Left Unity against the British establishment during Thatcher’s funeral:

  • Tom
  • April 16, 2013 at 10:10 am
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  • I want to suggest that Left Unity has to unite around how to respond to the death of Margaret Thatcher. A lot of the debate on this site could have been written before Thatcher died. However, we are witnessing a major crisis of the British establishment. They are all over the place: Royals, cops, Tories, UKIP, Lib Dems, Labour leadership, BBC, SKY, Channel Four News… They expected to celebrate the victory of Thatcherism and it has exploded their face. The BBC has to deny us the right to buy what we want and have this reflected in the charts. Cops are threatening us for singing songs with the words “ding dong” in it. Cops are boasting about our right not to be arrested if we turn our backs as a protest against Thatcher’s supporters, satirized as our right to face the direction we want under British ‘democracy’. The establishment closing ranks to defend ‘good taste’ has utterly backfired. All the people see is a shower of rich liars denying the victims of Thatcher a voice. I say Left Unity is missing a trick by not tapping into this in a more centralized way. We should have specific proposals about what to do on the day of Thatcher’s funeral. I have proposed a few ideas myself on my blog. I think many of them are worth considering and would welcome feedback, additional ideas. Let a thousand flowers bloom. We need to discuss how to get around the police restrictions (here is another idea that I think is worth considering: Fuck Maggie Thatcher and fuck the police), how to stop provocations by the cops, politicians and ‘journalists’. We also need to try to stop things falling into the hands of those who will let their emotions determine everything without a moment’s thought for the consequences. That is why the spontaneity of anarchism could explode in all our faces, and be helped along by agent provocateurs, those in the pay of the state to mislead inexperienced youths into the kinds of actions that will get them lengthy prison sentences. If anyone is interested, here is the link to my proposals for what protestors can do on the day: https://derekthomas2010.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/how-do-we-protest-during-maggie-thatchers-funeral/
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