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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 April 2009
Gordon Brown meets the bankers
On 26 March, those who passed through Walthamstow town square in east London came across a very incongruous sight. A group of bankers (members of the Walthamstow Socialist Party branch in fancy dress) rubbing shoulders with the man himself: Gordon Brown.
The bankers were wearing the finest suits and sporting placards printed with entreaties such as: "Please give generously. Two yachts, three mansions and five pensions. £550 billion should almost do it"
People raised their eyebrows as the bankers clinked their glasses and, laughing, received handfuls of money from Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown approached members of the public, asking if they would like some cash for their mortgage, education or children's future. He then snatched back the money and said, without apology: "Sorry I have to give it to these bankers".
The merry crew met with mixed reactions of amusement and confusion. The bankers and Gordon Brown took their greedy hands to the post office and the library, where Gordon offered up these public services to the bankers.
This stunt is part of the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign and one of several which have taken place across the country to put across the daunting message about capitalism today in a fun way.
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In The Socialist 1 April 2009:
The G20 leaders have no solution to the crisis...
Fight for a future!
Youth Fight for Jobs conference
Why I'm marching
The grim reality of job-hunting
G20 Summit: Capitalism facing 'make or break'
Free market system killing our planet
Bail out workers, not Wall Street!
Socialist Party workplace news
Visteon workers occupy Belfast factory
Construction workers' protests continue
Socialist stands in Aslef leadership elections
College teachers strike in Eastbourne
Unison needs a fighting leadership: Leeds City Council
Whipps Cross Hospital
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Economic crisis turning into political action
Socialist Party election campaign
No2EU - Yes to Democracy
Dave Nellist on the Politics Show
Socialist Party campaigns
Poor hit by price rises
No to privatised polyclinics
Gordon Brown meets the bankers
Sack the bankers not the workers!
International socialist news and analysis
Now that the profits are drying up in the Indian software industry
Sweden: Socialist councillor viciously assaulted by Nazis
The Socialist 1 April 2009 |
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