So, 2 days after the smashing of tory HQ, what else is there to say?
The first really encouraging development to come out of it has been the occupation of Manchester uni against fees. Although it’s now over, it does seem to be a sign of the new mood that’s emerged out of Wednesday’s unexpected events. No-one saw them coming, and after the seemingly impossible storming of Millbank, anything seems possible. The 24th of November definitely seems like it’ll be worth looking out for.
In other news, the Telegraph and Sky News, still desperately refusing to accept that ordinary people can act for themselves without external leadership, have decided that it was the Radical Workers’ and Students’ Bloc, called by the Anarchist Federation and the Solidarity Federation (or, if you’re a Torygraph hack who can’t even copy and paste right, the Solidarity Foundation), who were to blame. Of course, this is nonsense – if you just look at the facebook events that’re meant to have been used to plan it all, you can see the “hardcore anarchist militants” who are meant to have started the riot saying things like “you’ll be outnumbered and outmanoevred by the cops, as ever… you need to be promoting the broadening and democratisation of student anti-cuts initiatives… rather than running around and cockwaving against the cops. completely counter-productive.” (For the record, before Wednesday this is an assessment I would have totally agreed with.) The anarchists were as surprised as anyone else when the mass action started. But, given that the media will probably never represent this kind of thing accurately, I’m not that upset that they’ve chosen this particular myth to push. Sky news are even linking directly to the AF’s write-up of the day (poor SolFed, slightly slower to respond to events and cursed with a less scary name, will probably not get quite the same amount of attention, if only they were still called the Direct Action Movement they might make better media bogeymen). Usually, the media’s totally taken up by scum like Aaron Porter and soft-left Trot leaders peddling dead-end solutions, and the biggest “anarchist” figure to emerge in the media around the G20 protests was Chris Knight, an embarrassing, incoherent self-publicist spouting mystical bullshit. For Sky News to be actively directing people towards class-struggle anarchist organisations with coherent politics is a very welcome change.
Finally, both the Telegraph and the Sun are running appeals for people to grass up troublemakers. These scum can and do ruin people’s lives. If you’ve got any ideas about who might have been involved in the trouble – say, Aaron Porter, Phil Woolas, Jack Straw, Father Fromo Komodo, Nick Clegg, Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan, Vince Cable, Emma Goldman, SpongeBob SquarePants, anyone like that – I’d strongly encourage you to drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line Re: Student) and email@example.com and let them know.