Thoughts on Manchester after the bombing – Mal Content.

Another day, another home-grown fanatic, another child of North-Western Europe and more casually chosen victims of freakish ultra-conservative ideologies and their cultures of violence. The killer’s parents fled a post–Stalinist dictatorship, they were born into the liberal-bourgeois culture that tolerates newcomers up to a point, but is founded on institutional racism, structural oppression and the legacy of empire. They will have watched their parents’ homeland smashed to bits on television, before or after becoming conservatised by the latest fascistic religious death-cult.

In the aftermath, the stars that shone out of the gloom were not the self-important politicians, the bungling secret service or swaggering armed cops but Manchester’s Working Class, many having Middle Eastern heritage themselves. The taxi drivers and hospitality workers offering mutual aid and practical solidarity. The NHS staff working flat out all night, the homeless first aiders, the residents who sheltered and fed strangers. Then as the dust settled, Mancunians at home and away rushed to identify with their city, to defend its diverse culture and celebrate its unique characteristics.

The difference between a city and a nation-state is not just one of scale. The latter, its boundaries arbitrarily drawn and extended by conquest, has always to construct an artificial identity that uneasily juggles the opposing interests of rulers and ruled, the conceit of parasites and the aspirations of paupers. Its values are those of the rich excused to the poor and imposed on them by force or deception. It’s best defined by whatever its bosses claim it isn’t and whoever it’s currently at war with. We have common enemies, but we’re not on the same side.

A city, on the other hand is a community in the sense that its people are genuinely interconnected and dependent upon each other. It grows organically over decades or centuries, it is the sum of whatever its citizens do for each other, what they offer to and receive from the wider world. It is visibly built and operated by the Working Class, who feed it, light it, keep it moving and clean. The rich may occupy bits of it, divide it, rob it, starve it, even ruin it but they cannot claim any credit for its identity.

By the way, if this doesn’t make you appreciate Fire and Ambulance Crews, A&E facilities, Junior Doctors and hospital beds, nothing will.

Dorset bookfair 2017 Meetings and films programme.

Newham nag is a hit with residents

Focus E15

Read all about it. Real news hits the streets of Newham

Focus E15 campaign and Debt Resistance UK  joined forces to launch a one off  publication, the Newham Nag on Saturday 20 May outside Stratford station in London.  Both campaigns agree that Robin Wales and the Labour council in Newham continue to pull the wool over the eyes of residents and this needs to be exposed. The Newham Nag draws attention to the official publication for Newham council, the Newham Mag.  This latter publication paints a rosy version of Newham that is unrecognisable to those who are facing the effects of years of austerity and council cuts. Clearly an alternative voice is needed in Newham!

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Passersby flocked to get their free copy of the Newham Nag and stayed around to chat to campaigners. Speakers on the community sound system included Debt Resistance, Focus E15 campaign and Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! with…

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TWAT.

Red And Black Telly: ELECTION QUICKIE 7- TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE?

Letwin sticks his neck out!

Word reaches us that Evil Ollie Letwin The architect of NHS privatisation, racist, supporter of fox hunting, badger-baiting and other horrors, is offering a frank exchange of views with some of his intended victims. “Come and question Oliver Letwin at 6 pm on Wednesday 24th May at Loders Village Hall DT6 3SA” facebook event

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A warm welcome is assured for the old etonian author of ‘Privatising the World’ who will be delighted to answer questions about how he has made a career out of selling us things we already own. He can no longer show his face in Dorchester, so he’s holding his ‘public’ meeting in Maiden Newton, which is bloody difficult to get to, even if you live in the vicinity, because they’ve cut all the bus services.

LSE cleaners’ strike continues, and other upcoming events…