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Some People Want Shooting

A list of some of those most guilty for colluding with Gaddafi.

Fuck anybody who doesn’t fully condemn everyone on this list, from Blair to Chavez.

Although, to be clear, I disagree strongly with this comment in the article:

It pains me, but I am also willing to overlook the military sales various western powers (including the United States) made to the regime in order to get its help against terror.  In the world in which we actually live, as opposed to the beautiful utopia which so many clueless idealists imagine we inhabit, you sometimes have to deal with Beelzebub to keep Satan in check.  FDR and Winston Churchill helped Stalin survive World War Two at the cost of extending his genocidal tyranny and watching him condemn two generations of central and east Europeans to life behind the Iron Curtain.  Richard Nixon made a deal with the even more genocidal Mao Zedong and his late-phase psychotic Gang of Four associates to contain the Soviet Union and stabilize Asia as the US retreated from Vietnam.  Selling weapons to Gaddafi to enlist his help against Al-Qaeda wasn’t pretty and may not have been wise — but ugly is not a synonym for indefensible.

Better to be a “clueless idealist” than complicit in genocide.

h/t Rosie Bell

Their Agenda and Ours

And, by ours, I’m talking about the anti-cuts movement.

Our agenda is, put simply, to oppose the cuts.  But for some, opposing cuts is actually entirely irrelevant to them.  Or as Luke Akehurst puts it:

I’m marching because I want Labour back in power, simple as that

I have two simple questions.

  1. Who is really trying to hijack the anti-cuts feeling for their own agenda?
  2. How many people would turn out to a “get Labour back in power” demonstration if it was advertised as such?

And now for some light relief…

A selection of random tracks that are currently tearing up my playlist highway, as Smashie and Nicey might say.

Some subcultural feuding, with this merciless skewering of Chumbawamba.

Now incredibly unfashionable, but still incredibly bloody good.

Some dumbfuck liberals will tell you that you shouldn’t laugh at somebody’s death, no matter how repellent that person was.   They’re entirely wrong, as they so often are.  And this ‘obituary’ of the fat dead Nazi that was Ian Stuart proves it.

The best ‘not very new’ band around at the moment.  If you don’t love them, I could never love you.

Proper Brummie eccentrics.  As seen in “When Hippies Turn Bad” presented by Troy McClure.

That’s yer lot.  Actually, I always suspect that nobody apart from the blogger ever reads these music posts, let alone checks out the bands linked to.  So if you can state otherwise, let me know in the comments.

Demonstration against Cuts- Huddersfield

Got back earlier from a demonstration outside/inside Huddersfield town hall, as the council were setting the budget today.  As demonstrations go, it was reasonably positive.

It was jointly organised by Kirklees Save Our Services, UNISON, UNISON Health Branch, Trades Council and the NUT.  There were even some anarchists involved in the organisation, but nobody tell Comrade Newman or he might get all grumpy (actually, this brings up an interesting point.  Is Uncle Joe Newman prepared to follow the logic of his position and openly call Yorkshire UNISON members “scabs” for working with “enemies of the labour movement”?  I suspect he doesn’t have the courage of his convictions, but maybe I’m being unfair.  I’m telling you, I wouldn’t be allowed to make posts like this in the worker’s utopia of East Germany).

I’m even worse at estimating numbers than the cops, but I reckon maybe a hundred people turned up, militant, but generally good natured.  We tried to get into the chamber itself, but were unsuccessful.  The council refused to let more than 12 people in to watch proceedings, instead trying to shuffle people off into a “viewing room” with a webcast.  So, most of us decided to stay in the lobby.  We tried to get in through the theatre door, but it was locked.  The council had also hired on extra security (apparently protecting themselves from the opinions of the people they supposedly represent wasn’t the kind of expense to cut) plus about 20 cops/community support officers.

The local Tory MP turned up to talk to the demonstrators!  I have to grudgingly admit, the man has guts, even if he is the class enemy.

Couple of really positive things about the demonstration for me.  Firstly, the militancy.  When people were trying to get into the council chamber, there wasn’t what you sometimes get with a divide between ‘direct action activists’ and ‘demonstrators’, outside obvious considerations of people having kids with them etc.

The other main thing that stood out to a veteran hack like myself was how democratic the whole thing was.  As opposed to the usual list of ‘safe’ speakers, a couple of the organisers spoke, then the floor and megaphone were freely available to anybody who wanted to talk about their experiences.  Which led to a speech by a couple of people from Libya about events there, which we wouldn’t have got with the usual heavy handed management of protests favoured by much of the left.  And, for me, is real internationalism in action- letting ordinary people talk about their views and experiences.

One issue that is going to arise again and again is that Labour voted for the budget.  Some Labour party members, even on the left, are arguing that we should only oppose Tories, not Labour councillors.  For me, that does suggest we need to watch the Labour left a bit carefully.  It’s reasonably obvious that they are torn between loyalty to the party and loyalty to the class and it’s unlikely they’ll all jump the same way.  This also means that the suggestions from some on the Labour left that the movement needs to work out its relationship to the Labour Party are playing with fire.  I don’t think they quite get how angry with the Labour Party (specifically) a lot of people are. Somewhat cynically, as part of the anti-Labour left (and for a lot longer than the johnny come latelys like the Trots), I don’t want us to be pushing this issue.  As it will lead to us being bashed with the ‘sectarian’ stick.  However, part of me really would like the Labour left like Owen to try and force this issue.  As instinct tells me that doing so is more likely to produce a result to my liking than theirs…

Old State Multiculturalism in New Beer Bottles

When the right attacks multi-culturalism it really attacks multi-racialism, when the left (those people above and others) attacks multi-culturalism its defending multi-racialism. The almost total misunderstanding of that by many people has allowed those totally valid criticisms of the wider effects of competitive multi-culturalism on w/c communities (of all colours) to be dismissed and branded as racist – leaving the ground clear for the BNP, for the edl and now for Cameron. They’ve now got the bridgehead they want to attempt to split the w/c even further on race lines – to racialise social issues.

(Butchers Apron on Urban 75)

That strikes me as a reasonable starting point for understanding Cameron’s latest attack on “state multiculturalism“.

One issue that has obviously caused controversy is the timing, the speech having taken place on the same day as an EDL demonstration.  While the EDL are claiming that Cameron is now speaking to them (in between eating bacon box masters, losing their hats and downloading child porn), they would really, wouldn’t they.  A careful reading of the situation suggests that’s highly unlikely; instead the probable audience for this argument is most prominently the Tory right (in part, to placate those currently unhappy about the coalition with the Lib Dems), with a sideways glance at the Daily Mail brigade and/or UKIP types.  The timing does, however, suggest that Cameron is incredibly fucking poorly advised by whoever handles his spin.  More interesting is the fact that, on the day of an EDL rally, he chose not to mention them directly, instead focusing solely on Islamist terrorism.  The idea he didn’t know it was on is laughable.  So that strongly suggests that he didn’t put it in because concentrating on Muslims was the message he wanted to put out to his target demographic.  That, more than anything, puts Tory protestations of not playing “dog whistle” politics with race into sharp perspective.

It also blows the argument that we see from Lib Dem apologists out the water.  Where they claim that the Lib Dems are modifying the coalition politics in a more liberal direction, instead we see a pandering to the Tory hard right, with not a peep of public protest from the Lib Dems.  They are culpable here.

One of the main thrusts of the speech is the call for “integration”.  Cameron repeats the word several times and goes onto say:

That includes making sure that immigrants speak the language of their new home

This is highly cynical.  For, in fact, the Tories are heavily cutting funding for ESOL courses. Typical Tory tactics here.  It’s very similar to the way they cut back public sector jobs, then stigmatise the unemployed for not being able to find the jobs that they’ve already destroyed.  This is an obvious sign that the speech, as opposed to being a genuine call for integration, is actually an attempt to divide and rule the working class, as part of the ongoing class war the Coalition have announced.

It’s also a weak point.  And the left should exploit this to the full (sadly I’m not entirely convinced they have the tactical sense to do this).  It’s my view, based on having lived in communities with a high level of racial diversity all my life, unlike David Cameron and his toff mates, that the vast majority of working class non-whites want to integrate.  We should demand that funds are available for this to happen.  More specifically, in any area where immigrants are going to be settled, we should demand a proportional increase in funding for local services, in order to aid voluntary integration.

We should also point out, without apology, that lack of integration is a far more substantial issue with the middle and upper classes, especially those who live in gated communities etc.  The vast majority of the working class don’t need any help to understand how to live with people from other ethnic backgrounds.  We’re already, by far, the most racially diverse class.  Our neighbours, workmates, friends, lovers are far more likely to be from a different ethnic background to us and, on the whole, this causes very little problem.  If Cameron and his ilk are serious about this, they can start by getting their own house in order.  But they aren’t.

And, if you unpack the speech, this isn’t actually a break from divisive state multiculturalism at all.  Cameron isn’t talking about stopping funding of “community leaders” etc.  He simply wants to make sure that they’re a safe pair of hands to fit it with making various ethnic groups compete on that basis, rather than uniting in a way that could challenge the status quo.  If you doubt this, there’s a simple question to ask yourself.  Do you think the police are going to stop using local Mosque elders to try and stop young Muslims turning out against the EDL?  If not, than undoubtably the state is still attempting to divide people on religious grounds.

And, if you look at the “big society” rhetoric, an important part of that is free schools.  And all evidence points to the fact that, not only will faith groups be able to set up non-secular schooling on those grounds, but that very little oversight will take place.  For Cameron to make this speech, while allowing schools to introduce creationism by the back door, is, quite frankly, taking the piss.

And, despite Cameron’s attempt to steal the language of parts of the left without crediting his source (in particular, some of his arguments are far too close to Keenan Malik’s for it to be coincidental), is what divides his anti-multiculturalism from ours.  While this is a pretty classic example of the old situ theory of recuperation, it actually is about something very different.  It’s about trying to unify people as forelock tugging peasants, behind “king and country”.  It’s about attempting to present certain groups as the “enemy within”, as a step forward from the already existing divide and rule tactic produced by state multiculturalism.

And we need to resist it, not by fighting for the status quo (which the UAF are doing, unsurprisingly considering they have Cameron on their list of supporters.  They aren’t a group with a class analysis, any more than the Women’s Iinstitute are), but by fighting for anti-racism, against multiculturalism.  The old kind, or the new kind that David Cameron is now pushing.

EDL and the Pretend Assasination Attempt

The EDL further their descent into Boy’s Own Fantasies in hilarious fashion.

These are some statements from the EDL (google them, I don’t want lots of stupid pretend hooligans talking about their bacon box masters on my blog).

It is with regret that I have to give you this expected news, but tonight we have seen the religion of peace in their full glory. One of the EDL leaders Kevin Carrol has been targeted by Muslim gangs in luton and has been shot at several times. Details are a little scetchy as armed police have the area contained at present. Kev and his family are safe I can confirm that much. More info to follow

Hi it’s Tommy Robinson, this is true a Muslim with a shot gun attempted to shoot keV they threw rocks at his window to draw him out of his house. He and his family are with armed police, I also have police guard at my house. They won’t stop us, we will continue. We will defend ourselves. Luton demo would still go ahead… even if one of us was killed! As always no surrender, not now not ever!

The hilarity increases.  They are claiming Pamela Geller as their main ‘proof this happened.  Because, y’know, she isn’t an obviously partisan EDL supporter and is well placed to comment on UK matters anyway.

But, strangely, Befordshire Police seem to have a different view than our English heroes.

At 10.42pm yesterday (Thursday 27th January), Bedfordshire Police were called to an address in Bolingbroke Road, Luton following a complaint from a man that something had been thrown against his window.

On going outside to investigate he saw a man, with what appeared to be a shotgun, making off. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Let’s remind ourself of what the EDL said again.

One of the EDL leaders Kevin Carrol has been targeted by Muslim gangs in luton and has been shot at several times.

Simple mistake to make.  Throwing stuff at window, but no shots versus being shot at by Mooslim gangs.  We’ve all mixed those two up.

But wait!  The EDL have a failsafe explanation for this strange contradiction!

You people denying this story are fools, the police would have put a gagging order on the press for fear of a violent backlash from non muslims.

Wow!  I never thought of that!  Because the likes of the Daily Mail and the Star would never post an anti Muslim story.  I’m convinced.  I’m sorry for being mean EDL.  😦    And I’m even sorrier for the comment that will follow this quote:

After the events of last night I hope the people that werent going to Luton are changing their mind still a few seats left on the coaches from north west pickups still available at wirral, liverpool, carlisle, chester, holyhead, blackburn, bolton, burnley ,stockport, wythenshaw, warrington and could also pick up on services on the M6. £20 Luton and back

Nice marketing trick!  Are you using the services of Max Clifford?

h/t and more EDL lulz over at Exposingtweets.

Berlin Anarchist Black Cross Statement on Mark Stone/Kennedy

One of the better statements we’ve seen so far.

Resources Section

I’ve added a new “resources” section to the links, but it’s still a bit sparse.  Suggestions are welcome.  It should be pretty clear from the current links the kind of stuff I’m likely to be interested in, but to summarise it’s a list of links for activists.  And I’m interested in both practical and theoretical ‘resources’.

Another cop outed

A third undercover police officer has today been revealed by the Guardian. Mark Jacobs, known as ‘Marco’, operated in Cardiff for four years, infiltrating the Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN) and other groups including international anti-globalisation networks, No Borders, and the early Climate Camps.

h/t Fitwatch

Check your contact lists etc.

email address: marcobanjo2000@yahoo.co.uk

UK mobile: 07746080139

‘Greek’ number: +306942665880

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/cardiffmarco (screenshotted in case of removal or hiding.  Don’t forget to use a proxy before checking it out!)

Of particular interest here is any information metalheads may have on this guy.  That may be a bit harder to track down than people in the direct action movement.

More on Undercover Cops in the Direct Action Movement

The undercover officer unnamed by the Guardian is Lyn Watson, although that was probably a pseudonym.

This is her.