Taking Back Control

Under the title of “Take Back Control”, events will be taking place across the country (specifically Barnsley, Bradford, Croydon, Hastings, Norfolk, Plymouth and Sunderland) over the next few months, aiming to “bring together leave and remain voters, make sense of Brexit and discuss the change we want to see in our communities.”

It seems like the best grassroots response to Brexit I’ve seen so far, refusing to line up with either the Leave or Remain camp but instead aiming to “act together” and “take back control from economic elites and establishment politicians.” Which is broadly in line with what I’ve been thinking we’ve needed since last summer.

A note of caution: although the website is largely free of any branding, it does mention that the events are supported by “The World Transformed“, who’re tied to Labour/Momentum (being vaguely aware of recent internal dust-ups within Momentum, but not really up on the details, I’m left wondering if more radical types within Momentum have started having to use the TWT name now the leadership have centralised control, but whatever, it’s not the most interesting subject), and this piece from the Mirror makes it sound like they’ll be very much top-down pro-Labour rallies rather than non-aligned spaces for grassroots discussion, so it might be best to wait and see what form they take before getting too excited. Still, while I’d prefer to see more autonomous, horizontal events aiming to do the same thing, any kind of attempt to organise an anti-establishment, anti-racist current in places like Sunderland or Hastings is better than nothing.


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"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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