UKIP apostrophe catastrophe – the fine line between knowing your shit, and knowing you’re shit.

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New UKIP hoodie, courting the eddles, no doubt.

East London Big Flame! 1970s activism and autonomy

Originally posted on Poumista:

A new fantastic resource online: an archive of East London Big Flame in the 1970s. From the Who We Were page:

We were a fluid group of about a dozen young women and men who came together in east London. We probably would have described ourselves as left libertarians. We organised in the community, in workplaces, around class, racism, women’s and men’s issues, for personal change/self-help therapy, and against bias in the media. We saw ourselves not as outside, but as part of these struggles, and saw the links between these different issues as embodying politics in everyday life.

From 1973–5 we belonged to a nationwide grouping called
‘Big Flame’ (www.bigflameuk.wordpress.com). Our projects carried on until the early 1980s, and after that we dispersed and took our ideas and values into different areas of work (teaching; architecture; psychotherapy; archaeology; local government;  film-making; writing) as well as into continuing political and…

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Pubs to avoid: Prince of Wales, St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, welcomes fascists and turns away the opposition.

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Prince of Wales in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff welcomes fascists.

Locals who turned out to defend Cardiff city centre against racists on Saturday were astonished to find a dozen of them drinking in the Prince of Wales pub at 81-83 St Mary’s Street. Tel: 029 2064 4449 facebook The J.D. Wetherspoon house refused service to a group of antifascists, had them ejected by police and threatened with arrest, the police proceeded to bar entry to anyone from the counter-demo, insisting it was the pub’s decision to serve fascists only!

Fascist pub in Cardiff.

Fascists take refuge in the ‘spoons.

The fascists had originally planned to drink in O’Neills, but the pub wouldn’t have them. They left the Prince of Wales and environs festooned with National Front stickers. J.D. Wetherspoon feedback

The Welsh Alliance, formerly the Welsh defence league, is a small far-right coalition of E.D.L. type ‘patriots’ and people who would have had us on the other side in World War Two. Their facebook page asked marchers to ‘leave the racist banners at home’ which gives a good idea of the kind of support they were counting on. Pippen/turnernicked

Well known neo-Nazi Luke Pippen AKA earl Turner (facebook page) associated with blood and honour and the National Front, was arrested within minutes for threatening behaviour.

On the day 30 or so assorted fascists appropriated a miscellany of national symbols including the Welsh and British flags, the ubiquitous crusader banner and what looked like a Swedish one and tried to march to the City Hall. Their route was effectively blocked by Welsh Antifa and others. The were diverted by police through the park to an area between the police station and the Crown Court, a venue doubtless familiar to them. Here they made their speeches to an audience consisting entirely of police and antifascists.

Independent reports:

Wales Online

Daily Wales

Let’s get this straight: we’re sick of licencees bleating that they have been pressured by the police or the council to host fascists for whatever bogus reason. We don’t give a damn whether they are fascist sympathisers, too greedy to turn down the money, too spineless to stand up to the cops, too ignorant to understand the issues, or otherwise. Fascists are the enemy of the working class and so is anyone who gives comfort to them. No one is forced to open their doors to these people; you can shut and give your staff the day off. you have no right to compromise their health and safety by exposing them to this abomination. If any of them refuse to work under such conditions we will back them to the hilt, with direct action as necessary.

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This is what we’re up against, no platform, no quarter.

One Commercial Street, One Door For All! Every Wednesday 6-7 p.m. until they give in.

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The Lucy Parsons banner.

As the gentrification and Class/ethnic cleansing of London proceeds apace the people have drawn the line at No 1 Commercial Street.  There are weekly pickets at the socially-segregated building in Whitechapel, traditionally a working class stronghold and the spiritual home of London’s Anarchist movement, just a few doors from Freedom Books.

Social apartheid.

The front door, which resembles a swanky hotel lobby, only serves part of the building. Planning regulations require the developers to grudgingly include ‘affordable housing’ on their sites, knowing full well that few of those who actually make this city work could ever afford to buy a flat in London. Tenants of the 70 ‘social plots’ at no 1 are required to enter through the Poor Door, located down a dingy piss-stained alley; they have separate lifts, which are out of order for days on end.

“ONE ICONIC BUILDING One Commercial Street towers twenty-one storeys above Aldgate East like a blade of light, its glass fin protruding dramatically to add a sculptural quality to Redrow London’s first flagship development.” The developers’ website slobbers.

A three bedroom flat here will set you back over four million quid. The sign in the lobby says: “The concierge is available 24 hours per day. Should you wish to contact the concierge by phone or we are away from the desk, please phone: Mob: 07872108385 Landline: 020 7247 0464″

Please be polite.

“This is the Alamo for the working class of East London, if people put up with ‘one door for the rich, another door for the poor,’ they’ll put up with fucking anything. If there’s ever been an issue that people should stand up and be counted on, it’s this disgrace.” – Ian Bone.

Redrow goes on:

“this development bridges the gap between the square mile and London’s exciting East end”

- Every Wednesday for the past fourteen weeks, Class War and allies have been making the East End a bit more exciting for the toffs and swankers who get to use this door:

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Deep blue apartments offer short stays in the flats to corporate sharks working in the City of London, starting at £170 a night for a studio flat about the size of a prison cell. Their website boasts:

“the ideal location in an up and coming trendy area, … right in the heart of the fashionable East End of London … Around the corner, you’ll find the creative hubs of Hoxton, Whitechapel and Shoreditch”

- masturbate furiously!

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” The ideal base to return to after a hard day’s work,”

- stripping assets, cutting wages and foreclosing on poor people’s houses, presumably.

Saturday’s action, coming after the TUC’s festival of irrelevance ‘Britain needs a pay rise’ – emphasising the point that the business unions only represent those who get paid in the first place – was joined by anarchists, socialists and wobblies from across the country. North East Anarchists brought the Durham Miners’ banner, Cosmo entertained the troops,  drummers drummed – sorry didn’t get their name – the Women’s Death Brigade did the okey-cokey, and blocked the road as well as the entrance, not a single toff did pass for over an hour.

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Redrow’s operating review and financial review for 2014 are full of praise for government policy and reveal that they are making money hand over fist:
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Enquiries:

Steve Morgan, Chairman 01244 527411
Barbara Richmond, Group Finance Director 01244 527411
John Tutte, Group Chief Executive 01244 527411

STICK A ROCKET UP BORIS JOHNSON’S ARSE – NOVEMBER 5th

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If you can get to One Commercial Street on a Wednesday evening please come along and support this campaign: farcebook event

If you can’t here’s a list and map of Redrow’s developments in England and Wales, and if you’re aware of any development in your area using Poor Doors, tell us about it. Let’s spread this battle until we win it!

While we’re at it, why not come to Bridport and give ‘Evil Oliver’ Letwin a bollocking on the 8th November.

Localise the resistance!

COULD FRACKING COME TO FUNTINGTON? Friday 24 Oct

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An information meeting organised by Frack Free Solent.

Friday 24 Oct 7.30pm

Funtington & District Village Hall,

Southbrook Road, West Ashling PO18 8DR Map.

  • Short film describing fracking
  • Tim Dawes from Frack Free Solent
  • Peter McDowell – on the local geology
  • Question and answer session

The government has rushed to license fracking all over southern England. The area immediately to the west, and another large block to the north, of Funtington village have already been licensed to one of the most aggressive of oil exploration companies, IGas Energy.

One site, Markwells Wood at Forestside, has existing planning permission for further drilling.  IGas is already responsible for a small-scale conventional oil well near Rowlands Castle and others at Singleton.  The company was responsible for the controversial large-scale drilling operation recently at Barton Moss near Manchester. Fracking is a very different process to conventional oil extraction, requiring major industrial complexes at every well-head. Typically well-heads are spaced at 1 mile intervals.

This meeting is your chance to discuss the implications and get informed so you are ready in the event that planning applications start to be made in this area.

Urgent call for solidarity with Turkish Anarchists aiding Kurds at the border with Kobanê

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Let’s face it, if the anarchists don’t sort it out, no one else is going to.

Originally posted on Bristol Anarchist Federation:

Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action) near Kobanê

Kurdish resistance fighters, including many who speak of their commitment to an anarchist inspired social revolution, continue to battle repressive Daesh (ISIS/IS) forces around Kobanê. The optomistic would imagine that the role of the neighbouring Turkish state (a member of the US led coalition against Daesh) would involve opening its nearby border to feeling civilians, aiding those refugees who have already crossed, providing humanitarian assistance to the besieged town, or even actively supporting the resistance.  The reality could not be more different.

Turkish state forces have attempted to seal off the border to both those feeling out of Kobanê and those attempting to bring aid and supplies in to the town (suspicously those arming Daesh forces have been slipping through relatively unharrassed), The Turkish army have also attacked Kurdish refugees

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Support the Anti-Fascist 3 Fundraiser, Oxford 24th October.

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Three Anti-Fascists with stories to tell about their experiences confronting fascists in Oxford, London, and Brighton. Two arrests and one set of smashed teeth Facebook event.

Help us raise funds for the fight against fascism – medical fees and court costs! Taking place on Turl Street (if raining, alternate venue).

To break out of the conventional academic format that often replicates the alienation and boredom students feel in classrooms, our edu-art performance will take place on the public streets.

** For legal reasons, we have been advised to be intentionally vague about the fundraising as the aim of the court’s fining system is to cause hardship and the courts have had a history of fining higher if they know fundraising has occurred. Please come to the event to find out more ** Continue reading

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