Fletcher's column an example of poor journalism
Re: Tom Fletcher’s column of Nov. 8 (‘Occupy movement nothing more than another squat’):
No surprise here as Fletcher dismisses the Occupy movement as a bunch of ne’er-do-wells.
Fletcher suggests the squatters are “funded by government unions” because the squatters are “anti-capitalists and statist in their message.”
The underlying belief is ordinary citizens must be influenced and financed by outside sources because, presumably, ordinary citizens are incapable of such action on their own initiative.
The Occupy movement is in its beginnings, but the message of “the way the capitalists (and socialists) are running the world is going to lead to our demise” is evident.
Unless, perhaps, Fletcher believes the 2008 financial debacle was a figment of collective imagination.
This is all reminiscent of the protests, demonstrations and sit-ins of the 1960s.
Then, there was no clear leadership, but there were lots of young people desiring a change in the way things were done — and opposition from all levels of government.
The protesters had their effect throughout society.
If Fletcher believes there is nothing wrong with the way things are, let him explain and give evidence.
To just criticize others who are putting action to their beliefs is a cheap shot and a poor example of journalism.