>Friday 26 September 2008: The Wembley Tent City Occupation joined with the Anti-Academy Alliance in a protest outside the Ark “charity” headquarters in London.
Ark is founded by Swiss/French financier, philathropist and hedge fund speculator Arpad “Arki” Busson.
It is very interesting to see how in the recent weeks as “Credit Crunch” bypassed “Recession” and hurtled straight towards “Global Economic Crash”, with seemingly no end in sight, how protests against school privatisation became directly linked to the world’s financial meltdown, the link being the very same people and organisations behind this self-induced downfall of capitalism are the very same names turning up trying to take privatise UK state schools.
It is also very intriguing that local councils and national government still seem to think these individuals and organisations can be trusted with one of the most important jobs in the world, educating children. They did such a great job on the global banking system, let them have the schools too?
Recently Busson’s Ark – Absolute Return For Kids, some have recently rebranded them Absolute Cash Return on Kids – was rejected as the sponsor of Birmingham’s proposed Harborne Academy.
Below is a lively video of the protest outside Ark headquarters.
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