I can’t remember exactly how I got involved with this group, but it has satisfied my need for a worthwhile recreational activity that allows me to fully explore my creativity whilst also meeting a variety of new people.
I’m particularly involved with the campaigns side of OOG and last weekend we put on a Robin Hood Tax stunt in the city centre of Oxford.
What is the Robin Hood Tax? It is a small tax that governments could apply to banks to generate billions of pounds to help fight poverty in the UK and overseas. This isn’t an Oxfam campaign, though Oxfam supports it. It is an idea that turned into a campaign which has now become a movement. Supporters include charities, green groups, trade unions, celebrities, financiers, religious leaders and politicians. Hell, even President Hollande of France and Chancellor Merkel of Germany support it.
The Robin Hood Tax is justice. The banks can afford it. The systems are in place to collect it. It won’t affect ordinary members of the public, their bank accounts or their savings. It’s fair, it’s timely, and it’s possible.
So back to last weekend. After at least a month of planning, the day came for us to don masks, tights and feathered hats and transform into the infamous outlaw, Robin Hood. Naveed and Danial bravely stepped up to the role of ‘Evil Banker’ and played it worryingly well!
The day’s plan was to perform ‘The Banker’ video from the RHT website (which features Bill Nighy) and talk with members of the public about the campaign to increase awareness. Getting out and talking to the people of Oxford about the RHT was great but if I’m honest I spoke to more Japanese and Spanish tourists than local Brits. We filmed our performance so that the campaign could take on a new life online.
Filming was hilarious but the message that comes across is sincere. If you’re behind the tax, please sign up your support through the RHT website, please share the youtube video we made and please read the article on the Oxford Mail online.