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A Radical 2017 – All we need to do is join in

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Jon Bigger writes on direct and effective alternatives to the opportunism and whining of the liberal left

Since the Brexit and Trump results one thing that’s been glaringly obvious about any mainstream response is that it amounts to nothing but liberal bedwetting.

Article after article in the UK liberal press, day upon day has focused on what the terrible conservative forces will be getting up to and how we’re all under threat from the menace. Actually they’ve focused mainly on free movement which I’ll come to shortly. I want to talk this month about how we can focus on our radical response and how we need to have solidarity at our core.

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Support the Deliveroo couriers union: Donate now!

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Why you should support #IWGB:

“UPDATE: Deliveroo is victimizing one of our key activists: Ben Geraghty. Ben has been working for Deliveroo for over a year and has been at the forefront of the IWGB’s attempts to gain union recognition through the courts in order to achieve “worker” status for Deliveroo drivers as well as win the first collective bargaining agreement in the so-called “gig economy”. As part of this Ben has led a number of recruitment stalls in Camden where we have been signing up Deliveroo workers to the union and getting drivers to sign a petition stating they support union recognition of the IWGB…” (more…)

Anarchy in the UK: A changed political landscape

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“In 2016 the political landscape has changed around us. A resurgence of conservatism resulting from changes within the Conservative Party leadership following the EU referendum has been followed by Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election and the possibility of populist parties and personalities winning elections in Europe next year…” (more…)

Anyone fancy a water cannon? Two previous careless owners

“These water cannon have been used to train officers for deployment in Northern Ireland for the past two years and could provide a vital service on London’s streets tomorrow if required…”

Evening Standard: Boris Johnson’s water cannon up for sale after £322,000 spend… and no use at all

The full cost of the former Mayor’s controversial purchases – which have languished in storage for the last two years – is more than £322,000, meaning the London taxpayer will lose out even if they go for the maximum price.

This covers storage, maintenance and upgrade work on the three crowd control vehicles, including £20,000 on repainting, £5,000 on bodywork repairs due to corrosion and almost £1,000 on installing radio and CD players for the drivers.

Labour’s Sadiq Khan, who took over as Mayor in May, announced today that the water cannon would be sold via the Ministry of Defence, to a reputable European policing or civil defence force.

Boris Johnson: the former mayor bought the cannon (PA)

He said the sale will abide by rigorous ethical standards to ensure the water cannon are not misused in future, ruling out any bids from Middle Eastern states, Russia and probably Turkey.

The Mayor plans to redirect the proceeds, and any funds which would otherwise have been spent on maintaining the crowd control vehicles in future years, into projects to tackle gang crime.

Mr Khan said: “It beggars belief that such a huge amount of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on paying to store these redundant machines.

Criticism: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (PA)

“We’ve been left in this position by the previous Mayor who rashly purchased them before he even had permission to use them, and now it’s my job to claw back as much of London taxpayers’ money as I can.

“I have spent a significant amount of time looking into how I can do this, and have been left with no choice but sell these machines through a process that charges a fee.”

The Met and the German Federal Police estimated that the water cannon would now be worth between £35,000 and £43,000, after substantial upgrade work.

They were originally bought from the Germans two years ago for £28,000 each – a total of £84,000 – but the overall package, including refurbishment was £218,000. Since then the Met has spent vast sums on storage, insurance and other expenses.

This included £32,000 on making the vehicles compliant with the Low Emission Zone, even though they were never used, £20,000 on fitting CCTV and £3,000 on 999 sirens, plus another £3,500 on Met Police signage.

In July 2015, Mrs May refused permission for their use on the capital’s streets, telling MPs that evaluation and testing had shown the cannon could cause serious injuries, including spinal fractures, and raised doubts over their usefulness in fast-moving riots.

The cannon have since been kept in storage by the Metropolitan Police at its Gravesend training facility.

The MoD will take 5 per cent of the sale price, with a further 30 to 35 per cent going to the contractor.

Tory Assembly member Keith Prince said: “Although they cannot currently be routinely used, the Met can apply for a special licence to deploy water cannon were we to have a repeat of events like the 2011 riots – a fact the Mayor is either ignoring or unaware of.

“These water cannon have been used to train officers for deployment in Northern Ireland for the past two years and could provide a vital service on London’s streets tomorrow if required.

“The Mayor wants to make this look like he’s shedding dead weight. The reality is he will get virtually nothing back for what are third-hand vehicles which are currently serving a useful purpose.”

Regeneration is violence! Why Unproductives reject Schumacher’s social cleansing ideas

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UPDATED 6 DEC: text reproduced with permission – All those distorting the Schumacher social cleansing speech – chucking identity politics in the mix and moaning about language… please bore off!

Until it affects YOU directly and the realisation that estate communities have: no voice, no platform, no power, and no political party stepping in to fight your corner or stop families/people being evicted out of their homes and out of London – miles away from family/support network and being dumped in totally unfamiliar and sometimes alien locations!

The Schumachers, RIBA’s Derbyshire, politicians & local authority bureaucrats are using a combination of James Buchanan’s theories (US neocon asset stripping adviser to Thatcher) and John Nash (architect of ‘Game Theory’), collectively scheming & strategising in self interest – building up power & personal empires… with the cause of ‘helping others’ (building Unaffordable housing’) when in fact they are helping themselves and their class. (more…)

Feedback from the first Schumacher demo

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UPDATED 6 DEC: “What Patrik Schumacher has said is social fascism. If it’s not opposed early on, it will grow and grow… We as working class people want to stop it right at the beginning” said founder of Class War, Ian Bone…” After Patrik Schumacher voiced his desire for public and affordable housing to be abolished, protesters have targeted the office of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in Clerkenwell, London. In Schumacher’s speech, made earlier this month in Berlin, he argued that state regulations stifle architectural creativity and development while giving tenants of public housing unfair access to city centers. (more…)

List of everyone who can now see your entire internet history

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Internet providers will be forced to keep a full record of every site that each one of its customers have visited. Full article here

Source: Independent, 24 NOV 2016: Organisations including the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions will be able to see UK citizen’s entire internet browsing history in weeks.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, and make them available to the government if it asks. Those ICRs effectively serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, not collecting which specific pages are visited or what’s done on them but serving as a full list of every site that someone has visited and when…

Metropolitan police force
City of London police force
Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
Police Service of Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
British Transport Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Royal Navy Police
Royal Military Police
Royal Air Force Police
Security Service
Secret Intelligence Service
GCHQ
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Home Office
Ministry of Justice
National Crime Agency
HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Scotland
Gambling Commission
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner
NHS Business Services Authority
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
Office of Communications
Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
Scottish Ambulance Service Board
Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
Serious Fraud Office
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

Full article here

Deliveroo workers, a new initiative: Rebel Roo bulletin #1

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From Plan C: “The struggle for decent wages and conditions within the ‘gig economy’ has entered a new phase recently with the Uber court victory and the announcement of a union-building drive by the IWGB amongst Deliveroo workers in London.

The initial energy of the summer’s spontaneous strikes is successfully being converted into long-term campaigns.

As part of this development, the Plan C Social Strike working group is excited to announce today that we are involved in supporting a new initiative: The Rebel Roo, a national bulletin for Deliveroo workers, produced by Deliveroo workers…” full article here

Class War at the London Anarchist Bookfair 2016, 29 October

This year will see the Class War crews come together with a stall in the bookfair, and a certainly provocative meeting, 12 noon – 1pm: Is Revolutionary Working Class Politics back on the agenda? Yes, say Lisa McKenzie and Martin Wright, authors, broadcasters and street activists.

“Our class is fed-up, brassed-off, demonised, ridiculed, ignored, marginalised, under bitter attack from right, left and centre…” (more…)

The Filth

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FILTH: from an anonymous comrade

The Filth
‘Some officers, acting undercover whilst seeking to infiltrate protest groups, entered into long-term intimate sexual relationships with women which were abusive, deceitful, manipulative and wrong. These relationships were a violation of the women’s human rights, an abuse of police power and caused significant trauma. I unreservedly apologise on behalf of the Metropolitan police service.’
– Martin Hewitt, Assistant Commissioner (November 2015)

Some call you Old Bill
And some call you Bobbies
And some call you Coppers
And some call you the Busies
And some call you Pigs
And some call you much worse
But we call you what you are
We call you the Filth
We call you the Filth
Cause Filth is what you are
Sociopaths and sadists
Lying scum and rapists. (more…)