Radical changes in consciousness often spring from arbitrary collective
experiences. Last week’s bombings in London are no exception. On the
surface, the story being broadcast and repeated by the journalists,
politicians, and purveyors of “objective information” appears to be
true. But there is more to it than that.
Schröder has dissolved the Bundestag and has called early elections for
September 18. Polls show a drastic fall in the SPD vote and the most
likely outcome seems a victory of the right wing Christian Democrats.
But on the left a new formation is emerging, the Left Alliance, made up
of the PDS (former Communist Party of East Germany) and the WASG, a
left split of disenchanted social democrats and trade unionists, and
the former leader of the left of the SPD, Oskar Lafontaine, is
preparing to be its main leader. The crisis of German capitalism is
preparing the ground for greater instability and a polarization of
Despite clashing with both the RISE festival and the traditional
Tollpuddle Rally, the main hall at the TUC’s Congress House was largely
full for this year’s AGM and rally of the Labour Representation
Committee (LRC), the main new umbrella grouping for Left activists
inside the Labour Party. Amongst others, a number of the platform
speakers from the trade union movement, including Jeremy Dear (NUJ),
Mark Serwotka (PCS) and Paul Mackney (NATFHE) took time to outline the
ongoing process of attacks against the public sector being carried out
by the government.