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Simply by virtue of my work location I was in the centre of the storm -the G20 protests in the City of London. Police briefings had warned us against the brewing plans of the ‘anarchists’ and dress down was order of the day -standing us apart from the ‘pin striped-silk tie clad’ City slickers!

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Midday Onlookers

Midday Onlookers


The day started with a trickle of protesters gathering in various corners, a dress run of a few hundred cyclists protesting against climate change, when suddenly around mid-day the noise of police choppers woke us from the monotonous office stupour. A walk around the corner brought us to this complete different world where a few thousands had gathered in front of the Bank of England – placards read ‘CRAP-ITALIST B-WANKERS’ , ‘ABOLISH MONEY’, ‘VESSEL FOR YOUR GUILT’, ‘BAIL ME OUT DARLING’…..the mood was upbeat, drums and bands played war beats and the crowd jeered on. A few thousand policemen stood guard in a cordon. At one point the onlookers with cameras seemed to out number the ‘anarchists’!
The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On


Protesters Progress

Protesters Progress


Initial jeering turned into taunts and then came rants of extreme provocation. The police stayed calm and some even had a smile. Suddenly it turned ugly, the crowd lunged forward, missiles of beer cans, milk bottles, eggs, smoke bombs, lunch boxes came hurling at the cops. Still no reactions. This was a line up of British Transport Police with just a baton in hand but forming a formidable cordon. Suddenly an officer was fiercly struck with a wooden baton – the Police reacted this time but once again showing extreme restraint. The officers charged with their baton and at one point even looked outnumbered by the surging crowds, which by this time had swelled. The riot corps were waiting in the wings, and it was their turn – in came the battalions with their shields and batons to contain the frivolity.
Crowd Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground


The Bank of England

The Bank of England


In the melee I managed an advantageous spot, sheltered from the missiles and the surges and still being at the epicentre of things, I came out unscathed – but ofcourse with these pictures of the battlefield.
As You Read It

As You Read It


Mocking the B-Wankers!

Mocking the B-Wankers!


Today was a day that opened my eyes to a few things and without sharing these with you I would do injustice to a great system which has somehow sadly lost the appreciation of its own people. I heard the most extreme obscenities and taunts directed at these policemen on duty, a constant fusilade of abuses and missiles directed at them, every kind of instigation meant to excite them and provocations of a million types to get their reactions – but these brave and fair forces held their ground like true stoics – their faces didn’t give away any emotions, neither did their actions! The message was very clear – say what you have to, this is a free country but harm no one!
Taking the Brunt of It

Taking the Brunt of It


Word Of Caution

Word Of Caution


Is this not democracy? Many of us from various parts of the world have seen and experienced protests, uprisings and even riots and most often its the law keepers who emerged the demons – violating every sort of human rights, oppressing the public and showing no mercy with their guns and batons – a protest of this size could easily count a few hundred casualties! Correct me if I am lying………
The Wall

The Wall


However, on another note I even observed that the majority of these protesters seemed like wasters, students with no direction, drunks, the homeless and the ‘USELESS’!
And
……………..Hurray to the Met Police!!!!

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Now that the depression is official, it is I am told the most severe peacetime recession since 1930s…..and the Bank of England is even gloomier about prospects of recovery, predicting a 4% fall in economic growth in 2009. Millions of jobs lost, and thousands going every day, we are soon looking at 3 million jobless struggling to pay their bills by Easter.
The City

However, did the common man in Britain ever stop to think where things were going for the last many years?

Britain has let its manufacturing industry perish to pursue the lucrative business of financial services, focussed on a pivotal position in the world’s Insurance and Financial Services businesses , promoted Royalty to attract millions of tourism dollars from American and Japanese tourists every summer, and out-priced its domestic labour force so that the ever eager ‘new-Europeans’ get jobs to re-build their nations. Britain has built its economy on what the common man calls the ‘services sector’.

Very Familiar?

Very Familiar?


Meanwhile, we the tax payer have:
•Accepted the grumpy waitress in an ultra expensive Gary Rhodes eatery
•Experienced the ‘UK Based’ call centre operative being abrupt because I wanted an explanation for an over charged gas bill
•Been zapped and disoriented by cancelled trains on Monday morning, left in a complete lurch without any explanation or alternative, late for a client meeting!

These are frustrations we live with in modern Britain………..but no one seems to care. And this to any outsider is even more bizarre, because half the world still looks at Britain in awe where everything is very ‘desirable’!
What amazes me is that no one bothers to even explain what has gone wrong, they don’t say a sincere sorry and most often cannot help – even the ‘illustrious’ leaders of our Banking system couldn’t say a sincere sorry.

The Reality!

The Reality!


In the melee and build up to a ‘modern’ economy, someone somewhere forgot the importance of ‘unparalleled’ customer service, which is key for the services economy. And so, when 20 years ago in a hotel chain in India they were teaching me – ‘the Customer is always right’, no one bothered about it here. ‘Things could never ever go wrong for Britain!’ – Didn’t Britannia rule the waves for centuries?
The customer got taken – (I mean for granted)……..the signal of a great downfall.
But now for the ones who have a job and the ones who are hanging on to theirs for dear life – do we realise how important the customer is? Maybe there is still hope :
The Customer is King – pamper him!

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