A statement from the organisers stated that "by 2014 we will not have proper public ownership of frontline health and social services. Affordable (council) housing is being phased out. Our money is being spent on things like banks, nuclear weapons, and subsidies to airline companies. These things are not public services. Our money is being spent by central government on things which do not benefit us.".
The occupation lasted for an hour, with the manager of the bank reserving his anger for the press from the Oxford Mail rather than the protesters, according to one of the organisers. Several hundred leaflets explaining the reason for the protest were handed out to the public and all the cake was eaten!