How did I miss THIS last week! The ostriches - rather typically - fail to mention anything about how the UK came to be where it is. Sunny Hundal (whose article today led me to Tony Benn's), supports the ostrich call but at least realises that "it can't just be an echo chamber for the left's usual suspects". The ostriches are commited to the following:
• "Oppose cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services."
That covers just about everything: so are you saying NO CUTS?
• "Fight rising unemployment and support organisations of unemployed people."
Fair enough. I'm sure this is what the Coalition will do too.
• "Develop and support an alternative programme for economic and social recovery."
Well you'd better get on with it. And it had better be workable! This would be the economic and social recovery of the last 13 years, or the last 13 weeks?
• "Oppose all proposals to "solve" the crisis through racism and other forms of scapegoating."
Ridiculous polemic. Sounds like they're insinuating that racist and scapegoating will happen.
• "Liaise closely with similar opposition movements in other countries."
Fair enough. Whatever...hoping you don't mean violent protesters i.e Greece. Given that Benn writes the following, I suspect he does mean violent protests:
"We reject this malicious vandalism and resolve to campaign for a radical alternative, with the level of determination shown by trade unionists and social movements in Greece and other European countries"("malicious vandalism"...FFS!) I wonder if that pan-European arrest warrant, or at least the opt-in to the EIO, had this in mind?
• "Organise information, meetings, conferences, marches and demonstrations."
Fair enough...but you already know it will escalate so you are insiting violence.
• "Support the development of a national co-ordinating coalition of resistance."
Fine. Keep yourselves occupied.
Funny how the disgraceful, intentional and verging-on-treacherous scorched earth policy of The Brownstuff seems to have passed you by. Funny that at the General Election where all parties admitted the need for cuts (Labour: 'cuts worse than Thatcher' etc.) no resistance was mentioned. Despite the repeated "ordinary people" in this article I am sure it will be a call to arms for leftie extremists and militant. Back to the 80s!
P.S. OK, yes I do know that in "real life" ostriches don't 'bury their heads in the sand'.