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Extension du domaine de la lutte.

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Key Theoretical Text.

The class struggle intensifies. The floating signifier of the articulated hegemonic practices has been rent with lack, its suture is unravelling in chains of equivalence. The Tendance’s unity offensive against Dave Dudley reaches a peak. Er. Whatever. Michael Martin, symbol of all that is rotten in AEU pompous right-wingery, is (after clinging to his Office for dear life) going to resign as Speaker (here).  There’s a national political vacuum. We intend to do our best to intervene.

Here the Ipswich Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Committee held its first meeting last week. Around forty people attended – at a  few days notice. We will be out campaigning against the BNP.

A web site, created by Ipswich Unemployed Action, has been set up. The site presents many interesting first-hand reports and comments by Dan (and our good self – others will be forthcoming – yes you bloody will!) from the town. Its objectives are here.  

Nor should we forget the past. We would  like to signal the Country Standard. The Standard was the Communist Party of  Great Britain’s ‘rural’ paper (corresponding to La Terre in France). It was closely connected to the Agricultural Workers’ Union – now part of Unite the Union. There is a wealth of articles on the site, illustrating a positive side of the Communist Party. Of interest are the categories for Marxist historian A.L.Morton (who had strong  links with Suffolk), Paxton Chadwick (post-war Communist Mayor of Leiston), and his widow, Lee Chadwick, who continued the fight until her death in 2003 at 93 years old. I have a signed copy of her book, In Search of Heathland   in my front room. For all East Anglian comrades the Wilf Page section is of great importance. This marvellous man left a deep imprint. Poorly he was still a regular attender at the annual Burston rally. He passed away in 2001.


An absolute gem of a site.


Written by Andrew Coates

May 19, 2009 at 10:58 am

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  1. Coatsey, thanks for flagging up the Oxford Working Class Bookfair which is now supported by Oxford & District TUC and other heavy weight labour movement backing, a close friend of mine is involved in setting up the event. If you go to http://www.oxfordworkingclassbookfair.blogspot.com you will see that some speakers have been announced. It’s an eclectic programme ranging from Ian Bone to Richard ‘Lenins Tomb’ Seymour with a dose of labour movment/socialist historians thrown in.
    Interested to know more about IPSWICH UNEMPLOYED ACTION, having recently lost my job, I was talking to some comrades from the local PCS who were very enthusiastic about my idea of an Unemployed Workers Movement event


    May 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

  2. When you say campaigning against the BNP, on what basis and with what type of material? Please don’t say UAF or Hope not Hate!


    May 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

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