Red And Black Telly: DANNY BAKER – FAKE OUTRAGE. With comment by Mal Content

Whilst I share Martin’s utter contempt for the Windsors, the BBC, liberals, politicians, royalist sycophants and other hypocrites, I think this misses the mark for a number of reasons. First of all I would urge people to read the following:

Now that Danny Baker’s been fired by the BBC, a brief history of ‘monkey racism’

The trouble with racial stereotypes is if you’re going to avoid them you need to know what they are. I doubt many people on this side of the pond understood that fried chicken was offensive to African Americans, for example. The monkey/race connection is easily overlooked unless it impinges on your daily life, but then it has been pointed out that mr Baker is a Millwall supporter, so it would be surprising if he hadn’t come across it before.

Baker’s always been an arsehole, he’s in the pop-culture business and he’s paid handsomely to know about such matters, it isn’t ‘cheeky’ it’s some kid getting bullied at school.

The establishment can stop simpering over the ‘mixed race’ inclusion as the term itself is antiquated and posits the concept of race as an objective category rather than a political one. The very mirage of hereditary monarchy rests on the superstition that one person’s blood is somehow better than another’s – we could say DNA nowadays but that just reduces it to the absurd.

It was the myth of race that justified primitive accumulation: the pillage of continents, the enclosure of indigenous lands, the slaughter and enslavement of milions by the empires of Europe, in the name of their royal houses. The entire global capitalist death machine was founded on white supremacy.

The new royal parasite will inherit a life of privilege beyond our capacity to imagine, and will be insulated from the practical consequences of the racism that still runs through the institutions of state like a stick of rock. Uniquely though, they cannot be said to be ‘in-bred’ as neither of their parents are related to the house of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, except in the sense that we all are (Harry’s the ginger one, if you didn’t know).

– Mal Content.

Just in case anyone doubts Martin’s anti-racist credentials


Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and rally 2019 Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st July 2019. View map No stall this year, apparently they were “oversubscribed”. Nah we don’t either, more time to get drunk then.

On the plus side the IWW are back, with a new improved stall run by Dorset branch.

Wob kitchen will run from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, next to the Big Tent; you’ll hardly notice the difference. Wessex Solidarity will make some of our literature catalogue available on the day. We’ve lots of new stuff that isn’t in the reference library as we’re running out of storage space – it hasn’t been updated for years. Why not get in touch now if there’s a subject you’re particularly interested in.

Catering Cadre: Comrade Les, our Wob kitchen chef is offering free training on outside and event catering for Radical Workers and groups who want to feed their members, homeless or unemployed workers in a safe and cost-effective way. Topics including:

  • Basic Health safety and hygiene.
  • Basic budget and Menu planning.
  • Basic dietary requirements.
  • Basic safe use of LPG and Butane gas cookers.

Let us know if you’re interested or come and see us about it at the festival.

Safe Space Policy: “don’t be a dick”.

This year we ask Radical Workers to be especially kind to members of the Prison Officers Association, as they are ever so sensitive, and easily upset by loud noises and rude words.

Bloody hell it was hot! Tolpuddle R.W.B. 2018


International May Day roundup

Anarchist Communist Group

In France there were many large demonstrations in cities and towns, In Paris, there was a march of some 2,000 anarchists on the morning of May 1st. This was followed by the main march with a turnout from the usual unions and left parties, but with also the turnout of both feminists and Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) who are increasingly radicalising. This was met with a massive police presence, who attacked demonstrators with batons and gas.

 Two thousand demonstrated in the centre of Rennes. Several thousands demonstrated at Toulouse, where again demonstrators were attacked with many tear gas grenades by police. There were two thousand demonstrators at Orleans, and between nine to eleven thousand demonstrators at Lyon, with a large anarchist bloc. There was a very large anarchist contingent on the demonstration at Dijon, where two thousand turned out for May Day. A few gas canisters fired by the cops. Two thousand at Cherbourg with an anarchist bloc, ten thousand at Bordeaux and a thousand at Aubenas. On all of these demonstrations, there were turnouts from feminists, climate change campaigners and Gilets Jaunes.

In Colombia, there was a large anarchist presence on the May Day demo in Bogota.

In Chile there were brutal attacks by the police on demonstrators.

In El Salvador, there was a large anarchist bloc on the demo in San Salvador.

There was an anarchist presence on the demonstration in Helsinki, Finland.

In Bangladesh the Anarchosyndicalist Federation organised a large event.

In Sweden twenty anarchists protesting against the government’s plans to clamp down on strikes were brutally arrested.

In Turkey, despite the severe repression there, large numbers of anarchists under red and black flags turned out.

In Bandung in Indonesia, police arrested six hundred anarchists, out of an anarchist bloc of one thousand, stripped them to their underwear and shaved their heads. Elsewhere in Indonesia, police tried to block a large anarchist bloc marching to join the main demonstration, leading to clashes.

In Germany in Berlin, police attacked a demonstration of twenty thousand, who chanted “The streets are ours” and “anticapitalism”.

In Italy, police attacked a demonstration against a transalpine high speed train tunnel.

In Greece there was a 24 hour strike of transport workers, including ferry, tram, train and bus workers.


Red And Black Telly: A NEW ” CENTER PARTY ” ?