THE cathedral has been playing a sensitive role with the Occupy Sheffield encampment on its doorstep but now that uneasy peace is about to be shattered.
The Dean, the Very Rev Peter Bradley called for the protesters to move on, after they been camped outside the cathedral for the past six weeks.
He used his Sunday sermon to explain why he was making the call and has asked the protesters to respect his wishes in the face of the prospect of losing income for the church and the amount of time being taken up dealing with them, a distraction at what is one of the busiest times of their year.
But protesters have said they will not be moved – not voluntarily anyway.
There is a certain amount of sympathy for the protesters, if not for their protest then for their cause.
But they now need to take a good look at themselves and ask is it right to be inflicting their protest on the church, preventing them from achieving what they want to do – and to consider moving on. They have made their point, there is little more they are realistically going to achieve.
A deal lacking in Olympic spirit
WHEN London won the right to host next year’s Olympics, we were told it would benefit the whiole country.
But when a Barnsley firm bid for a contract related to the 2012 games, it found otherwise.
Wybone applied to provide street furniture as part of the revamp of the Olympic park once the games are over.
But it dropped points against rival bidders because the firm was ‘too far away’ and had not worked on the Olympic park before.
No doubt, there were concerns the bid would have added to the carbon footprint, but that seems churlish when other contractors from this area have won business.
At a time when small to medium companies need all the help they can get, Wybone has every right to feel badly done by.
Cut is hot topic
THE devil is in the detail, so they say, and once again this has proved to be true.
For when George Osborne cut a temporary winter fuel payment in March, few pensioners took this on board.
It was in the small print of the budget, but now as the temperatures dip, the reality of that move is all too clear.
Will cold weather payments bridge the gap? Let us hope so because heat is essential for the elderly to cope with winter.