The BBC are running this article about how certain elements (who could they be?) will be trying to agitate those who are disillusioned and impoverished by the economic downturn (which is most of us). The angriest photo they could find to illustrate the point was this…
Which does look more ’slightly miffed’ than ‘outraged’. Unfortunately it’s not a bad illustration for the state of organised protest in Britain. Don’t get us wrong. I’m sure we’ll all have lots of fun venting our spleens this summer, but come Autumn will anything have changed?
The truth is that we have the all the resources, skills and technology we need to completely do away with bureaucracy, hierarchy and class division that are in place to ensure that the rich get ever richer whilst the vast majority of people on the planet struggle to survive. Riots might be good for getting peoples attention, but the real work that “known activists” need to focus on is deliverying the right message when the time comes.
You would be forgiven for thinking we are about to take to the streets and RIOT THROUGH SUBERBIA, if only this was true, all we are talking about here are a bunch of lefty’s and petty bourgeois anarchist, having another bun fight with the police, oh how hard you lot are, no better than the scum of the far right, neither offer a solution for the working class, just more middle class utopian dreaming, coming over the dystopia of the everyday life of the working class, how really Wevolutionary of you all.
Is this going to be like the poll tax riot then? – Looking at the list of sponsoring organisations it looks more like a replay of the Edinburgh G7 protest in July 2005. Doesn’t look particularly Anarchist or radical to me. Looks a bit liberal / Oxfam. So, this will either receive a tokenistic patronising mention on the news, or it will be ignored. Then again, if the CIRCA clowns turn up, this will be the media focus and it will look rather silly, or then again, if the Black Bloc turn up, the cameras will point at the violence. So in my opinion, it doesn’t look productive, just at this present minute, it seems rather boxed in from all directions, rather like those barriers in Oxford Street during one of the early noughties Mayday protests.
In February 2003, millions of people protested against the forthcoming Iraq war. No effect, underclass rising do not desire to sounding cynical here. Of course we need to look. Beyond our own weary cynicism (more than understandable given years, nay decades of defeats and disillusionment in British radical politics) is a world where more people than for years – decades even – are going to becoming receptive to alternative viewpoints and strategies. The state knows this – look at the headlines on the Police gearing up for a summer of discontent. The bureaucrats and time-servers know this – hence their attempts to get in there and define the opposition.
If we, and by this I mean those who are opposed to neoliberalism, but also to soggy social democracy that the bureaucrats and time-servers want to put forward as an alternative, if we stand aloof from the mobilisations then other forces will jump in. It is the same as the recent disputes – all credit to the Socialist Party for being there and arguing the case against the petty nationalists and bureaucrats, rather than as some of the left did, standing back, arms folded, and whining about the slogans that the media chose to highlight.
We would be sooner the people setting our agenda, how really Wevolutionary of you all to march from fucking point a to point b, in ever deceasing circles you dissapear up your own backsides, along with the bullshit you lot speak and to be frank, we have herd the same slogan time after fucking time just as we have no time for the far right, we neither have time for lefty’s and petty bourgeois anarchist, for our class to be free we need to Make The Middle Class History no there is one banner, and placards we more than happy to march under with Class Pride Class Unity..