richard lyon

Posted October 31, 2011.

The dean and chapter of St Paul’s have superbly demonstrated in recent days the point Occupy London is making: that City interests have compromised and captured some of the most powerful institutions in the country. One might have hoped that an institution such as St Paul’s, conscious of its own history of civic purpose and national identity, not to mention the radical gospel of a Jewish itinerant carpenter, would have grasped the symbolism of the moment more astutely. That they failed demonstrates all the more starkly the ethical bankruptcy of our age. And that, after all, is exactly what Occupy London is about.