Twenty years ago this month, the heroic twelve-month long struggle of
the British miners to defend their jobs and their communities came to
an end. The BBC drama Faith
broadcast on February 28 on these events was like a breath of fresh
air, an antidote to that earlier filth masquerading as ‘impartial
documentaries’. For the first time in the national media the role of
the state – its specially created national police force, its media, its
secret services, and all the weapons employed by the ruling class to
fight the miners – was vividly exposed.
From the main squares of US cities to the streets of Istanbul, from
London to Sydney, demonstrators came out in support of the Iraqi people
and in rejection of the two year long imperialist occupation.
The London Hands off Venezuela campaign held an excellent meeting at
the Walkers of Whitehall pub just off Trafalgar Square after the
anti-war demonstration on March 19, 2005. Hands off Venezuela had a
stall at the demonstration that attracted a lot of attention, where
DVDs, pamphlets and leaflets were distributed on the revolutionary
events in Venezuela.
A group of students organised in the UCL Social Forum, UCL Stop the War
Society and the UCLSSWS, together with other activists, occupied the
University College London on the eve of the national march against the
occupation of Iraq.
The state of the world economy, the USA, China, the disastrous war in
Iraq, all have a direct effect on the situation in Britain. Some may
find a contradiction in the fact that although Blair is very unpopular
he will almost certainly win the elections. The fact is that there is
no alternative. The workers of Britain have not forgotten what the
Tories did when they were in power. But the undercurrents are already
discernable and these will sooner or later come to the surface.