This is a new one

Since then, it has been common for local authorities to \”adopt\” streets and public spaces, which means that whether or not they actually own them, they control and run them. Now this process is being reversed, with huge implications for democracy. Protest is not allowed in the privately owned places that define our finance centres because they are not democratic places, a conclusion that is unlikely to surprise the protesters.

Private property is anti-democratic now is it?

I can recall when it was merely theft but the idea that it\’s anti-democratic is a new one.

9 thoughts on “This is a new one”

  1. This would have more credibility if the “public” spaces controlled by Governance were not increasingly restricted by abritrary State regulations. There isn’t any “right” to protest anywhere. You have to apply for a licence, don’t you? So really there are private spaces owned by private companies, and private spaces owned by Councils etc.

  2. Bollocks. Someone needs to ask the morons if they would happy for a hippy to pitch a tent in their hallways.

    Or for someone to walk off with their iPhones.

  3. As for the area around St Paul’s, it is owned by the church, which traditionally welcomes all members of the public.

    Actually, the church traditionally welcomed members of the Anglican sect. Papists, dissenters, non-conformists, presbyterians and even Methodists were strongly discouraged. With fire and sword if necessary.

    And even Anglicans who wanted to cause a fuss would be asked to move on. The point of OccupyX is to cause a fuss. OccupyLSX have been asked to move on. I’m sure we can manage “with fire and sword” if we’re asked nicely.

  4. “Adopting” a street means that the local authority takes on the responsibility for street repairs etc. It doesn’t mean that they suddenly “take control and run them”, but hey, this is the Guardian – why worry about facts.

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    I do recall a London private street that was “adopted” by the council. First came the parking regulations. Then it became one way. Last I heard it’s now part of a ‘Controlled Parking Scheme” so residents have to cough up an annual sum to stop outside their own doors & pay for parking permits for visitors. No doubt the next stage, it’ll be closed to traffic & pedestrianised, so bringing them back to where they started before there were cars.

  6. Pitch a tent in the lobby of the Guardian office, and discover a surprising exemption to their Rule of Universal Access for the People.

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