No alarms and no surprises – first thoughts on J30

So, the first co-ordinated strike against the cuts has come and gone. Without wanting to speak too soon, it looks like the overall situation is still roughly what it was before the strike: the government and police are still bastards, the Labour Party is still openly hostile to the working class, the leftists who gave me a leaflet calling for “the Labour Party… to break with the bourgeoisie, to restructure and reorient itself, and to form a government which takes serious measures against capitalist power” are still obviously delusional, and there’s still a substantial number of people who are defiant and prepared to take action, although this is nowhere near the tipping point reached in places like Greece and Spain. Indeed, one of the most important lessons to take away from the strikes is the need to break down divisions between different sections of the working class, especially that between public and private sector workers. The working class has the power to beat the cuts, but I’m not sure that public sector workers alone can, and the minority of public sector workers organised in the PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU certainly can’t win by themselves. On this note, one of the major disappointments of the day was the lack of a visible presence by school and college students showing solidarity with their teachers.
One notable feature of the day is the sheer lack of any direct link between the day’s events and their coverage in the Sun – despite the lack of any property destruction, and the fact that many of the day’s 37 arrests were pre-emptive, they still covered the protests in a way that made it sound like a re-run of March 26th or the student riots. Only the lack of pictures showing anything other than peaceful protesters and people being attacked by the police give away the total lack of content to the story. Hilariously, the Sun also announce that they’ve launched the “Stop the Summer of Hate campaign to keep Britain’s schools open.” Unless I’m missing something, no-one’s talking about more teaching strikes happening before the autumn, so if this “campaign” means anything at all, it can only mean they’re campaigning against the summer holidays. Bizarre. Also somewhat confusing is the Kingston Guardian’s report on police “checking the identification of picketers to make sure they are union members and not anarchists.”
In world news, the Arizona police documents released by LulzSec have been found to contain some fascinating reports about anarchists (along with more predictable revelations about police racism and… well, more racism, mostly). I wonder how much of the Missouri Information Analysis Center report is just copied straight from wikipedia? Oh, and police violence reached new heights in Greece this week, as documented on Occupied London and libcom. It’s pretty much impossible to say what’ll happen in Greece next, but a clear-cut victory or defeat for the movement there would have major consequences all across Europe, and probably beyond.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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1 Response to No alarms and no surprises – first thoughts on J30

  1. lyudico says:

    You are right and know what you think.
    This blog is great, great photography and attitude. you would like it.
    Young revolution

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