Sunday, 12 October 2008

Derek Wall comments on the Socialist Unity site

Derek Wall has published a comment on the site Socialist Unity, with some praise and some criticism, of Ken Livingstone's article in Comment is Free and Socialist Economic Bulletin on the nationalisation of failing banks. Readers can find it, with comments, here.

4 comments:

Derek Wall said...

Dear friends,

thanks for blogging my very short and very light entry, do take a look at the work of my friends at the corner house http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/summary.shtml?x=562658

who have produced a detailed analysis of the present crisis and some pointers for political action, it is a very important document in my view

Alun Griffiths said...

Socialist Unity, Socialist Action, Corner house; ken >livingstone, Jonathon Ross, Michael Edwards etc etc ... who cares what who says something as long as it takes us nearere to the "answer" Que faire" What shall we do?

mark anthony france said...

Alun.."What Shall we do"...well I suspect that most people are still a little shellshocked... They way forward interestingly enough didn't come from any 'socialist' current but from the coalition that organised the Demostration on Child Poverty on 4th of October.
Omar Salem is right to say this action was probably "ahead of it's time"...
A focus on the needs of the most vulnerable in this crisis and mass mobilisations to push for more radical government intervention could begin to empower those who have been marginalised for the past generation and allow them to take centre stage.

mark anthony france said...

Alun.... 'What Shall we do?' I suspect that the speed and depth of the current crisis leaves many folk disoreintated... the way forward in shown by the Child Poverty Demo on 4th October. I agree with Omar Salem from Compass that this event 'was ahead of its time'....
I feel that in the current environment that the Trade Unions can play a massive role in initiating along with other's mass popular mobilisations.. to protect the most popular by making demands on the government to carry out radical actions... ie Tax the Super Rich, Scrap Trident Replacement, etc. The trade unions can maintain the membership status of people who loss their jobs and take steps to reinvigorate structures to encourage active participation by people who are been adversely affected by the crisis.