St Paul’s Cathedral, London, is “hosting” the UK’s version of Occupy Wall Street.
Two weeks later after the protests began, the growing suspicion is that St Paul’s will join forces with the City of London to forcibly evict the protestors. St Paul’s senior priest, Rev Giles Fraser resigned yesterday, fearing the rumored eviction will turn violent. Protestors in turn said they were “deeply moved” by his resignation.
The Church now has an important PR weapon: an intermediary whom the protestors like and who also understands the Church’s dilemma. Why not offer the Reverend a role as 3rd party mediator?
The PR Verdict: B Minus for St Paul’s. Don’t just “express regret” over his resignation. Get him on board. He is the easiest way to prove you are still committed to dialogue.
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