26 March: hope I don’t see you…

March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm (Cuts, Johnny Lewis, parasites, solidarity, stalinism, Tory scum, unions, Unite the union)

I hope I don’t see anyone I know on Saturday’s march. I say that because  it should be so big that the chances of bumping into a friend, colleague or comrade will be minimal. Meeting up somewhere for a drink later is a different matter, of course.
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A massive march is to be welcomed. But it is, of course, only a start. It must be more than a one-off execise in gesture politics and must, instead, be the start of a co-ordinated political and industrial campaign by the trade union movement against the cuts and the Coalition government itself.
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Maria Exall (CWU Executive and TUC LGBT Committee) discusses the way forward in the latest edition of Solidarity & Workers Liberty. She writes in a personal capacity:
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The TUC “March for the Alternative” is an attempt to put pressure on the Conservative led coalition Government to change the direction of their economic policy.

It is good that labour movement bodies as well as voluntary sector and community organisations are marching together. Realistically, though, the aim of defeating Government policies can only be achieved by a greater level of industrial resistance and much more focused political campaigning.

The Tory led Coalition Government is pursuing an ideological agenda — keeping lax arrangements for bank regulation, cutting back workers’ rights (including recently stopping improvements in flexible working arrangements), rolling back the welfare state — all continuations of the “laisse faire” capitalism that gave us the credit crunch in the first place.

But trade union reaction is, so far, very limited. 26 March can only be the beginning, we need a more strategic and political response.

Though trade unions in the public sector are looking at the possibility of co-ordinated industrial action on the major cutbacks in public pension schemes, this is an issue that only affects public sector workers directly.

The ideology behind the Tory plans (supported by constant media references to inefficient bureaucracy and privileged and overpaid public sector workers) is this — a dismantling of decent conditions of employment for public sector workers as a precursor for the dismantling of the public sector itself. The challenge is for public sector trade unionists to argue against this ideological intent and win over the majority of working people to defend the public sector.

The massive attacks on working-class living standards through job losses, public and private, changes to tax and benefits systems, and the higher prices for necessities will only get worse over the coming year. Progressive trade union leaders need to lead the resistance to this attack on living standards too.

The involvement of a broad coalition of community groups and the voluntary sector will be important, but the commitment of trade unionist to fight cuts and job losses is vital. This is not only because organised labour has economic and political power which it can use through targeted industrial action, but because (imperfect though it is) the labour movement represents working class democracy.

We need to build a truly non sectarian campaign, formally backed by several unions, to take things forward.

A conference called around this aim, and open to all would be a start. We need a broad-based but political coalition against the cuts, left unity amongst socialist groups, and a recognition that the cuts will hit certain groups within the working class harder — disabled people, women, BME and LGBT communities. The demands of such a political coalition can form the focus of community campaigns but also the basis of the policies we should expect from the Labour Party.

Now is the time for focused political demands — putting flesh on the bones of an “alternative”. An increase in political involvement in grassroots anti cuts campaigning led by the labour movement is the best chance of achieving political change.

We need a workers’ government and this can only be built through workers’ democracy.

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Johnny Lewis writes:

Meanwhile, it has been suggested in certain none-too-reputable quarters that the scabs of the ‘Stop The War Coalition’ and the once-honourable CND, are hoping to use the march to give the false impression that there is significant trade union support for their objectively pro-Gaddafi line of opposing intervention in Libya. It is being suggested that they will try to flood the march with their “Cut Warfare Not Welfare” placards, hoping that marchers will not realise that this apparently unobjectionable slogan will be presented by both ‘Stop The War’ and the right wing press as opposition to intervention in Libya.

I very much hope these rumours are unfounded, and that such cynical manipulation will not be tolerated by responsible figures like Mr Andrew Murray, who will surely have used his influence as both “Chief of Staff” for Unite the union and Chair of the Stop The War Coalition to prevent the march being brought into disrepute in such a disgraceful manner.

So if you’re offered one of these placards…just say no!

Above: ‘Stop the War’ / CND scabs must not hi-jack the march

20 Comments

  1. Egg on your face said,

    Why don’t you just form your own coalition?

    You could call it the ‘More War’ coalition, or perhaps the ‘More Cuts to pay for War’ coalition. Or perhaps the ‘Bomb the Arabs’ coalition.

    Honourable patrons : Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens. Historical mentors, the late Phillip Scheidemann and Gustav (‘somebody has to be bloodhound’) Noske.

  2. Dave said,

    It is of course shameful to pose two good causes against one another, as has become somewhat routine for the reactionaries in the STWC. But it should be easy enough to tear out the “warfare”, so that it reads “Cut not welfare”: a bit Shakespearian, perhaps, but better than sounding that you are in favour of the crushing of the Arab uprisings.

  3. Egg on your face said,

    “sounding that you are in favour of the crushing of the Arab uprisings”

    and of course the likes of Clinton, Cameron, Sakozy, the House of Saud, and Uncle Tom cobbley and all, are not in favour of that, are they?

    Lets have a kinder, gentler counterrevoluiton.

  4. jim denham said,

    And your patrons/historical mentors, eggface? Charles Lindbergh, Father Coughlin, DN Pritt, Captain Ramsey…oh, I forgot: you’ve already got George “indefatigable” Galloway, haven’t you?

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    An individual, a group,
    A party, or a class
    That “objectively” picks its nose
    While it watches men drunk with blood
    Massacring
    Defenceless people
    Is condemned by history
    To rot and become worm-eaten
    While it is still alive.
    (Leon Trotsky)

  5. Egg on your face said,

    Why don’t you throw in the Kaiser, Hilter and the Mikado while you’ re at it pop-head?

  6. Egg on your face said,

    “An individual, a group,
    A party, or a class
    That “objectively” picks its nose
    While it watches men drunk with blood
    Massacring
    Defenceless people
    Is condemned by history
    To rot and become worm-eaten
    While it is still alive.
    (Leon Trotsky)”

    Actuallly, quoting Trotsky in support of imperialist war is pretty bizarre.

    The Japanese atrocities in Nanking in 1937 rather dwarf anything Qadaafi is ever likely to pull off even in his wildest dreams. Presumably Trotsky should have been agitating for a US/British/French armed expedition to China to stop this. Did he do this? No. He had the Marxist good sense to understand that these states were imperialist through and through and if he had done so he would simply have become another renegade from Marxism.

    By the renegade logic of Denham, Trotsky must therefore have been condemned out of his own mouth.

    • Oscar Lomax's Undercrackers with added vitamins and minerals said,

      boring stupid idiot tosspott

  7. Dave said,

    “and of course the likes of Clinton, Cameron, Sakozy, the House of Saud, and Uncle Tom cobbley and all, are not in favour of that, are they?”

    They don’t appear to be, eggface, from some of their actions. They appear to realise that it’s too late and are scrambling to position themselves to benefit from the new reality of the “freedom agenda”, if I can put it that way. Besides, I think socialists should be on the side of the Arab uprisings whatever the policies of the capitalist governments. Unfortunately, as Trotsky might have written specifically of the SWTC: “the political consciousness of groups which long imagined themselves to be among the most advanced, displays itself, at a moment of change, as a colossal obstacle in the path of historical development”.

  8. Egg on your face said,

    “Besides, I think socialists should be on the side of the Arab uprisings whatever the policies of the capitalist governments”

    What you really mean is that ‘socialists’ should be on the side of the capitalist governments.

    That is what is being argued here.

    The House of Saud supports the Arab revolution? Tell that to the people of Bahrain, Yemen and those whose demonstrations have been forbidden on pain of amputation of limbs etc.

    The imperialist intervention is aimed at destroying the revolution by ‘heading it in order to later behead it’. A counterrevolutionary strategem that you evidently support.

  9. Dave said,

    Bahrain for the Saudis represents a bit of a life and death struggle for them, but I think they might already have lost, more or less. These things seem to be progressing at different speeds in different place, as you’d expect. Most likely the imperialists know all this. Only the lumpen and mostly unprincipled “anti-imperialists” don’t seem to have caught on yet.

    Yemenis seem to be doing OK, by the way, whatever the position of the imperialists towards their struggle.

  10. Dr Livingstone I Presume said,

    Trying to incite your AWL goons to violence against the CND really takes the biscuit. They are perfectly entitled to ask why our economy is geared to warfare and selling arms to the likes of Gadaffi instead of socially useful stuff. Denham thinks he’s Winston Churchill but he’s more like Mussolini.

    Didn’t Denham stand by, no worse, support Bush and Blair’s unilateral butchery in Iraq? You weren’t picking your nose you were part of the blood lust.

  11. jim denham said,

    Livingstone is mad and/or a liar:
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    “Trying to incite your AWL goons to violence against the CND really takes the biscuit. They are perfectly entitled to ask why our economy is geared to warfare and selling arms to the likes of Gadaffi instead of socially useful stuff. Denham thinks he’s Winston Churchill but he’s more like Mussolini.

    Didn’t Denham stand by, no worse, support Bush and Blair’s unilateral butchery in Iraq? You weren’t picking your nose you were part of the blood lust.”
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    Since when did “just say no” represent an “incitement to violence”?

    And check the record (not difficult) on the AWL’s position of consistent opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s not difficult, but perhaps beyond the capability of an irrational loon like Livingstone.

  12. cedric said,

    Hey Jim,i thought that Leone would be shot for his revoulusionary deeds.What you reccn,shall we make the rules as we go.

  13. Oscar Lomax's Undercrackers with added vitamins and minerals said,

    OMG look at this utter wank written by horse lover no doubt

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/03/26/the-lost-generation-a-poem/

    i can smell the middle classness from here

  14. blereg comementer said,

    he werze on theIR. Betta than in the parst but stilll fukking sheite lyke. base ik lee it werze recycle(ophobia!)d 6ixTh ferm KAYnezIAN sentrizm rubBish about “KonSUmer Konfidernce” rather than shocialsm or WerkErs poower or shit liyKe thaat. Hunderl and mates:

  15. blereg comementer said,

    LIBeral Kuntspiracyy: “oh tarquin, let us rebuild leftism in thsii heere village hall!”

    Medja node.

  16. Pinkie or who gives a fuck said,

    If you behaved in public as you do on this blog site, Will, you would be frequently hospitalised.

    That would not be a badge of honour, it would be the mark of a fool.

  17. Oscar Lomax's Undercrackers with added vitamins and minerals said,

    I am reminded of the time Hundal made a big deal on PP
    about ‘the people’ who were up in arms about the suppression of the
    monk’s protests in Burma didn’t really care about the country because
    they called it “Burma” instead of “Myanmar”. You’d think that because
    these people apparently have no jobs other than blogging that they
    have more than enough time to read books and form a functional
    background knowledge of the issues they supposedly are fired up
    about–but no. Bunch of fuckking twats.

  18. Oscar Lomax's Undercrackers with added vitamins and minerals said,

    remeber this?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2008/jun/17/futureofjournalismiscomme

    shame on Brooker for taking part in such horSE-shite a nd sharing a platform with Moany Sundial and posh publik schoolboy and stalinist hack Mijlne. disgrace.

  19. Oscar Lomax's Undercrackers with added vitamins and minerals said,

    Nick-Clegg-2010: “There’ll be riots in the streets if the Tories get in”

    Worth reposting

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