St Paul's Cathedral is closed.
To the outsider, it does looks as if there has been some bad decision-making here by those at the Cathedral.
In particular, the 'health and safety' excuse appears spurious, as it so often is when invoked by self-serving idiots.
It must have seemed so clever: let's threaten to close the Cathedral, they thought, that will make the protesters leave.
And so this huge and beautiful domed Cathedral, perhaps the finest ecclesiastical building in London (though I also like St Johns Smith Square and Christ Church Spitalfields), has closed down.
It has closed down in what just seems to be a hissy-fit when some small-tented non-obstructive protesters called its bluff.
An elephant has been beaten by a mouse.
I can vouch that the protesters are non-obstructive; I work just by St Paul's Cathedral and, although I am hardly an anti-capitalist sympathiser, I have seen every day this last week that the protesters are not impeding access to the Cathedral, and that they are well-mannered and clean.
One may think their views to be misconceived, but I have not witnessed anything which would suggest the Cathedral had actually been inconvenienced.
As I said, the Cathedral played a bluff, and the protesters called it.
I wonder if the clergy will sheepishly re-open the Cathedral in a few days.
In the meantime, we should be grateful to #OccupyLSX for, if nothing else, reminding us of how stupid some very senior religious people can be.
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