[Marxism] [Fwd: worrying RESPECT quote on the BBC]

Tony Hartin t.hartin at qmul.ac.uk
Wed Apr 20 07:03:36 MDT 2005

Dear RESPECT Office,

First let me say that I live in the East End and am a anti-war 
socialist. I sincerely hope RESPECT defeats Labour in at least some of 
the seats it is standing in.
I understand the everyone in RESPECT is campaigning hard and there is a 
lot of pressure on at the moment.

However I am deeply disturbed by a story that has just appeared on the 
BBC website ( 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4464461.stm )
In the article a story is related how Labour were chased off a housing 
estate by "a large group of Bengali youths wearing Respect badges" who 
shouted "'Bush and Blair murderers' and 'get out of our estate'".  I was 
very disappointed to see a RESPECT spokesperson quoted as disowning this 
action and calling for it not to be repeated. I sincerely hope that this 
was a misquote, because any decent anti-war opponent should stand behind 
this sort of protest 100%. What is a few eggs thrown compared to the 
atrocities committed in Iraq in New Labour's name?

My one concern in the anti-war movement getting involved in the 
elections is that there is a pressure from the mainstream to quieten 
protest and "allow democracy to take its course through parliamentary". 
Not to put too fine a point on it, I say f##k that. The only real change 
in society will take place outside of parliament. Electoralism can be a 
slippery slope and I hope RESPECT will not start on down it. We have 
seen that it ends in formations like New Labour.

Tony Hartin

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