March 27, 2011
Typical behaviour from the MET, although journalists are never as keen to put this in papers or on out TV screens as they are a few panes of broken glass.
March 23, 2011
As we have the dubious honour of having posh twat Ed Miliband as our MP we’ve teamed up with the AMP to work on a new ‘TOPPLE THE TOFFS‘ campaign.
The working class are now under constant attack and the poorest sections of society are paying for the mistakes of the rich. And yet we’re expected to believe that a bunch of over-privileged Oxbridge elites are going to deliver a fairer, just society.
Everything that is currently in jeopardy, the NHS, education, libraries, etc – i.e. the welfare state – was created as a concession to a powerful and militant working class who were well organised and prepared to fight for their beliefs. Unfortunately those days are long gone. Three decades of neo-liberal policies from Tory and Labour alike have dis-empowered the working class and nowadays most political parties don’t even bother to pretend that they’re on our side (the BNP allege that they’re pro-working class to try and get votes, but they’re led by a money grabbing toff and their policies are as anti working class as you can get) – apparently, as Lord Prescott once said ‘we’re all middle class now’; try telling that to the pensioner who can’t afford to put the heating on.
We can afford £500 billion to bail out the banks and we can spend billions more on oil-wars, but we can’t afford to take care of the most vulnerable people in our society? Posh Dave reckons we need to take care of each other voluntarily in a nice ‘big society’, but if that’s the case why to we need government? What use is the state? The answer is same as it has always been, NO USE AT ALL!
The simple truth is that ‘representative democracy’ is sooo last millennium. We no longer want or need a layer of corrupt politicians to look after our interests. We have the ability and the technology to take control of our own lives. We just need to find the kind of strength, solidarity and willingness that our grandparents had and fight for what we believe…
And the first thing we need to do is TOPPLE THE TOFFS!
March 22, 2011
A message from Resist26…
Facebook have kindly cancelled the facebook events (Stay 4 One Day, Seed Drop etc) not to mention accounts that were linked to the events. Apparently we aren’t allowed our own facebook revolution (too many paid advertisers in the west)
Please help us get the word out by posting on your blogs, tweeting and changing your facebook status to the following in solidarity!
“PLS SPREAD! Hyde Park Occupation is still on, cops closed FB event and accounts. More information http://www.resist26.org”
March 16, 2011
The trouble with the cuts is that the worst hit, those of us who are among the lowest income bracket who have seen no real-term wage increase for nearly a decade and/or those with young families, etc, find it increasingly hard to get to the big, London-based demos. The situation can be very frustrating, but as Ian Bone says in this blog post there are many blocs involved in the March 26th UPRISING - Ok, ‘March’, but there’s nowt wrong with a bit of optimism now and then – including the Armchair Army!
Modern technology means that even if you can’t afford – or find it hard… – to travel to London, are stuck at work, or are just not a fan of big protests, then you can still take an active role in opposing the cuts on the 26th.
Take a tip from UK Uncut and make sure the Banks (who caused the problem in the first place) and Tax Dodgers (who are still making record profits in this time of ‘austerity’) get the message on this important day of action.
Until very recently we weren’t big fans of Twitter (and we still hate the cyber-fascism which is encouraged by Facebook), but – as we said here - social networking is rapidly becoming one of the most important weapons in the fight for social justice. A Twitter account not only allows you to keep up with unfolding news without the usual media bias, it means anyone can help disseminate that news to the right people, while also allowing them to send a direct message to the corporations who are causing such damage and distress.
So go on, grab some beers and snacks, switch on Sky News or Beeb 24, turn the volume down, fire up Twitter and join the most important protest of the year so far!
*If you’re new to Twitter just remember to mark tweets for the 26th with #Mar26, #March26th and/or #UKUncut hashtags.
But why leave your local banks and tax-dodgers out? Keep an eye on local UK Uncut actions here, and if there’s no active group in your area then you can always go solo – the internet is full of anti-cuts posters to download and share
**Our Twitter address is @barnsbrigade if you fancy following, but we’re a bit rubbish at tweeting.
December 18, 2010
As part of UK Uncut’s ‘Pay Day’ campaign there are some 55 simultaneous protests against tax-avoiding companies taking place around the UK today. Targets include Vodafone, Top Man, Dorothy Perkins, BHS, Boots and HSBC bank.
It turns out that Tory Trade Minister, Stephen Green, was on the board of HSBC when they brokered a £2bn reduction in their taxes! A politician doing favours for bankers, who’d have thought it? In central London, 23 activists have staged a ‘sleep-in’ to highlight the fact that the £2bn could have paid for the estimated £1.8bn cuts to housing benefit which will force many to loose their homes.
In Brighton two St Nicks got nicked for gluing themselves inside a BHS store while the rest of their ‘disruptive tax dodger tour’ also shut Dorothy Perkins and Burtons. There have been further confirmed store closures in London, Edinburgh, Truro, Manchester, Cambridge, Liverpool, Wrexham, Walthamstow, Brixton, Tunbridge Wells, Islington, Bristol, Nottingham, and Oxford.
As a spokesperson for a group of anti-capitalist carol singing Santas called ‘Santas against excessive consumption’ said whilst occupying a branch of M&S:
This is not just an anti austerity protest. This is an M and S anti austerity protest.