable, that ALL is connected by this millennia’s most fashionable business model.

So, whilst taken very much by surprise by the Panama Papers and the 11th hour opportunity to stand at 10 Downing Street, my sister and I enjoyed putting a protest banner together overnight. From noon, the sun shined brightly as children and dogs squinted eyes, folks chatted to each other about the latest revelations and Police ducked under our banner in good humour. We flew our “stop offshoring” banner with smiles and shared our opinions with a few TV camera crews and journalists.

Straight to the point!

Straight to the point!

 

Time to smile and share a thought

Time to smile and share a thought

 

Still wondering if the best font was used!

Still wondering if the best font was used!

 

Most protest posters were generally demanding the Prime Minister to ‘get his coat’. Talking to people here, opinions and theories were varied but all seemed united in the drive for change in the light of recent events. Cameron’s handling of his own affairs and his attitude to public concern have left much to be debated upon.

Looking through the Downing Street gates to the alley beyond, I realised that most people in the demonstration had their backs to it, looking outwards instead towards the street and the people. This was not just a demonstration for the government; this was a gathering of ordinary folks looking for a new definition of the “British public”. Time to wake up and redefine who we are?

 

A sunny noon start for the peaceful 'Panama Papers' fallout protest

A sunny noon start for the peaceful ‘Panama Papers’ fallout protest

 

And the buses forced to stop as the crowd gets busier

And the buses forced to stop as the crowd gets busier

 

90 minutes later and the clouds came in a little but the crowd expanded to include the protesters from the Tory conference held earlier and the ‘pig’ posters now blending in amongst the anti-Tory slogans. The occasional poster for disability cuts appeared and some artists drafted up their own on the spot, feeling the moods and tides as each minute passed.

 

Facing the gates of Downing Street

Facing the gates of Downing Street

 

Always looking a little exposed on Whitehall, the monument to the Women of World War II, shown on the photo below on the right, stood firm and patient with the protesters.

 

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War Memorial for Women stands strong amongst the protesters on Whitehall!

 

Other angles taken to protest on the release of the Panama Papers came in the name of class struggles and the widening gap of the rich and poor. Activists from known organisations also made their presence known.

 

A David Lloyd mask from "V for Vendetta" heads to Downing Street

A David Lloyd mask from “V for Vendetta” heads to Downing Street

 

Another perspective on the growing class divide

Another perspective on the growing class divide

 

Just before late afternoon set in, we wrapped up our banner and headed for Westminster Station. People dispersed on their own accord, leaving a small group to continue their cause on Parliament Square. Some violence occurred in the evening at this square, which was disappointing after such an unusual but promising day.

There will be more to come as the data is analysed and dispersed, and none of it will be too pretty. Let’s see what we learn and rise to the occasion!

Originally published: Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 03:06 in Industrialism, Money

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One Response to “Time to wake up!”

  1. Julia says:

    Brilliant well written article on such an important topic – look forward to seeing the future fall out from all this 😉

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