BY PAUL NEWALL
I didn’t grasp it fully when I was deeply involved as a Trotskyite, but the Left thrives on tragedy, even to the point of creating or contriving disasters in order to attain power. My first tastes of this were in the early 1980’s, first with the miners’ strike and then with Liverpool city council.
The miners were a political problem for both the parties of power in the 1970’s and they had both had governments undermined – pun intended – by politically motivated industrial action. The response first by the Callaghan government and subsequently by the Thatcher administration was a huge closure programme followed by the implementation of mass redundancies. This programme was conveniently ignored by the Left while it was a Labour minister signing the severance payments – the fact that Labour closed more pits than the Conservatives is still rarely mentioned.
This all changed in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher came to power and the pit closure programme metamorphosed into a meaty bone for the revolutionary communists to gnaw on. And all hell broke loose. The Left didn’t particularly care for the plight of the miners but the strike that they agitated for over five years was used as a recruiting sergeant for Militant as well as the RCP, the WRP and the SWP. At this time I helped by taking part in street collections but soon graduated to picketing at both pit gates and coking plants. The violence steadily increased – to be fair pushed by radicals on both sides – and the climax came at Orgreave.
I’m convinced to this day that had the miners won the day on the 18th of June 1984, that the government would have collapsed and the Revolution would have happened. The government were convinced of this fact too which is why I saw khaki kitbags on police buses. I still carry a couple of scars from that day where I involuntarily headbutted ebonite nightsticks, but even that didn’t knock any sense into me.
In 1985 I took part in political campaigns in Liverpool during the Rate cap revolution. Militant had played a long game in the city, they headed up public campaigns that made use of the money granted to the city in the aftermath of the Toxteth riots (another Trotskyist plot) and many comrades worked on a voluntary basis to ensure the success of social programs like youth clubs, creches and council house building. The council was also borrowing hand over fist in order to facilitate the transformation of the city, so when central government introduced rate caps they were left unable to service the loans.
The introduction of an illegal budget brought the council into direct confrontation with the Thatcher government and – because of the unsustainable programmes that had markedly improved life in the city – the council had the support of the local electorate. The hope was that there would be tanks on the streets of Liverpool and this would lead to general strikes and riots nationwide but Militant badly misjudged the national political climate and support soon evaporated. 49 councillors ended up in court and the city was put into administration.
It was at about this time the scales began to drop from my eyes. I was sat in a mass meeting in a hall in Liverpool when I became aware of a pair of hand-made Italian shoes on the back of my chair. After I had noticed the shoes, I recognised the wearer…. Derek Hatton. I’d been working for nothing in a youth club and this charlatan was wearing shoes that I couldn’t afford even today – his feet up on the back of my chair. Instead of knocking his feet off, I stood up and called him an arrogant bastard and walked out.
Fast forward to the present day and the 24 hour news cycle makes such campaigns as the Liverpool campaign more difficult – but we see certain situations being used not to bring about revolution, instead used to mentally prepare us for the Marxist evolution of society. An impatient push has been replaced by a gradual wearing down of society and a focus on the youth by Marxists.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower was hijacked by Momentum (which contains many of my ex Militant colleagues) to completely shut down conversations about illegal immigration, as was the Windrush scandal. Momentum have the ears of our progressive media and seek to brainwash the proletariat into believing that our society is racist, unequal and unfair – therefore in need of radical change. It is run by a millionaire communist property dealer, who no doubt enjoys expensive Italian shoes.
The other great tentacle of the communist infiltration of western society is the pending “Climate disaster”. We’ve already had the unedifying sight of an autistic and brainwashed 16-year-old ”convincing” our Parliament that more work needs to be done to save us from ecological Armageddon. The message from the greens is that we need to stop the plebs from wasting resources and creating greenhouse gases and therefore ordinary people should go back to the stone age while the rich and privileged (Emma Thompson for example) get to jet across the globe lecturing us about our sins. To achieve this transformation would require a transfer of power from the individual to a corporatist state. The scary strategy of the Left is that in 20 years’ time automation will have created mass unemployment, the corporatist world will require fewer people so we are being encouraged not to breed and the nuclear family is being actively opposed.
You may have noticed that I’ve switched from talking about communism to corporatism and the switch is deliberate. The corporatist future model for our world is a one world government modelled on China where we have a two-tier society – we the people get to live on turnips and gruel and our philosopher kings and industrialists have all the power.
Communism has always been a cruel con trick and it’s duped millions into fighting to put themselves into chains only to end up in gulags if they complain. What starts with Utopian aspiration always ends in piles of burning bodies. When will we ever learn? When will the scales drop from the eyes of today’s blind socialists?