The Ghost of Watt Tyler

Watt Tyler was one of the leaders of the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt. He was a slain by the King’s supporters after drinking a jug of beer “in a very rude and disgusting fashion before the King's face.”

Monday, March 14, 2005

European moaning ….

Victor S says:

I don't think I'm going to make friends here, but I have to say that I am seriously leaning towards voting in favour of the European Constitution simply becuase of the failure of the UK far left to mount a serious campaign against it.

Meaders agrees with him apart from the conclusion:

It's not good enough, comrades. Go read Victor S his conclusion isn't correct - but then, I'm expected to say that - but his demand for a little more effort on our part is spot on.

As always we need to ask what is paramount? It’s very easy to come up with a wish list of issues but we have limited (in some cases very limited) resources. There are only so many causes we can meaningful take up. To mention but a few: militarism, international inequality, privatisation, anti-racism and civil liberties.

Of course the proposed neo-liberal European Constitution links many of them - but then so does our economic system which is why we are trying to overthrow it and ‘replace it with something nicer.’ Yet nobody with a brain suggests a general campaign against capitalism at this moment in time?

And anyway do constitutions make a lot of difference. Many of the worst dictatorships have had pretty good constitutions.

The left should take up causes which capture the public imagination and pose the greatest threat to humanity. At present that is US imperial ambitions.