12 Aug 2011

E.U. Crisis: Friday Afternoon: The End of an August Week with a Show to Entertain the Most Bored of Society.

The Mother of all Recessions  got off to a flying start last Monday The City Boys Gangs  rolled the dice while the Mob Gang rolled into town. After a week of playful  activity the week ended as it mostly does with the crowd looking forward to a Sunday morning media reflection cos there’s not much to do. 
I don't care if Monday's blue
Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too
Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday I'm in love................................the Cure.
What’s  come out of the week is a rash of statements from high to low from Foolish and  Panic, to Rumour, Dictatorial and Spiteful which pretty much sums up the situation we are all in.  As the BBC business reporter Robert Preston put it....  “Are they completely bonkers”……
Curfews, social media and Internet shutdowns, a ban on wearing face coverings and throwing those on the street as homeless if convicted of rioting were among some of the spiteful responses emanating from levels of British society against the protesters. Nothing new in this of course.  The City Boys Gang got off with a temporary shutdown of one of their Casino tables. 
One thing’s for sure if the causes are not addressed then the symptoms reoccur  for both the Gangs of the City and the Street.
And what’s also sure is the shocking realisation that politicians don’t expect to get burnt when playing with fire. As one gang member put it;
 "These are the people who got us into these situations and now we're realizing they don't know what they are doing. The market's finally catching up,"
"Sitting on the fence, Katwijk beach Netherlands. Wish you were here."
Politicians blame Internet social media and hand phones for the effectiveness of the rioters and their ability to organise.  A commenter  on the BBC website wrote;    
 “The most important tool we have ever had. It enables the people to be heard as much as big business and our government…….. There is now pressure to control and suppress this united voice under the "we are trying to protect you" guise…….. 
You see this is the world we are and human nature is the same as before.                                       
I don't care if Mondays black
Tuesday Wednesday heart attack
Thursday never looking back
It's Friday I'm in love………………………………………….
What we also saw this introductory week to the Mother of all Recessions was the spiteful reproach of politicians towards the people they are meant to serve for being recalled  from their annual holidays. Reminds me of when I worked in the Belfast picture agency Pacemaker Press during the Irish troubles.
We recalled the director to work from his holiday in the West of Ireland after the IRA murdered a senior British Royal (Lord Mountbatten) while holidaying in the same area.  The director moaned and groaned about his sacrifice for the agency for the best part of the following thirteen years.