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

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Date Thu, 14 Apr 2005 16:35:31 +0200 (CEST)


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POND SCUM ---- Labour minister – and Hackney resident – Chris Pond is a
nasty piece of work.Once a campaigner for social justice, and former
head of the Low Pay Unit, he'sbecome an increasingly nasty piece of work.
Recently, he received a caution for criminal damage of a neighbour's
property. Following a row over a parking space, Pond removed a
no-parking sign and stuck it to his neighbour's door, terrifying the
woman, a young mother. Not content with his vandalism and
intimidating behaviour, he also threatened to get Special Branch onto
the son of a local property developer, whose only crime was to
photograph Pond's car.

Chris Pond's previous claims to fame include raising the possibility
for people found guilty of anti-social behaviour losing their housing
benefit. Part of his ministerial portfolio is cracking down on benefit
fraud – last year he signed an agreement with the Dutch
government to swap information on people claiming both here and in
the Netherlands. It seems that in his job, and in his free time, he's an
anti-social wanker with his snooping and his short temper.

When the Labour Party introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, we
thought – rightly – that they'd be used as a repressive and
oppressive measure to attack the working class. We still believe that.
But we've found one resident of Hackney who certainly deserves one!
Now that Pond's a criminal record for his vandalism, we hope that
any future misbehaviour results in him being awarded an ASBO!
There is no more deserving man in the borough!

CLASS WAR ISSUE 88 OUT NOW! ORDER YOUR COPY –
JUST A QUID – FROM THE LONDON PO BOX.

STOP THE STOP THE WAR COALITION
We overheard one of the speakers on the recent Stop the War
Coalition march demand that Tony Blair be given an accurate figure
of the turnout, so he would know precisely how strong anti-war
sentiment was in Britain.

This noble sentiment, though, did not meet with the response we
believe she expected. On 19 March the Stop the War Coalition
claimed a hundred thousand had turned out. The Socialist Workers
Party claimed two hundred people had turned out. Andrew Murray,
of the Stop the War Coalition, claimed a hundred and fifty thousand,
a figure to which the SWP some days later amended their own
estimate. The true figure is in the region of 40-50,000, and almost all
of them were 'the usual suspects'.

How do parties and groups like the SWP and SWC think anyone will
trust them if they lie so blatantly? The number of people on the
march is immaterial – the obvious dishonesty is what angers us.

The SWC has never let the facts get in the way of a good story, just
like the government they affect to oppose. The recent book about the
SWC shows just how deeply dishonest the organisation really is: not
only is there no mention of the various actions against RAF Fairford,
there is also the firm impression given that the SWC is the true
anti-war movement in this country. Nothing, as usual with them,
could be further from the truth.

The Stop the War Coalition has, at almost every turn, done its best to
dilute and deter opposition to the war. They have sidelined those up
for effective anti-war and anti-state activity, instead concentrating on
dull and ineffectual a to b marches. Had these marches had the
slightest effect on government policy, we might have some sympathy
for their tactics. However, the fact of the matter is that when at least a
million people marched in London, Blair ignored them.
Not put off by this, the SWC has organised marches every few
months since then, with dwindling numbers (unless you believe the
SWC's shrill cries that each has been attended by scores of
thousands).

Never before has a movement been so rapidly destroyed by the SWP
as the anti-war movement has been.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, WE
HAVE HAD TO CHANGE OUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO
londoncwf@yahoo.co.uk
PLEASE USE THIS ADDRESS IN FUTURE!

FARE DODGING
Ticket inspectors are often seen around Baker Street and King's
Cross between 11am and 2pm. They are called Revenue Control
Inspectors which is shortened to RCI. I know people who blag there
way past with a bit of knowledge about the underground and just
make up a name. A bit of lingo and a quick tongue does the job.
Recently seen were ticket inspectors stopping the 149 bendy
in-between stops so people can't jump off at the bus stop when they
can see the inspectors, crafty buggers. At Lewisham, stations have
had loads of cops doing ticket checking with mobile cells.

The good thing about when they have cops doing checks on the 436
and 453 with ticket inspectors, you can see 'em cos they're wearing
fluorescent jackets, so this gives you time to get off at the stop they're
waiting at (they don't seem to stop you if you're actually getting off)...
Got any tips on fare dodging you want to share, get in touch!

WHAT A SQUAT-UP!
Over 40 police officers in full riot gear went to evict squatters from a
three million pound police station in Stepney, only to find the
squatters had left.

MONSTER RAVING LOONY PARTY!
Remember Diane Abbot, the MP for north London who caused
outrage last year by sending her son to a top London private school,
saying that the schools in Hackney where not good enough, labelled
a hypocrite? Now she has further opposition.
Knigel Knapp is standing against Abbot, Knigel who is the official
Monster
Raving Looney Party candidate sent London Calling an e-mail stating
that "I'm the local minister for blatant lies and big fibs, and as such I
think I would make a perfect opponent for Diane Abbot. I'm going to
be honest about the fact that I'm lying unlike her."
Knigel also stated that if he were elected that he would bring a
"laughter hour" into all schools and workplaces, although Abbot
seems to achieve this already.

NO TO NANDO'S
The chicken restaurant chain Nando's currently offers a 20%
discount to all
police officers. To say there are more deserving cases would be a bit
of an
understatement. You can let Nando's know what you feel about this
by completing a cus-tomer ser-vice card at any of their restaurants, or
by writing to their freepost address:Nando's, Freepost LON 11738,
London N4 1BR.

JAMIE OLIVER'S GUILT TRIP
Many of us will have seen Jamie's new TV show about school
dinners, with him dribbling on about salads and organic vegetables,
and once again mainly attacking parents, not attacking the
government. Wasn't it Thatcher who cut back on healthy school
dinners by introducing fast food because it would cost the
government less, whose idea was it to create fast food chains
everywhere you turn, burger bars, kebab shops, etc…

In London the skyline is taking over by massive billboards advertising
fast food chains, Jamie's stance is putting the guilt trip on parents
and ignoring the fact that the government are mainly to blame… It
seems we are forced fed watching the nations favourite mockney
slow roast himself into near-bankruptcy and despair, we see once
again Oliver talking a load of shit.

Hoxton Apprentice
Hoxton seems to be lacking in originality, filled by shitty over-priced
bars,
art galleries, more shitty bars and more shitty art galleries, a couple of
crap local shops, and a fw cafes it was beginning to feel like Hoxton
really needed something new, something not arty, not "oh so cool"
trendy, just somewhere fresh and original. Excitement in Hoxton that
a new restaurant had landed in the middle of Hoxton Square, at last
someone might have decided to try something a little different. The
wait for the new original concept had been in vain, as Hoxton
Apprentice, is in fact another Jamie Oliver rip-off-style "Fifteen", not
two minutes down the road from Fifteen.

MET POLICE SPENT TWENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND A DAY
ON RENTAL VEHICLES!
New figures revealed by London Calling today (OK we just looked on
the internet) showed that in the last year the Met Police spent
9.7million quid on rented vans. The amount spent on renting vehicles
has increased by 137% since then, 431 new 17-seater minivans could
be bought by the Met Police for the cost of renting vehicles over the
last year alone, MPs were shocked that so much money is being
spent on renting vehicles. The Mayor "Red" Ken along with the Met
Police can't work out that investing more in buying vehicles in the
short term would increase savings in the long term, so next time you
see aloud of pigs stuffing kebabs down their throats and drinking tea
in a hired van you will know what your council tax money has been
spent on.

ONE LAW FOR THEM...
People who were already involved in Class War or Antifa last
Christmas will already know how police pressure on the venue for our
Xmas party ended up with it being cancelled and a piss-up at another
pub in the East End had to be hastily rearranged.
Now, for people involved in anarchist or militant anti- fascism this
sort of cowardly and underhand treatment from the plod is neither
new nor unexpected – but you-may-be-surprised to learn that at
the recent BNP
London rally the hotel was booked under a false name and the
landlord objected to the presence of fascists. The filth put pressure on
the landlord to let the rally go ahead saying they feared a riot if the
venue was changed.
If there was ever a challenge for us to show 'em the opposite is true...

VERITAS IS PANTS
Robert Kilroy-Silk's new party 'Veritas' (the Latin word for truth we
kid you
not) has run into trouble. Only a couple of weeks after being formed
he is being threatened with legal action after a company who
specialize in making women's knickers want their name back! The
company has been trading with their name Veritas for a number of
years and don't want Robert-Kilroy-(smarmy orange wanker)-Silk to
'dirty' their good name! Who could blame them!

CLASS WAR ON TOUR – THE BELGIUM BOOKFAIR –
19 MARCH
Thanks to everyone in Gent for hosting this, probably the most
successful of the five events there has been. There were four
stallholders from England, plus groups from Belgium, France,
Holland and Germany. Behaviour is usually miles better than at
comparable events in England (you don't get any crusties trying to
nick stuff off your stall!) but I didn't get to go to any of the meetings
so I can't really comment on the quality of the debates.
We got on very well with the FAU people from Germany, who
certainly had the best organised and most impressive stall, a shame
some Belgian dog overturned their box of badges. Dogs really should
be on leads at these events. Fans of primitivism (or not) will be
delighted to note that whilst there was a primitivist stall there, nearly
everything on it was in English (just one book in Dutch I think) the
beer was excellent, and served in very swanky glasses - can't see that
catching on over here!
Silly quote of the day was when someone was staring at the Class
War lighters with Burn The Rich on them and looking very puzzled, I
asked him if he understood the message, he looked at me and said 'I
am not thick'...

IT'S A MARRIAGE OF HORSE AND HOUND!
Charles and Camilla's marriage is not merely a marriage spawned in
hell, it's a marriage organised by Satan! Never in the history of
human wedlock can two such pitiful people have managed to make
such a fuck-up of their wedding! Not only have they managed to
provide us all with laughs as plan after plan had to be revised, but as a
final twist in the story, they've had to shift the wedding day as it
clashes with the Pope's funeral!

You couldn't make it up, from the dubious legality of the union, to
the total
arsewipe of sorting out somewhere to get hitched to the Queen's
refusal to
attend the ceremony itself!

What with all his woes with the press and his nazi-loving sons, this
looks like being Charlie's own anus horribilis! The new issue of Class
War, out now, has a commemorative centrespread picture of the
couple – if you haven't a copy yet, send a quid to the London PO
Box!

GENERAL ELECTION 2005
NOTHING TO VOTE FOR
In this year's general election we will yet again see the main political
parties pretending that they are interested in us. Politicians we
haven't seen since the last election will come round stuffing leaflets
through our doors making promises they won't keep. They lie to us
during elections and ignore us in between. Most of us won't vote, and
whoever wins it won't make much difference to us.

Fifty years ago general elections were fought on who could build the
most
council housing. Now the issue won't even come up as the main
parties chase the middle class vote. It is in comfortable "middle
England" where the election will be won and lost, and that's who
Labour, Tories and Lib Dems are trying to represent.

Labour take it for granted that they will win here, and the other
parties only make a token effort. Labour have replaced Brian
Sedgemore with Islington-based Meg Hillier, who was as useless on
Islington Council as she was at pretending to represent Hackney on
the Greater London Authority for four years up to 2004.
Just because most of us won't vote it doesn't mean that none of us
are
interested in politics. We're not interested in parliament, where
no-one even tries to speak for us. But we are interested in politics if
this means what happens on our estates, in our schools, or to our
wages, pensions or benefits.
So although we can't change anything by voting in this general
election, we can all do something else more important on voting day.

What about joining the estate's tenant association, setting up a parent
and
toddler club, getting a pensioner group going, helping run your
community hall or even just taking to your neighbours about how to
improve your community? Tell the canvassers from the main parties
you have nothing to vote for in this election, you're getting involved
in community politics instead.

This article originally appeared in Hackney Independent's newsletter.
Contact them at:
Hackney Independent, PO Box 47000, London E8 4WW

ROT IN HELL!
Finally – the Pope's dead! The last few days of March were an
agony, as
previously sane people were suddenly revealed as closet Catholics
and the
country was transformed into another post-Diana nightmare of
reverence. Luckily, with a couple of hours to go before last orders, the
Pope popped his clogs on Saturday 3 April. May we not see his like
again!

DIARY DATES
8 MAY: London Class War meeting. Contact your local member for
details.
11 JUNE: Norwich Anarchist Bookfair
18 JUNE: Community organising conference, London
2 JULY: Make Poverty History march, Edinburgh
6-8 JULY: G8 Conference, Gleneagles – actions in and around
Edinburgh.

MERCHANDISE
We have copies of the excellent POLL TAX RIOT pamphlet in
stock, a bargain at just a quid!!

Fifteen years ago, the Poll Tax Riot was one of the largest riots ever
seen in England, and this pamphlet tells the story of the day in
eyewitness accounts.
For those of you out on the day, the stories in this pamphlet will bring
memories flooding back, and those of you who missed out will find
out what you missed! It's one of the best pamphlets you'll buy this
year!

New English Prison Pamphlet!
"If It Was Easy, They Wouldn't Call It 'Struggle'" by Mark Barnsley
It's a breath of fresh air being able to read about what is happening in
British jails and what's behind privatisation. This is the only pamphlet
that
explains what is really going on from someone who has been on the
inside.
£2, including p&p. Please make cheques/POs payable to 'London
Class War' only.

ANTIFA NEWSLETTER NOW OUT!
Send us a couple of stamps & sae for a copy!

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All membership enquiries to the London address, please.
2005 @ 07:37AM BST
LONDON CALLING –
APRIL 2005
PO BOX 467, LONDON E8 3QX
londoncwf@yahoo.co.uk
www.londonclasswar.org


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