I was lucky enough to be part of the “Making Poverty History” event in Edinburgh on Saturday, with Victoria, Michala & Phil.
It was a spectacular day – a huge crowd, incredibly well organized, with a great sense of humour and camaraderie. The old, the very young, from all parts of the country (and across Europe) – some just “regular people”, and some a little bizarre! Everything was done with such a light touch – the word “polite” seemed to be the word of the day. The police smiled at the marchers, and the marchers smiled back. Everyone learnt something. I think our kids will remember the day for the rest of their lives.
But don’t mistake the determination to make a difference. You could feel it in the air. All 225,000 people shared the same goal – make a point about making a difference.
And it seemed the Hyde Park Live8 crowd were on exactly the same wavelength. Good for Bob Geldof, Bono and others – and look at the terrific job Will Smith did in Philadelphia. Who will ever forget the 3 second finger clicking to signify the death of a child ….
On the other hand, I read with anger that the week is now being driven by anarchists and others with no agenda to help others – and unfortunately that may now take over the headlines. I just urge the media to put this into context.
The real big news is that ordinary people are politely but firmly wanting change for the poorest people on this earth.