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Business Casual in Fashion for G20 Summit

Banks are closing for the duration of the G20 summit and London professionals are being urged to dress down for the occasion.
Amidst gathering storm clouds of potentially violent protest, police in London have issued a grim warning to attendees of the approaching G20 summit: don’t dress like bankers. Flaunting one’s wealth, it seems, is seriously démodé.
The Edinburgh mansion of Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, was vandalized this week after it was revealed that he received a $24 million pension after quitting RBS, a bank so burdened by bad investments that it required a $50 million taxpayer bailout to prevent its collapse. A statement issued to media by unknown sources after the attack explained, “We are angry that rich people, like him, are paying themselves a huge amount of money and living in luxury, while ordinary people are made unemployed, destitute and homeless.”
“This is just the beginning,” the statement warned.
A professor of anthropology at the University of East London was later suspended from his position for allegedly attempting to incite violence during an interview given last week in which he warned that the G20 summit could see “bankers hanging from lampposts.”
Protest at the summit, slated to being April 1, is widely speculated to be the most organized and well-orchestrated effort in years. Protestors plan to converge on the Bank of England from four sides, each group lead by one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Its no wonder that in the face of this potential mayhem, several London banks have decided to shutter for the duration of the summit and financial professionals are being urged to look like anything other than what they really are.
The impetus for violence against those individuals responsible for this mess – while certainly understandable – simply cannot be condoned. Banks closing and bankers being forced to wear different clothes is undoubtedly emboldening G20 protestors, but the fact that the threat of protest is capable of levying such effect indicates that this is an opportunity for real, sustainable change. Should the G20 deteriorate into violence, the mission will be undermined and the protestors dismissed as criminals. So if its true upheaval we want, let’s be sure to wear velvet to the revolution.

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Anonymous

since when is revolution tea-time? 40 years of pacifism, protest and symbolic action have stopped short of dismantling the system of maximum harm and see the inherent abuse of the machine as situational and not operational. 'Should the G20 deteriorate into violence and the protestors dismissed as criminals' and what of it? quite clearly in many relevant cases, breaking the law is moral, effective and the right thing to do. nelson mandela, by no means a violent revolutionary, was a criminal one nonetheless. 'dismissal' by corporate media (or here now, the police!) is not reason enough to reason with a group of society privileging off the misery of millions.

Anonymous

since when is revolution tea-time? 40 years of pacifism, protest and symbolic action have stopped short of dismantling the system of maximum harm and see the inherent abuse of the machine as situational and not operational. 'Should the G20 deteriorate into violence and the protestors dismissed as criminals' and what of it? quite clearly in many relevant cases, breaking the law is moral, effective and the right thing to do. nelson mandela, by no means a violent revolutionary, was a criminal one nonetheless. 'dismissal' by corporate media (or here now, the police!) is not reason enough to reason with a group of society privileging off the misery of millions.

Anonymous

If the elite are not willing to drive fancy cars, wear fancy clothes and basically "show off", they A-retreat to their gated castles and become nostaglic and/or B-wonder what's the sense of it all.

Anonymous

If the elite are not willing to drive fancy cars, wear fancy clothes and basically "show off", they A-retreat to their gated castles and become nostaglic and/or B-wonder what's the sense of it all.

A Human Being

The bankers shouldn't be killed on the spot or outright tortured of course so that the government will have no reason to deploy military and issue curfews. That would damage the whole activist movement and sway the mood of those conservatives who are on the verge of rioting themselves in favor of state despotism. But would be great to see some caught and ridiculed in a form of burlesque art piece. Their property should definitly continue to be vandalised with an additional benefit of creating more jobs for those in autorepair and refurbishing trades.

A Human Being

The bankers shouldn't be killed on the spot or outright tortured of course so that the government will have no reason to deploy military and issue curfews. That would damage the whole activist movement and sway the mood of those conservatives who are on the verge of rioting themselves in favor of state despotism. But would be great to see some caught and ridiculed in a form of burlesque art piece. Their property should definitly continue to be vandalised with an additional benefit of creating more jobs for those in autorepair and refurbishing trades.

Anonymous

I often see this type of article and it misses the point completely. These banks/bankers make money because they have worked in conjunction with the government. They are the method by which the newly created money is laundered to the populous. The real enemy of the people is the Federal Reserve bank (which is a private group of banks that is immune to political oversight) and any government/central bank that creates fiat currency.

Anonymous

I often see this type of article and it misses the point completely. These banks/bankers make money because they have worked in conjunction with the government. They are the method by which the newly created money is laundered to the populous. The real enemy of the people is the Federal Reserve bank (which is a private group of banks that is immune to political oversight) and any government/central bank that creates fiat currency.

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