City expects more St Paul’s-style activism over the next few years

PROTESTS like the one outside St Paul’s cathedral will become a regular feature of life in the Square Mile, according to the City A.M. / PoliticsHome.com Voice of the City Panel.

Eighty-two per cent of panellists said they expected more protests of this kind to take place over the next few years, compared to just four per cent who said they expected less.

Almost three quarters of panellists (72 per cent), who have been recruited to represent a cross-section of people working in business and finance in London, said the current protesters should be forced to move their camp, compared to 21 per cent who said they should not.

A similar amount (76 per cent) said the protesters’ aims were unclear.

Meanwhile, the Church’s handling of the protests came in for short shrift from our panel, with a majority (62 per cent) saying they were unfavourable to its reaction.

Panellists described the church’s response as “dithering”, “confused”, “foolish”, “naive” and “impotent”.

City A.M. and PoliticsHome interviewed 482 panellists by email last week