Monday, 6 January 2014

stamp out bullying in our movement

The start to my new year is proving to be an interesting one and holds promise that this will be a year of unrelenting activity on my part, that’s the new year resolution I was looking for and now my mind and hands are on it. So my resolve is to do as much as I can in what will be my 58th year on planet earth, and forty one as a socialist.

My prayer now and God willing, is to continue on this journey along the socialist road that I have committed much of my life too, and may I add, without any regrets although the journey has not always been a smooth one by any means and I suppose its the same for many other comrades, in fact I know it is. One such example has been my fellow comrade blogger Mark Wright of ‘The Way I See Things’. Mark has put up with, and succeed in dealing with political bullying; can you believe that, and in a supposedly socialist organization a member can be persecuted, that so-called superior strength or influence is used to intimidate to force him or her to do what one wants, in this case the leadership line of the Socialist Party.

If I was to have a list of heroes, which I don’t as I don’t hero worship, then Mark would be on the top of it without exception and shame on the Socialist Party I expected better from them and now they have gone down big time in my positive estimation of them, in fact it has plummeted so much so that I will never take them serious again, and as for Mark who must have been very hurt as I believe he is a very passionate but sensitive socialist, well he will learn to harden up as he has done for most of his life contending with the disability of blindness and yet his blog is amongst the top 100 political blogs in the country - well done Comrade!”

It was not my intention to write this post about political bullying, but rather to write a post about the Peoples Assembly and a spat or argument and exchange I’ve been having with them on twitter, and I don’t know how this has turned into a post about left bullying in the movement, but it has and maybe more should be said about it, for I think it may be commonplace with many unwilling to come out and say as much, but it maybe that’s going to change if we look at the crisis and intense difficulty that's engulfing the SWP and what is now seeping out of the Socialist Party. I would encourage others like Mark to come out and say as much, don’t suffer this abuse alone, you do our movement a disservice to remain silent, and another world is only possible by always telling the truth - we must stamp out the bullying in our movement.  

People are less likely to be picked on if they walk and sit with awareness, calm, respect, and confidence as Mark has shown. Projecting a positive, assertive attitude means keeping one’s head up, back straight, walking briskly, looking around, having a peaceful face and body, and moving away from people who might cause trouble even in our movement.   

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

― Desmond Tutu


Lansburyslido said...

I almost saw you teetering on the edge of joining a political party last year Jim, glad that you didn't as what happened to Mark and others was awful.

Question to ask is can a political party exist with current structures and not have some form of 'control' which always has the potential to drift into bullying as people's egos come into play.

Anonymous said...

Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away.If you are friends with a known bully and you do nothing to get your friend to STOP his/her toxic behavior—you're suffering from the same fears, low-self esteem and intimidation as the victims your friend "The Bully" is bullying. Actions speak louder than words.So keep safe don't let your child be one of the victim bring protection with check this out at!/page_home.Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

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