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(en) Organise - Working Class Resistance #4 Never trust a politician!

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Sun, 29 Feb 2004 13:22:55 +0100 (CET)

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Recent events have taught us all a valuable lesson about the
true nature of democracy and the utter futility of placing
any trust in ‘our’ politicians. The Hutton Inquiry and the
treachery of ‘anti-fees’ Labour MPs should have combined to
deliver a severe blow to the body politic and the state.
That Hutton was a whitewash and that ‘independent’
state inquiries into the activity of the state can
never be independent should come as no surprise. The
government whitewash that was the Widgery report confirmed
that to many of us in the north a long time ago.

The only conclusion that can be reached in relation to
the Hutton Inquiry, Dr David Kelly’s death and the
launching of a barbarous war on Iraq, a war excused by
government on a tissue of lies, is that the State has
at its heart death, deception and dishonesty.
The 2,000 strong, hi-tech, Iraq Survey Group have
found no weapons of mass destruction. They have spent
£300 million on finding nothing! Not one WMD in Iraq
proves the lie of the former regimes “clear and
present danger” to the west.

Here are four more lies from the Bush-Blair axis:

i) Blair promised that neither the US nor the UK would
touch Iraqi oil. Resolution 1483 of the UN Security
Council grants the coalition of two complete control
over the oil fields.

ii) Blair claimed he had “nothing to do with” the
decision to leak Dr David Kelly’s name to the press.
The Hutton Inquiry discloses three meetings chaired by
Blair, where the decision was made.

iii) Labour make great play of the fact that they
“allowed” a vote in parliament on the decision to go
to war. Robin Cook has admitted that Blair made a
pact with Bush the year before to go to war on Iraq.

iv) The war on Iraq was to result in a “Road Map for
Peace in the Middle East”. Now Israel has bombed
Syria and is erecting a new, bigger, “Berlin Wall”
through the occupied territories.

It is to be hoped that the professional activism and
lobbying, which have been growing in popularity (in
the absence of a movement willing and able to engage
in struggle as opposed to grovelling) has been dealt a
fatal blow.

Writing as a worker returning to study as a ‘mature
student’ I could not believe that the latest student
demo in Belfast – held in October – was almost
identical to one I had attended as a tech student over
15 years ago!

The chants had changed – “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie”
ditched for “Tony, Tony, Tony – Out, Out, Out!”. I
seem to remember that on one of these student
ground-hog protest days the chant was amended to
“Major, Major, Major…” but its all a bit too hazy and
As ever we were treated to pledges of support from the
great and the good, pledges from student ‘leaders’ of
action and commitment, determination and solidarity.
It has, time and again, turned to so much ash in our
mouths as it became apparent that our ‘leaders’ meant
to convince the countries ‘leaders’ of the
righteousness of our cause - by letter writing,
lobbying, grovelling and pleading. And of course
another rally next year to keep us marching in time to
defeat after defeat, attack after attack on education
and students.

But perhaps the bubble has burst and we can begin to
get somewhere. With treachery apparent some students
outside Westminster on the day of the “crucial tuition
fees vote” got so upset that scuffles with the police
were reported.

Are we, as working class people, whether unemployed,
or working full or part-time, temporary, casual,
expendable, student or whatever, ready for a new
strategy? Has the grip of professional inactivism
been weakened? Are we ready, and willing, for a bit
of direct action?

Remember, whether its domestic or foreign policy, an
extension of the class war against students or any
other section of the working class or a war of
domination and aggression fought against another
country and counted in the lives of working class
people - not those who sent them in – NEVER TRUST A



>From the pages of Working Class Resistance #4, bulletin
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