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Left Bloc at the People’s Vote March: On lâche rien!

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At the Left Bloc Behind the Banner ‘Stop Tory Brexit’ (Photos from Mike H).

After short speeches in Old Park Lane, by a number of people, including Michael Chessum, Hilary Wainwright and Mary Kaldor, hundreds joined the Left Bloc at the People’s Vote March.

It was felt that a serious left presence was needed to show that the ‘another Europe is possible’ can be a political force within anti-Brexit protests, the Labour Party and the labour movement.

The intervention was well received, apart from unfavourable reactions from a few Liberal Democrats.

At the post-Demo discussion and Party in Lambeth, people thanked the organisers’ for their hard work, which had  paid, off.

The strategy is now to build the campaign for a People’s Vote in the Labour Party and the trade unions.

There was serious discussion on the grounded, mass, and worked out alternative to the ‘Lexit’ sovereigntist left which needs to be built.

It was an exceptional day.

The warmth and enthusiasm of the left bloc reminded this writer of one of his favourite film moments – Blue is the Warmest Colour, (Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2).

On lâche rien!


People’s Vote march: ‘More than 700,000 protesters’ call for second referendum on Brexit in ‘largest demonstration since Iraq War’

After the March there was a Post-demo Party in Lambeth.



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Thanks for to the gallery of photos by Mike Hirst.

And (nicked from LM):

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 21, 2018 at 10:46 am

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  1. Component groupos at the Left bloc? I assume the quite small Socialist Resistance group was there.

    Jim Monaghan

    October 21, 2018 at 11:44 am

  2. He was.

    Left labour ( including some Momentum members), Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, Left Unity, Chartist, Red Pepper (see above), a few Greens, people whose main alignment is simply Another Europe is Possible and people whose alignment is simply ‘left against Brexit’.

    Andrew Coates

    October 21, 2018 at 11:48 am

  3. Andrew Coates

    October 21, 2018 at 11:55 am

  4. It’s not just a “Tory” Brexit though is it. Most of the organised left outside of Labour, the CGB (Morning Star), SPEW, SWP et al with the exception of you AWL and the country’s last Pabloite wanted out despite the dire consequences. Russia launched a chemical attack because we are seen as weak and isolated.

    I blame Angela Merkel for tipping the balance. Her invitation to all and sundry to come to Europe caused a backlash that undermined the European project everywhere. I do not believe in “open borders” and money would be better spent helping to find peaceful solutions where there are conflicts and development programmes where there is poverty.

    The European project was expanded far too quickly. Most people were not ready for the consequences and governments just wanted to make a quick buck. Poland and Hungary are only borderline democracies, the growth of right-wing populism across Europe and it’s equally dangerous twin Corbynism in the UK does not bode well for the future.

    Howard Fuller

    October 21, 2018 at 11:56 am

  5. Nick Clegg is now head of Facebook’s Global Communications Strategy Division. So he has not done too badly for himself.

    The Fuckerberg

    October 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

  6. ♫I don’t want to change the world
    I’m not looking for a new England
    Are you looking for another girl?♫

    Kirsty McColl (deceased)

    October 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

  7. From the Workers Liberty website:

    Workers’ Liberty went on the People’s Vote demonstration on 20 October with placards, red flags, banners, stalls, and chant sheets.

    Ours was the only organised left-wing presence on the demonstration. The full count is not yet in, but we must have sold about 300 copies of Solidarity on the demonstration, as well as books, pamphlets, etc., and collected contact details from many people who want to keep in touch.

    We distributed the “Left Against Brexit” leaflet produced by the Nottingham and Sheffield Left Against Brexit groups.

    We distributed chant sheets. We joined the “Left Bloc” organised by “Another Europe is Possible”, and most of the bloc took up our chants. They were the only chants anywhere on the demo to go beyond “we want a people’s vote” and “bollocks to Brexit”, as far as we could tell.

    The demonstration numbers are reported as 700,000, and it was certainly huge. The speakers at the end were more on a Lib-Dem, SNP, Plaid Cymru wavelength than left-wing: the middle-of-the-road Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was probably the most left-wing.

    There was hardly any Labour Party presence as such. We came across many Labour voters and Labour members on the march. Like the majority of Labour supporters and members, according to many polls, they oppose Brexit, and are unhappy with the Labour leaders’ fence-sitting on the issue.

    There were very few banners from Labour Parties or union branches, or indeed from any organisations, on the huge march. The marchers were on average a more prosperous, more Lib-Dem-ish crowd than those who join other leftish protest marches, and non-white marchers were a smaller minority than they are in London’s general population; but given the huge overall size of the march, it was also a big turnout of non-white marchers.

    Our aim now is to expand and step up the activity of the network of local “Left Against Brexit” groups.

    Jim Denham

    October 22, 2018 at 8:54 am

  8. Andrew Coates

    October 22, 2018 at 10:53 am

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