I’ve just read Incubus’ comment on the general assembly at St.Pauls last night so here’s a few thoughts of my own. About 6pm we got the megaphone and Occupy eton banner up and announced we were off to Old etonian AGM. Positive response from crowd and an audble gasp when I mentioned Bruce Foxton of Eton Rifles Jam fame had sent his son there.I was asked to repeat the story. About 20 peole accepted our invitation and came with us to Withers. The cops had previously confirmed that the AGM had indeed been cancelled (talk about Blog power!). On arival at Withers I tunelessly sang the eton Boating song (about 3 times) then asked if anyone else wanted to speak. A woman stepped forward and said she had something she wanted to read out.It was Charlie Chaplin’s speech at the end of The Great Dictator. She read it out facing Withers. It was curiously moving hearing above the traffic swirl this plea for humanity being addressed to the stone walls of tax avoidance solicitors and Old etonians. I admired that she had wanted to do something which years ago I’d have probably scoffed at. It was in this thoughtful mood – after a few pints with ancient comrades – that I passed back through the St.Pauls occupation. The general Assembly was about to begin. A big crowd maybe about 400 – attentive and eager. I tried to think of what it reminded me of and historically I think it was the Provo occupation of Dam Square in the 1960s. At this point the facilitator was doing OK – explaing the consensus decision making process, the agenda etc. I looked round – how ambitious to hold a general assembly open to anyone at this time of night. A couple of weeks ago it would have seemed a pure fliht of fancy. I had a bus to catch so left before long thinking of the assembly and the reading of the Chaplin speech. Something new is happening which my old tramline brain was having difficulty understanding. i didnt know anyone there – it wasn’t the usual activist types I’d expected a few weeks ago. A whoe lot of new people were doing it their way. I felt a bit shamefaced about laying my old class war Eton rhetotic on them. This was their time. They had no need of anyone from lefties to me parasiting old agendas on to them. Time to stand aside and marvel. What a year from riots to a hot November in prospect. A rep from the Direct action Group was listing what needed supporting – electricians, November 9th. The hands waived supportively in the air. Incubus describd the corruption of the later process but the potential is still there. Yes I think the Provos in Dam square was thhe nearest I could get to historical comparisons. But the people at St.Pauls didnt ned such historic references – they were making history on the steps – haphazard, halting and sometimes risible but comrades – they are doing it. Smetimes the best thing you can do is get out the way.