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(en) Workers Solidarity No 73 - Libertarians Against Nice: Requiem for a Dream

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 6 Dec 2002 01:22:23 -0500 (EST)


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Twas a cold day in September when a motley crew
assembled in Dublin's Teachers' Club - their mission to
establish an Anarchist campaign against Nice. The
founding meeting drew approximately 40 people from
all over the Island. Fierce competition took place for
the various co-ordinator positions - not. Many a name -
some deranged, some just downright silly - were tossed
about until the ghost of John McGuffin
http://struggle.ws/anarchism/ireland/people/JohnMcGuffin.html
appeared & at gunpoint forced us to choose Libertarians Against Nice

Even this name haunted us; "journalists" in the News of
World mistook it for Libertines against Nice. Sit down
comedians referred to Librarians against Nice. But despite
this asperity we forged ahead.

Action guaranteed, yes indeed; LAN fought the campaign
on many fronts. From Limerick to Louth, Kinsale to
Kildare, Dundalk to Donegal the battle raged. Even in
Dublin we put up a fight. Some dodgy moments one dark
night in the Liberties I got lost and feared my co-canvasser
would eat me (he closely resembled Chewbacca).

50,000 (count 'em) leaflets http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/leaflets/LANleaflet.html
were distributed, hundreds of posters of various types
went up. There was also the student LAN leaflet
which took our fight to the ivory towers of
academia. Thirteen press releases http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/pressrelease.html
issued but didn't get the coverage they deserved.

The No message the media liked to cover was that of Justin
Barret; when Dustin's attendance at a Neo-Nazi Rally was
revealed they tried to tar all the No campaigns with the
fascist links smear. Like the other No groups we were up
against the vested media interests.

We picketed the IBEC http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/pr/IBECreport.html
pro-Nice conference, pointing out
their anti-worker attitudes and opposition to any increase in
the minimum wage. This at least got us TV coverage, not
from those with the public service remit though. We had to
rely on the freebooters of TV3.

So, we lost. Could we have won? I don't know, the forces
ranged against us were so great: all the establishment
parties, IBEC, ICTU, various Churches, the Media, the
Dustin Trojan Horse. But ours was a fight different from the
other campaigns.

There was no National Committee, no Chairperson, as
secretary I circulated information, not orders. The Media
Co-ordinator issued Press Releases & arranged interviews
rather than building up his own profile.

Regional Co-ordinators carried out their work without the
need of a Puppet-master in Dublin.

That's the way to do it!

                                    Pat C


Libertarians Against Nice page http://struggle.ws/anarchism/nice/index.html


This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .

We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
all our publications for you to print out and distribute locally

Print out the PDF file of this issue http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/73.html


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