“Did Occupy make a difference?”
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked this. It’s usually at social gatherings after the inevitable “what do you do” question, and my reply that I write about social change. Until recently the question was slightly different – I was asked whether I thought Occupy would make a difference. But now it’s always in the past tense.
While the tents have been (mostly) absent from St Paul’s for a year now, the perception that the movement in Britain is dead is slightly awry. Protests continue in solidarity with local anti-cuts campaigns, most recently in the form of occupations in a library and adventure playground in south London. But it’s true that the UK movement hasn’t managed to maintain the momentum on the scale of Occupy Wall Street, and the change it called for remains a way off.