So the bullshit elections are over and we can get back on with our daily lives away from the bread and circuses of reactionary and popular politics with a royal baby thrown in for good measure. We can get back to dealing with the politics of daily survival in this slave economy, the housing crisis amongst our families, the destruction of our communities, the mental health crisis effecting our population…….. The “A” word Austerity which is the black dog so many of us have to deal with.
So as expected the reactionary protest flared and arrests ensued. The police behaved as normal and agitated, attacked and arrested innocent people. Rumour has it some “man” spray painted some statue or another. Uproar and outrage were the response. The next interesting thing that happened was the Radical Left General Assembly hosted by the Brick lane Debates. Some good groups coming together lets keep an eye on them and then the Peoples Assembly machine managed to ride the wave and created a National Demonstration to end Austerity and the invite now has 58k. Impressive.
So you’ve caught my eye for a number of reasons the march was billed to go from the Bank of England to Hackney – different, they must have something planned other than the usual speeches, and the number of different blocks I have been invited to some of them not the normal run of the mill unions, and a few radical groups that do not normally do the A – B. Any way for what ever reasons I actually had a little hope in this being a little different. So much so I made some stencils.
But no it wasn’t to last for long Peoples Assembly have changed the destination of the demo. What the Fuck? What the fuckity fuck ?
Why do we always have to march to Parliament. To go to the power house and beg (sorry demand) change. Peoples Assembly want us to march from the Bank of England to parliament on a Saturday and listen to some “amazing” speeches and then go home. Ok so the majority of people will do just that. But why not use this amazing opportunity to take the people to a place that they are needed. Why go to a place that has systems ready to control the way we move using police lines, the way we behave with Agent provocateurs/Agitators ,the cameras to record every face that was there, the forward intelligence teams to record known activists when no crimes are being committed by innocent protesters.
Why not take the march to a place where the young and angry will not be provoked into unrest by provocative, and aggressive police tactics creating opportunities to arrest innocents. Why not take us to a place we can highlight what is a real issue at the moment the critical housing crisis for example. We could hold our speeches and our assembly in the belly of the beast. In one of the many areas being gentrified, we could take it to a specific place to highlight one of the many issues that is threatening the working class the real politics of life and survival.
So why not? Why not make the march an action? Why not give people the taste of the power they hold? Why not ? Is it because actually you really don’t give a shit that you are taking people into one of the most highly secure areas in London and you know that to get the coverage you want the arrests. Are you secretly hoping that a blac bloc will run amok and smash a few windows of companies that don’t pay their tax or spray paint some slogans that provide cheap journalism an easy story. Are you willing to sacrifice the people you can’t engage?
So why don’t you take it somewhere else? Why not ? Why not take it where they don’t know how to facilitate your demo and have an assembly that is inclusive and progressive. Because right now all your doing is giving the state another opportunity to criminalise any dissent and alienate the disengaged further. I will not be promoting another fawnification of bullshit parading where no solidarity is being shown to the people that most need it.
Fucking waste of time oh yeah and I heard they wanted to raise £60,000 for that privilege. I want my stencils back !!