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Newsflash: Labour Doesn’t Care About You

From: Freedom Anarchist Newspaper | 27.06.2014 17:03 | Analysis | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Liverpool | World

It turns out the Left can move people – just not very far or in very interesting directions.

Seeing as how these things are usually rained out or freezing, The People’s Assembly at least managed to pick a nice enough day for their “No More Austerity: Demand the Alternative” march on Saturday (June 21st).

It’s a shame they couldn’t also have picked a more inspiring message – begging the government to stop the public service cuts they’re ideologically committed to and demanding a new Labour government as the only ‘alternative’ they can imagine. Hardly an Earth shatteringly radical call to arms for the poor and oppressed. But they do have Russell Brand, so that’s something.

The Class War continues
The Class War continues

The march itself was decent enough standard lefty fare. Trade Unions, campaign groups and of course every flavour of Trot you could want to avoid turned out to fill the streets. Numbers for these kinds of thing are usually hard to come by, but the organisers are sticking with a (generous) estimate of 50,000. Of all the blocs that gathered to fill out Portland Place, the prize for most entertaining had to go the Class War crowd. Who else would have banners with ‘We Are The Fucking Alternative’, quotes from Lucy Parsons and ‘Fuck Off Back to Oxford’ next to Owen Jones’ massive face? These, coupled with rousing speeches and the shocked looks of passing Ascot goers trying to reach the station put the assembled Anarchos in high spirits and attracted plenty of attention to them. So much attention in fact, that a squad of Police Liaison Officers- including two from Wales preparing for the expected NATO protests – spent their whole day shadowing them and being called bastards.

The truth is, Labour isn’t failing to make moves against cuts and austerity measures because they haven’t been asked yet, they’re failing to do it because they don’t want to. It’s not in their interest to make sure the rest of us are doing all right if it means damaging the profit margins of the elite who make up their leadership and donors. The Labour party are every bit as capitalist as the Tories, and just because they’re less shameless about it doesn’t mean they’re going to provide any salvation. A party who once ignored a million people taking to the streets against war in Iraq clearly don’t care about we say at all, and probably couldn’t give less of a shit what a few thousand marginal lefties want to see on their manifesto.

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  1. With a link to the full Article — Mr H