AIR Again

How many 1,000s of words have I penned over the years?

I just don’t know, as I’ve never even counted all the letters, emails, and articles which I have written.

However: –

Just once in a while something I wrote becomes available again.

This has just happened.

Between 1990 & 1992 Librarians Within the Peace Movement published 10 issues of AIR [ Alternative Information Record ]. This was before LWPM merged in to ISC [ Information for Social Change].

They were produced with the printing technology that was available to us during that era: – typewriters & photocopiers.

All the copies of AIR are now to be found via the table of contents page of Information for Social Change website.

Here is a link to one of them.

Voting Like Petitioning.

I sign several petitions each week.

Of late I have come to realise that voting is very much like signing petitions.

Both are indicative, and both rely upon large numbers of people to take part in this most basic form of protest.

A traditional Anarchist Viewpoint.

I’ve always taken the traditional Anarchist line, None of the Above, as the only choice is between a party of crooks and a party of bandits.

In any case, I take it as Highly Irresponsible to Negate our Individual Responsibilities, by handing decision making over to a bunch of self serving politicians.

To quote the quote: – Guy Fawkes: The only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions.

On the other hand I’ve spent most of my life as a campaigner, or what these days is refereed to as engaging in activism.

Yet things change.

For the first time in my life I have registered to vote.

This is in order to do so in the forthcoming EU election.

It is because I feel so incensed by the whole Brexit disaster, that I want to do everything possible to stop it from happening.

Though it’s the push to stopping Brexit by a referendum which really needs doing.

I’ll still be out leafleting and taking part on other forms of protest, but will engage in one other form of protest against Brexit – voting.

Long Term Rules For Activists – Part 7

This is an insight as to how I think about political action.

The more people working on an issue – the less I’m inclined to work on it.

While the less people working on an issue – the more i’m inclined to work on it.

With so few activists doing much about a whole range of issues, this is the most realistic way I know of achieving results.

This runs in the opposite direction to the idea expressed by many individuals, that we need large demonstrations that will attract a very large numbers of people.

It’s the ‘one last push’ idea that keeps being pushed by many campainging organisation, but it just does not work.

Many of these large demonstrations are just very symbobic in nature, and have become so common that they are easily ignored by the powers that be..

While with small scale pickets & lealeting sessions it’s possible communicate our concens to individuals.

Drax Shareholders Revolt For All The Wrong Reason.

Drax has been in the news this week, such as in the FT.

It is all about how the company shareholders are in revolt about what the directors are getting paid.

A report in Utilityweek mentions this issue:

‘ Almost a fifth of shareholders at Drax rejected a motion to approve its remuneration report increasing executive pay during the company’s annual general meeting yesterday (17 April). ‘

Followed by an almost throw away line which states: –

‘A protest organised by Biofuelwatch was held outside the AGM and Drax’s power station in Yorkshire yesterday.’

 

It’s a pity that most activist publicity only mentioned the protest outside the plant, and not the one outside the agm.

Perhaps with more notice, it might be possible to organise a trip to chat to the company shareholders at next years agm.

Following On From All Fools Day

So here we are: –

Another day of the Mrs May and Her dysfunctional Tory MPs show coming up to distract all our attentions.

Yet there are many activists trying to get other issues noted, such as that of climate change.

The joke being that if any historian looks back to the newspapers of this period, then most of what they find to read about will be about Brexit, Brexit, Brexit, and the decline of the airline industry & UK retail outlets.

Meanwhile there are many other issues which we really should be focusing our minds upon.

Such as: –

The long term problem of what to do with nukiller waste, the abolition of NATO, how to build a sustainable transport system which includes both local electric delivery vehicles and trams, and how we can convert the countryside to one where farmers can make a living by growing crops as opposed to killing animals.

This is not just a period during which the bad news is being buried, but one during which there are thousands of bureaucratic JCBs scooping it all up in order to bury these problems in land-file.

Future generations are not going to be impressed when then they eventually get to read all of these files.

The Road From Wigan Pier

A Dystopian Novel ?

Let us start with a well known slogan: –

Crisis?  What Crisis?

That’s the cry from all the dysfunctional politicians who ruin all they touch in the most shambolic manner, and who have either no idea about or concern about a major set of crisis which face us all.

As a member of the METs Diplomatic Protection Squad once told me:- ‘Politicians are only able to see as far ahead as the next election’.

Only being concerned that way means none of them can think about or do any long term planning.

That would be OK,  if we just didn’t have to face up to so many immediate problems which will impact upon us many centuries in to the future.

Well we all know the issues: – Climate Change, Economic Decline, Toxic Waste Dumps to clear up, High Level Nukiller Waste, etc, etc.

While both falling standards of education, a growing number of people living in poverty, and too much party party time, deflects the ability of the many to focus of much more than the very immediate future.

The growing number of rough sleepers on our streets many not be noted by much of the mass media, while just what is shown on television produces pages and pages and pages of print each day.

Meanwhile all the politicians want to deal with is Brexit Brexit Brexit.

Yes the word is depressing, but there is nothing new about it all.

If I sound totally pessimistic about this, then I’m not, as there are the solutions which we can and must put in to place.

What we need is more people to take control of how we live our lives.

Just a few more activists would make a big BIG difference to what we might be able to achieve.

Thinking About Campaigning – A World View Reminder

From time to time it is well worth reminding myself and others of how I view the world.

Take the overview, but keep an eye on the details.

In practice this means I will put my political energy in to those projects which very few people have the time or energy to engage upon.

Or

In to those projects which take a lot of time to learn about.

I also believe that we can not indulge in thinking in terms of campaigning seasons, as the kind of crisis which we face need hours by days by weeks by months by years by decades of solid campaigning and social action.

The real problem is just how do we maintain such long term activities, while receiving very little or no support ?

This is very much a practical question which needs to be asked by anyone who is engaged in long term campaigning.

Yet Another Year.

It has just been announced that the hearings upon the first module of the Spycops Public Inquiry are being delayed from this to next year.

The thing which really saddens me is that by the time the inquiry nears its end it will be circa 2024, with the inquiry report coming out some time during 2026.

That’s taking in to account just this one year delay.

Yet there is still many 1,000s of pages of spycop reports unread by Mitting and the inquiry team, which the MET want redacted before we get to read them.

So more delays upon more delays will follow as they argue out how to do this on a document by document basis.

For my and older generations it will mean many activists will never learn just what happened to us.

So far the public inquiry has cost circa thirteen and a half million pounds, and rising.

Yet despite all this money being spent: – still know very little about the SDS and all of the other spycops.

Think Again – A Draft Text For Anti-Militarist Activists.

Thinking about Joining the Army?

Think Again.

You might think that joining the army will mean you learn a skill which might may make you more employable.

Think Again.

You may only learn to kill innocent individuals in an unjust war.

Think Again.

You may think the army will give you a secure future.

Think Again.

Just look at the number of ex soldiers who are rough sleepers on the streets of this city.

Think Again.

You may think that it may be easy to leave the army with very few problems in doing so.

Think Again.

Even if you complete the full term of an army contract, then you will still be eligible to be called up as a part of the Army Reserve.

Think Again.

You may be told that by joining the Army Reserve you can change you mind at any time.

Think Again.

Anyone who is called up as an Army Reservist in time war and refuses to do so will be court marshalled as a deserter.

The maximum sentence for this is Life In Prison.

So Think Again.

Is the Army really something you really want to join?

Now just add your campaigning address, print out, and distribute outside of your local Army Recruiting Office.