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