DAY 175: La lutte continue!!

June 26th, 2016 § 0 comments

Oh God, I thought, that bloody referendum result. I’m supposed to have an opinion on it, when all my friends have already had endless opinions in less than twenty-four hours – and posted them, and liked them, and commented on them, and commented on the comments. I’ve been to ‘remain’ events, and to ‘after it, what now?’ marches, and rallies, again all in an amazingly short space of time. The nicest one, which I bet you missed, was the London2Calais gig run by Freer Ideas at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Kentish Town; this was on the actual night of the referendum and while advertised as electro-punk13438956_10201574491761765_217113596314999774_n (and gender anarchist in case you were in doubt), was wildly eclectic and would have been a distinguished line-up at, say, King’s Place or the Barbican. The one I failed to make was this afternoon’s queer 13001181_10201619093834954_4549887524166533683_npicnic (I was delivering a guitar to a Syrian in Birmingham, but that’s another story).

Luckily, a few moments’ thought convinced me that I didn’t need to provide any opinions, thoughts, etc of my own since as I’ve said since dawn broke on Friday my friends have been clogging the pages of Facebook with laments, threnodies, and the like inspired by the result; and all I need to do is the usual select, control-C, control-V to include them in this offering.

Holly Blossom Mullinger on Britishness: 1527070_10152051310979720_532570993_n‘so a lot of statuses on here are about how it’s a good thing for Britain to “take back control,” I wanna respond by asking since when was it so important to have so much power? We have seen Britain at its worst dating back to thatcher and before and now I’m afraid it’s about to get a lot worse. For those of you happy with this divorce, ask yourselves whether you trust your future in the hands of racists like Boris or Farage? The fact that this referendum was at 72% turnout, the highest since 1992 shows what’s really at the forefront of most people’s minds and heartbreakingly that’s a warped and fear induced view on migration. “Strengthening” our borders as a priority for leavers highlights abhorrent nationalistic tendencies; have we really come to the point of wanting to cherry pick who’s allowed in, favouriting privilege and entitlement?! Britain’s mentality is about to become a lot narrower, expect far right policies, zero tolerance for difference and a country only concerned with capitalism and profit for the rich.
If we actually cared so much about britains welfare we’d have seen far more engagement with elections and day to day politics.
I am honestly ashamed to be British today; I’m terrified of what’s about to come and I’m heartbroken the 52% of British public chose sovereignty over community. As we see consequences already emerging I hope the remain campaigners, like myself, will fight unconditionally for the love and strength we are so missing with our fellow world.’

Izzy Tomico Ellis 13501733_10154235937162999_3645185298627310908_n(17 June, after the shooting of Jo Cox) on bombs, police, and fences:

”’Never again”; is the phrase used to describe the Holocaust. The ensuing creation of the EU aimed to prevent a similar tragedy. Though this has been realised in Europe, all over the world atrocities of a similarly brutal nature have and continue to occur.

Britain is on the brink of destroying this union, imperfect as it may be, it is (ideologically) a step in the right direction.

Greed and hatred have created borders, division, inequality and a growing culture of extremism. This is being fought by dropping bombs and putting up fences, a completely inhumane and utterly stupid strategy. It is widely accepted that to solve a problem you tackle the route not the cause.

This hatred and greed is what spurs the racism, xenophobia and inequality we see.

The shooting of a Labour MP by a man who shouted Britain first is not unlike the crimes of ISIS that many supporters of the far-right use to justify their actions. They are too, extremists.

The widespread desire to leave the EU is routed in fears of immigration and of sharing, or simply the inability of being humane.

RIP Jo Cox and every other soul who has died fighting for dreams of a more kind world.’

Monique Alicia Bell (25 June) on not targeting the working class: 10415656_10153968028515135_6177404070199500498_n‘Really sad to see some of my associates sharing posts, memes and rants on here that directly target working class communities. Referring to names that are typically working class, using language that mocks those who don’t use the right vocabulary.

My opinions on Brexit still stand: those who ran the Leave campaign centred it around racist, xenophobic immigration rhetoric, but this was also seen quite a lot with the Remain camp too. This is not to say that everyone who voted leave is a racist xenophobe, but that campaign did unfortunately win votes from people who are constantly told their lack of access to resources is because of high immigration. To win these people over, we need to make the truth/counter-argument accessible for all. Not coming up with insults about them being uneducated fools who don’t even know what the EU is, and laughing at people who don’t really have much of an idea of what’s going on.

Being educated to university level is a huge privilege. It is not a given. I am living proof of that, university was not something I thought I would never be able to do, or was an option for someone like me. Prior to university, I didn’t know much about politics and could potentially have been one of these working class people you are mocking. Furthermore, being “educated” does not indicate how you will vote. I went to many debates prior to Brexit and the panels were filled with speakers who were more than qualified to speak on this matter.

Now we are hearing people say it was “the northerners”, or “the whole of South-West England” who ruined it. Let’s not be warped, you are now tarnishing just under 50% of that area because a marginal majority won a referendum. Now you are seeing articles about Londoners wanting to be their own independent state – this is an actual joke. I am a Londoner and couldn’t think of anything scarier than being stuck here with Westminster and the hidden inequalities of this complex city. Petitions for a second referendum – please let’s not waste anymore public money on this than we already have.

The only success of this whole referendum has been the ability to create further divide between the nation by gender, age, race, class and region. I am genuinely worried about the future of this country, but I am even more terrified about the division we are exemplifying amongst ourselves.

Also, can we remember our privilege here – we are not at war and facing bombs dropping down on us everyday; we have stupidly voted for Brexit in the name of “democracy”.’

Me  (25 June), I’m not going to include a photo: ‘People! Sure, I feel miserable, dreadful etc etc too. But telling all my friends about how shit I feel isn’t going to help much. If you live in a neoliberal state (are there any others?) you have to recognize that fact.
So pick yourself up again, make friends and allies, and carry on the fight for the poor, the excluded, the dispossessed. They need your solidarity and frankly the fact that you’re miserable about the referendum isn’t going to do them a lot of good. Build the movement now!’ (This has had two likes from Palestine, which won’t do it a lot of good except to prove that there’s only one struggle.)

You see how easy it is. 1257 words, in less than an hour. The piece by me is even original, or rather it’s copied from me.

I would add Mitch Mitchell’s recent post,1625496_711906438842455_178417503_nbut that would take me way over wordcount. The link to it (I think) is here. In any case you should find it easily.

I’ve quite possibly posted Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939′ before; it always seems to be coming up in my thoughts. It would be wrong to post the whole of it anyway, relevant though it is: here’s the most relevant verse, and the one we remember.
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.


Is seems appropriate (why?) to close with something punkily anarchistic from the Petrol Girls. I’m not sure if my technical expertise is up to it (it comes from their Facebook page).  But try clicking anything you can, and see if you have any luck.

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