This House Believes The Class System is Static Irrespective of Wealth Acquisition
Speakers in Proposition:
Dr Lisa McKenzie – Author and research fellow at LSE specialising in class inequality
Kate Fox – Co-Director of Social Issues Research Centre and social anthropologist
Speakers in Opposition:
Lord Norman Tebbit – Former Chairman of Conservative Party and Employment Secretary
Tim Lott – Author, journalist, broadcaster and weekly columnist for The Guardian’s ‘Family’ section
Start date: 24/11/2016 20:30
Location: The Oxford Union
[Not sure if we can get tickets or if its membership-only. Will keep you informed!]
BBC Radio 4, 12 NOV 2016: Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from the Cambridge Union Society with the Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng, the sociologist and political activist Dr Lisa McKenzie, former senior diplomat and Ambassador to the US Sir Nigel Sheinwald, and the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP. (more…)
Today Class War’s Lisa Mckenzie was charged with public order offences for carrying this poster outside a building in which 29-year-old Texan billionaire Taylor McWilliams was supping champagne – a building that has separate entrances for people of different classes.
Today the Metropolitan Police upped the ante in the class war by the rich against the rest. Today they are censoring and intimidating the voices of the working-class on behalf of plutocrats. It’s the week when the Tories pledged to tear up what little human rights we have, the week when Theresa May announced all opponents of this corrupt political system would be chased down as “domestic extremists”.
The attack on Lisa Mckenzie’s freedom of speech is an injury to all. Class War calls for resistance against the rich and their agents.
Class War will be at the State Opening of Parliament on 27 May, ready to send a message to the ruling class: your time is up!
Check the Calendar for upcoming events, see Class War messing about on Facebook here, or on Twitter here @ClassWar2015
Lisa Mckenzie, Class War’s former parliamentary candidate for Iain Duncan Smith’s Chingford seat, was today charged with three public order offences for allegedly causing offence to a Texan property tycoon and friend of Prince Harry.
Lisa was arrested by Bethnal Green police on 2 April for allegedly putting a sticker on a window at One Commercial Street and holding up a poster of a graveyard with the slogan “We have found homes for the rich” – a poster that has been used by Class War for over 30 years. The offences were alleged to have taken place on 19 March. The garbled charge sheet was riddled with spelling and grammar errors.
One Commercial Street, which is owned by 29-year-old billionaire socialite Taylor McWilliams, has been the focus of a long-standing “Poor Doors” against social segregation in housing. McWilliams bought the building from Redrow late last year.
In the weeks before charging her, police made numerous visits to her home and frequently changed her bail date, which has resulting in serious disruption to her work as an LSE academic.
She said: “This is a clear attempt to stop protests against the social cleansing of London. Billionaire property developers exercising their muscle through the metropolitan police to stop and silence those of us who fight against social cleansing and social apartheid.” (more…)
This article was originally published in Red Pepper.
With previous MPs including Winston Churchill, who sent in troops to deal with striking miners in South Wales, and ‘Margaret Thatcher’s bootboy’ Norman Tebbit, the kind of class war that usually goes down well in Chingford, Essex, is anti-organised working class Conservatism. It’s no surprise that the present incumbent is the Tory butcher-in-chief of the welfare system, Iain Duncan Smith, who enjoys a majority of nearly 13,000.
So Lisa McKenzie, contesting the rock-solid Tory seat of Chingford and Woodford Green under the anarchist Class War banner, is not, it’s fair to say, likely to top the polls on 7 May. ‘God, I’d be mortified,’ she confesses. ‘I mean, have you seen that Inside the Commons programme on the telly? I’d be gutted!’ (more…)
Article by Class War’s candidate for Croydon South – Jon Bigger!
Yesterday Class War came to Chingford. We marched and campaigned for Lisa McKenzie, standing against the vile Iain Duncan Smith.
We were greeted by the local Tory residents and those ready for a big change. Naturally the Tory voters looked rather shocked at our Lucy Parsons banner. (more…)
MEET 12.30 @ Chingford Train Station to march to Tory HQ
In 2015 inequality within the UK is at levels that we have not seen since the height of the industrial revolution, with absolute poverty returning to our poorest and most vulnerable people. It is against this back drop that I have decided to stand in the General Election in Chingford and against IDS for Class War.
I am a working class woman, daughter of a striking Nottingham miner, and an academic. I write, teach and research class inequality, I practice what I preach. IDS calls himself the quiet man, well I am a gobby working class woman.
My aim is to put class politics back into… errr… politics, Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrats all serve the same ideology of the neo-liberal model that serves the elite, rich and establishment. The Greens talk about inequality but do not connect with working class people, and UKIP appear to be the party of protest for ‘the ordinary Britain’ when in reality they are a right wing group of Eurosceptics, with a racist and right wing following led by a public school educated City banker.
Class War-gets peoples attention, the elite and the establishment are afraid of the great unwashed, the angry mob, and the proletariat mass. Class War puts working class politics at the heart of everything that is does, which means it is angry, sweary, and a lot of fun whilst at the same time never forgetting the injustice and the injuries that class prejudice has on working class people.
Vote Class War on May 7th- Tell the Elites, and the Establishment to Fuck Off.
Tune in to Radio 4 tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8pm) to hear Class War’s candidate for Chingford (and IDS’s nemesis) Lisa McKenzie tackle questions on class inequality from the vile Melanie Phillips and Plonker in Chief – Michael Portillo.