Sunday, 10 May 2015

Some thoughts on Tories victory in the General Election.

#ToriesOut Now

  • Shock that so many people voted Tory. The propaganda machine must have worked.
  • Regardless of electoral strategy used, even tactical voting, there was no means of preventing the result of Tory victory by the ballot box.
  • Voting for Labour wouldn't have made a difference. If the whole of Scotland voted Labour it wouldn't have stopped the tories winning.
  • An alternative voting system wouldn't have made a different.
  • UKIP coming 3rd apart from the SNP means that the tories will likely be inclined towards appealing further right and being even more right wing.
  • the UK already feels right wing and is likely to swing even further to the right.
  • Grassroots direct action is the only solution. Cliche formulas of marches,rallies,protests or supporting political parties which are offered up to us by the establishment left will not work. Now is the time for the anti-authoritarian left to shine and to organize.
  • A protest or riot is not the same as a movement and some people mistakenly think it is. We need a movement.
  • I support the protests in London fully.
  • The SNP aren't liberators. They act as a break on  revolutionary tendencies and so are counter-revolutionary.

"To those of you arguing that direct action and protesting “makes no difference”: This is just painfully incorrect. Pretty much no social movement in history has been successful without some form of direct action. To just focus on one relevant example, it was the hugely confrontational poll tax riots of 1990 which played a fundamental role in the demise of Thatcher and her brutal attacks on the working class. These tactics are effective, whether you like it or not."

"This insidious idea that the only way people can legitimately strive for change is by spending the next 5 years quietly persuading others to vote differently in the next general election is the worst kind of liberal bullshit."
"It’s also a really fucking privileged thing to say when there are so many people whose lives will genuinely be in danger over the next 5 years. If you think that our current system of “democracy” will ever adhere to the voices of the people without being forced to by mass collective action, it’s time to wake up."

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