Over 3,500 people I believe, are now registered for the People’s Assembly Against Austerity that meets here in London on Saturday. And local Assemblies’ have already been held around the country which by all accounts have been well attended; so in this post I'm going to think out loud my own thoughts on the prospects and what I think may be the eventual outcome of this initiative and bold new venture by it has to be said; the same crew who in the recent past have set up other projects such as the much acclaimed at the time of conception; Coalition of Resistance, before that, Stop the War movement led by the champagne socialist set, of what I call, we have all the answers fringe - who at times act like ornamental threads left loose that only hang with tassels and do a lot of twists,they are not of the mainstream but on the peripheral of the movement if that is a fair description, whilst occupying the commanding heights of protest and controlled (by them) agitation and the mixing of excitement sometime dampened down.
However, apart from me trying to be a vampire slayer, I do acknowledge that there are thousands of anti-cuts activists, trade unionist and ordinary working, non working people who would like to see a tide of activity that sweeps austerity away and with it the government. So what are the chances of this happening, will this new movement in the making succeed, have the self appointed leaders fronting the project got the formula, that missing link to a working class win?”
I don’t think that question has of yet an answer, unless you are able to make predictions of certainty, and I can’t do that. But I can say; that being sceptic means I'm not expecting a lot from the likes of Owen Jones, Ken Loach, Diane Abbott (for gods sake) and a cartload of trade union leaders.
If they muck this one up it will only serve to discredit their standing in the broader movement and in the valley of working people. Speaking personally I don’t have any faith in this shindig and have decided not to participate in what I see as an attempt to argue that its OK to continue reforming capitalism in the interests of working people through parliament; many have tried and the many have failed, the Labour Party is testament to all that’, and I better add that this does not mean, not standing working class candidates who if elected would stand as a conduit and challenge this institution of the establishment as well as propagating the ideas of our class interests, this has never been done with only the honourable exception of a few MPs including those comrades elected in the 80s and associated with the then newspaper Militant.
The fact is, we cannot do anything through parliament as presently arranged in any sort of neat attractive order for the majority of working people, we cannot plan for the future or meet the needs of our people in this set-up, but parliament could be used as I say; as a conduit for conveying ideas to change the present order of things, not just at home but overseas too.
Anyhow, I'm drifting away off course.
I would like to think that the People’s Assembly Against Austerity could be a starter motor for putting into motion an agitation of excitement, that brings people out onto the streets reclaiming with an internal combustion, igniting into active communities that have been shattered by the last three years of austerity and cuts. Oh, and such a movement could hold great potential and a capacity to awaken our class from its slumber. However given the experience of the most recent past... don’t hold your breath.
The blogger Mark Wight has penned an excellent post which is well worth popping over to for a read, he quickly points to possible failings and brings clarity to what needs to be done without being sectarian, and I wish the same could be said for some of the champagne socialists sitting on the top table as usual. You can visit marks blog and post by clicking here
So I wish all those attending Saturdays events, I wish you all the very best and hope disappointment will not demoralise or lower spirits. I like this quote from William Morris and have chosen it to end this post as it gives us something to think about and brings perspective.
“One man with an idea in his head is in danger of being considered a madman: two men with the same idea in common may be foolish, but can hardly be mad; ten men sharing an idea begin to act, a hundred draw attention as fanatics, a thousand and society begins to tremble, a hundred thousand and there is war abroad, and the cause has victories tangible and real; and why only a hundred thousand? Why not a hundred million and peace upon the earth? You and I who agree together, it is we who have to answer that question.”