Sunday, July 04, 2004

Strange Day

Funny old day, really. Go up late (just before 11). Done a bit of tidying up while 'er indoors took the boy to his kung fu class (keep in mind: don't mess with the boy, you folks out there).
Then thought "it's now or never" for the re-putting up of the towel rail in the bathroom, which, although only took around 10 minutes, I hated doing because I hate doing anything that is remotely conncected with DIY, except for painting.
I didn't do the planned painting duties - window panes on the outside and other external parts - as a result of the promised showers. The showers never arrived.
Went to the newsagent to get the Morning Star and, shock fucking horror - a page is given over to Ken Livingstone to explain why he encouraged Tube workers to scab during the strike on the London Underground during the week.
It is one thing to allow some dodgy types in the labour movement to air their views in the so-called "paper of the left", but Ken put himself outside the movement altogether last week when he made his pro-scab comments.
The Star has been going downhill for some time now, highlighted when they done everything to promote the crackpot Respect during the recent elections - which, I may add, was against the wishes of the Communist Party of Britain (whose programme is supposed to be the editorial policy of the Star).
But to allow the bosses (for that is what Livingstone is in this matter) to write freely, attacking workers, in its pages is a step too far.
It's not the first time that Livingstone has attacked a group of strikers, of course.
Back in 1998 journalists at a national daily newspaper took strike action (six long fucking weeks on the cobbles) in defence of their editor who was sacked on the most spurious - and politically motivated - grounds, with an organisation by the name of Socialist Action behind these attempts to destabilise the paper concerned.
Those strikers won their dispute. During the strike, an MP close to Socialist Action tabled a motion attacking the strikers - not one other MP signed the motion, however, and, such was the outrage among his fellow Socialist Campaign Group members, the MP was forced to withdraw the motion.
The management were subequently kicked out of the newspaper and the editor was reinstated.
The MP in question was Ken Livingstone and the newspaper was the Morning Star.
Now, that same editor allows Livingstone to attack another group of workers in his paper.
Weird how history comes around like that, innit?

7 Comments:

Blogger The Radical Postman said...

Did you no just vote for Comrade Ken as Mayor?

10:56 pm  
Blogger Reidski said...

I may have. Why? Who would you have voted for?

11:02 pm  
Blogger Jim said...

I would have said Mayor who needs a fucking Mayor. Now the time I gave the first citizem a lift to station he looked shifty and you slag off the Justice Minister.

11:42 pm  
Blogger The Radical Postman said...

I would have voted for RESPECT.

12:08 am  
Blogger Reidski said...

Where do I slag off Justice Minister? I hate all that bollocks of resignations when there's a fuck up. Calls for resignations means that our view of politics - and society in general - centres on individuals rather than economic and social classes.

10:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice wallpaper Reidski!
Jimty

5:03 pm  
Blogger Reidski said...

I think so and I've also got the notion to put some up in my living room, but I'm not sure.......

10:51 pm  

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