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(en) Britain, London Calling September 2004 - THE BULLETIN OF LONDON CLASS WAR

From classwaruk@hotmail.com
Date Fri, 1 Oct 2004 18:00:32 +0200 (CEST)


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BNP INFILTRATE SWP
THE BNP RECENTLY revealed that two of their members,
Diane Stokes and Joe Finnion, had daringly infiltrated Manchester
SWP. The easy bit was infiltrating them: risking the danger of
death by boredom was the daring part. According to the BNP, the
two spent a year in the SWP and its front groups, and were almost
immediately (s)elected for positions of responsibility.
The SWP's response to this has been silence. Where individual
members have said something, they have been very defensive
about the issue, and claiming that the infiltrators can't have got
their hands on any of the numerous lists of names and addresses
for which the SWP is famed. Though the BNP claim a number of
successes for their infiltrators, they haven't publicly claimed that
they are now in possession of internal SWP documents. This may
be because they could leave themselves open to criminal charges,
although those members of the SWP who have said anything
about this insist that the pair were not entrusted with such papers.
We find this hard to believe, considering that Stokes was given
positions of financial responsibility and the experiences of
ex-members of the SWP.

What is clear and alarming is that the BNP have used this tactic
for what seems to be the first time.

Although we at London Class War have long been
security-conscious, it's plainly a good idea to keep security on the
agenda. It's unlikely they'll try the same stunt soon, but it's best to
remain wary of newcomers overly demanding in their desire for
information. We are quite happy with our security -
which is more than can be said for the SWP!

THE MAYOR IS BARMY
CARRYING ON FROM the August London Calling article about
Hackney council to spend telephone numbers of money on the
Town Hall, London Calling came across the Mayor's response.

The Hackney Mayor, Jules Pipe, has defended spending £64
million on the Town Hall in Hackney, mainly on air conditioning
- less speaking in Council meetings would have been
much cheaper. Pipe, who's siphoning money away from Hackney
residents, has a terrible reputation, selling off half of the borough
to private developers in shady deals to build
more yuppie flats at inflated prices. He has claimed that :
Hackney residents deserve the Town Hall to be refurbished and
open for the community again.
The Town Hall has always been mainly closed to the community
and that's unlikely to change.
Making the Town Hall a 'One-Stop Shop' would be
sensible. Someone seeking answers from both Central Housing
Dept and the Benefits Dept will see them dealt with at the same
place.
If - for example - Housing Benefit, in their
own palatial building, can't get things right, why should things
improve when they'll be working from a broom cupboard? Also,
relocating services in the Town Hall will involve lengthy office
moves, with restricted services at best in the short-term, sackings
and Council property flogged off to property developers in the
longer term.
In the long term we can save a lot of money and build better
leisure facilities.
Hackney's record on saving money and building leisure facilities
is not one which inspires confidence. As the same people will be
in charge of the Council, we confidently anticipate more cock-ups
in the near future.

--Advert--
FARMERS MARKET
EVERY SUNDAY AT ANGEL TUBE
9.00am -2.00pm
Local farmers - or some would say land owners - will be selling
organic over priced fruit and veg, making sure you will pay over
double the price for our goods. More than your local greengrocers,
even! We even leave all the mud on our veg, at no extra charge.
WE SELL fresh slave-labour strawberries where local refugees
pick them daily and we pay them 25p a pallet and re-sell them at
£2.50 to middle class self conscious hippie looking people.
Why not come along and visit us?
Even tho we hate townies and are firm believers in the Countryside Alliance

WHY NOT ADVERTISE IN LONDON CALLING?

OLYMPICS SPECIAL REPORT
ITS THAT TIME again, to get the fascist flag out and to get the
Olympics shoved down our throat from every angle. We at
London Calling are not being bleak but come on - at
the time of writing TEAM GB has goldS in things like
horse-jumping and public school rowing, we didn't even realise
that these were sports! Horse-jumping! We ask you, how pathetic
a load of toffs jumping over pieces of wood,
exhilarating cutting edge stuff, take rowing unless you actually do
the sport at Cambridge university I doubt you would have the
slightest interest.

With no opportunity in our neighbourhoods to take up sports,
apart from school again we see the upper classes taking all the
glory, football pitches being closed and covered in houses, leisure
centres being shutdown and the case again in Hackney where
they built one and a few months later closed it again, youth
clubs becoming non existent, these could be a few answers why
"Team GB" are not winning much apart from show jumping, the
TV companies were the biggest winners.
Didn't really see much coverage about the safety when they built
the arena in Athens that because of the rush 12 workers died, and
we didn't really see much about the demonstrations outside when
the USA started to poke their nose in and get on the act, outcry
when Dick Cheney wanted to visit.
Which brings us to Red Kens barmy idea of holding the Olympics
in Hackney Wick which has already caused out cry from residents
especially when one of the plans is to concrete the biggest football
pitch area in England so coaches can park because the public
transport can't cope now, Never mind when the Olympics
start. Obviously, of the money it's supposed to bring into the area
the residents sent see a penny and the working class will be
shafted again.
…ANYWAY WHO WON THE OLYMPICS?

BANGERS AND MASH
JAMIE OLIVER - THAT annoying prat of British
cuisine - has been knocked off his stupid mod scooter
(sadly not literally) after his
Hoxton restaurant was branded a rip-off with inflated prices.
Fifteen, Oliver's restaurant in Hoxton's Westland Place, was
checked by Harsden London Restaurant Guide, based on the views of
ordinary customers, reported that the price of an average meal is a
gob-smacking £60.00 per head for fish and chips or bangers
and mash with treacle pudding and custard.

A spokesman for Oliver defended the prices, saying they were
"not very expensive for London" and that "a lot of our ingredients
are organic and it is a good brunch". BRUNCH my left buttock! The
price of bangers and mash with treacle pie from a local greasy
spoon was last checked at £4.95 - with tea! Just shows
how gullible some people are, and that they will pay anything,
especially in Hoxton that's supposed to be hip and so this century.
London Calling editors did a price check, as we couldn't afford to
visit Oliver's restaurant. Let's compare menus.

OLIVER'S FIFTEEN: Organic sausages from Cumberland with
glazed red onions (onions with sugar) with a light fluffy mash
made from potatoes fresh from a farm (I always wondered where
potatoes came from!) with organic earthy-tasting carrots
generously topped with fresh gravy made from red wine, followed
by home-made treacle pudding flazed with golden custard and a
choice of crap over-priced Australian wine.

The bill? £59.00 excl. tip.

LOCAL CAFÉ: Two Cumberland sausages, mash, one veg,
with tea and treacle pie with custard. A snip at £4.95. Also
- provided free - a choice not to be annoyed
and surrounded by yuppies nattering about house prices and
gabbling on mobiles, you also get to read a paper free.


ANTI-FASCIST NEWS
ANTIFA PHONE NUMBER
ANTIFA NOW HAS A NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR PEOPLE
TO CONTACT: 07952 759 473
ALTERNATIVELY, CONTACT ANTIFA BY EMAIL AT
londonantifa@yahoo.com

BEYOND THE ESF
FIVE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN
IDEAS AND ACTION
13 - 17 OCTOBER 200

THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL Forum is coming to London between
the 14 and 17 October 2004. It claims to be "a festival of
resistance … a chance for people from around the world to
come together to engage in debate, organise action and build
networks to strengthen our movement …" In reality, as
most people are already aware, it is in fact a talking shop for
academics and lefty intellectuals, political parties and ngo's who
have little or no interest, and less experience of, the lives of
ordinary people struggling on a day-to-day basis.

The ESF in London is controlled by the Socialist Workers Party
and the Greater London Authority, controlled by Ken Livingstone.
The GLA have taken £400,000 out of their budgets (council
taxpayers' money which should have gone to various initiatives for
local communities in London) to fund this circus -
ESF delegates get free travel during this little junket. The ESF has
scant significance to the lives of ordinary people.

To show our opposition to this, we are organising BEYOND ESF,
an anarchist, anti-authoritarian intiative, to highlight the political
bankruptcy of the ESF and encourage a political step forward. It is
an opportunity for us to actively create an environment where we
can confront the hypocrisy of the left and decide how best to move
forwards together.
Themes are: surveillance and control; autonomous spaces;
precarious work; no borders; zapatismo; the G8 Summit in
Scotland 2005. There is also space available for anti-fascist,
gender and environmental issues.
To get in involved in BEYOND ESF in any capacity, please email
wombles@hushmail.com or look at the website for background
and other information: www.wombles.org.uk/auto
There will be free accommodation available and all events,
entertainment and food will be by donation only.

POLICE PLAN PURGE ON "ANTI-SOCIAL" BEHAVIOUR
HACKNEY POLICE ARE planning a clampdown on
‘anti-social behaviour' around Stoke Newington and
Finsbury Park. Apparently they will be using new powers to
"disperse" groups of two or more people whom they believe to be
involved
in anti-social behaviour.

TWO OR MORE? This is more than a tad draconian -
even the filth often patrol Hackney in groups
of three! That is one aspect of this new operation we find
disturbing. The other is, what is anti-social behaviour? If groups
of people are more than two, there's every chance that they are
out socially, on the way to a pub or from a party. In other words,
we suspect that the police will use their new-found
authority to pick on people out for an evening.

We at London Class War oppose anti-social behaviour
- real anti-social behaviour, that is. We oppose
muggers and burglars and other scum who prey on their own. It's
typical that this new police initiative comes in areas like the
gentrified Stoke Newington, and not in places like Hackney Wick
or Haggerston, where working class people predominate. Draw
your own conclusions about the filth's priorities!

CRACKDOWN ON
PRIRATE RADIO
APPARENTLY, EVIL DRUGS gangs are behind pirate radio
stations in Hackney and other parts of
London. If you believe the press, then they are evilly promoting
raves and parties "at which drugs are sold openly". So
- clearly - all pirate radio stations must go!

What are they so afraid of? People enjoying themselves? Many
pirate radio stations aren't our cup of tea, playing music we aren't
so keen on. But that's no reason to stop them. On the contrary,
we support pirate radio stations, which are outside the law and
allow people to say what they want. If only there were more
political ones!

It seems Hackney has more pirate radio stations than many
London boroughs due to the number of
tower blocks. We at London Class War feel that the more pirate
stations there are the better - and we look forward to
hearing about more political ones.


TIP OF THE MONTH

AN OLD ONE, but a handy one!

Get two cds for the price of one by taping or burning a cd of an
album you buy, then returning the album to the shop (we
recommend HMV)and getting a second one.

MERCHANDISE

Book of the Month

We have some copies of Dave Douglass' All Power to the
Imagination available, available for £5.00, post-free.

This short book reflects on the anarchist attitude to trade unions,
with some examinations of the position of the Leninist left
towards workers in struggle. Written by a former miner and
participant in the great Miners' Strike of 1984/85, Dave Douglass
speaks from the heart. His provocative and challenging polemic is
a valuable addition to any anarchist's library.

We also have a wide variety of other merchandise available,
including lighters, badges and a wide range of t-shirts. T-shirts
come in a broad range of designs, and in sizes to fit all. We have
the Carlsberg Class War and a couple of designs of anti-fascist
t-shirts in
stock, all of which are selling fast - get your order in
now!

For a full list of merchandise, and to order a copy of All Power to
the Imagination, please
write to London Class War at the usual address. Please make all
cheques/POs payable to
"London Class War" only.

DIARY DATES
OCTOBER
MONDAY 4 October 7pm
Lobby Haringey Council, comae along and hear the case for
defending council housing against
privatisation at the Civic Centre, Wood Green, Haringey. All
welcome! Haringey Defend Council
Housing 020 8881 7836

TUESDAY 12 October - Saturday 16 October
HOW MANY POLICEMEN does it take to cause the deaths of
1,000 people in custody? Apparently
none, justice is blind. The Asian Theatre School and Red Ladder
Theatre Company presents
SILENT CRY. The story is based on documented evidence and
interviews about deaths in police
custody. Playing on above dates at the Lyric, Hammersmith,
Theatre at 8pm. Tel: 08700 500 511.

NOVEMBER
MONDAY 8 2004 from 11.00am till 18.00pm at Cultural Centre
Parnassos, Kruisstraat
201, Utrecht (near Stadsschouwburg), The Netherlands.
DUTCH BOOKFAIR ,the 5th annual Dutch bookfair will be held
once again, with many anarchist stalls and hopefully we will being
doing a Class War stall ,the bonus of holding a bookfair in
Holland is that we can get stoned out of our boxes.
15 minutes walk from Utrecht Central Station. Bus 4,10,11 (stop
Wittevrouwen, Biltstraat). Walk back, turn left (at Moluks
Historical Museum), after 100 meters on the left you will find the
place to be. Entrance free.

SATURDAY 27 November 10am - 7pm
IMAGINATION UNLEASHED! The 2004 Anarchist Bookfair at
the University of London Union, Malet St, London WC1. Class
War will have the usual stall, and take your chance to grab the
latest issue. www.anarchistbookfair.org

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