Wednesday, February 14, 2007

John McDonnell Meeting in Norwich

Please see below report from Daniel Morley SYN member.

Massive John McDonnell Meeting in Norwich

An unprecedented turnout of 100+ students and trade unionists welcomed John McDonnell to Norwich and UEA on an otherwise dreary Friday evening on 9th February, rewarding and surprising in equal measure the weeks of hard work from students to promote the event and campaign.

The large turnout from what is an extremely ‘depoliticised’ campus bearing a dearth of socialist ideas and consciousness clearly demonstrated that not only are the youth not apathetic and resolutely opposed to all things Labour Party, but that the only way to effectively move students politically is in reference to the labour movement, and that the only way to renew the labour party is through the left wing.

The meeting had long been planned since the conception of John’s campaign for leadership in the summer. A term of consistent work by members of the newly formed UEA Socialist Society and Socialist Youth Network has slowly raised the banner and ideas of socialism and John’s campaign.

The hard work has evidently paid off, particularly in the two weeks of flyering preceding the meeting, and has hopefully led to a raising of profile and reputation of not only socialism but the Socialist Youth Network.

A series of meetings on John McDonnell, the Labour Movement and a resolution in the student union council formed the run up to John’s appearance itself.John was only able to speak to students for an hour as he had to rush off to another meeting at the local Labour Party, which was also highly successful. John outlined the background to his campaign, the history of New Labour and how this was consistently alienating Labour’s support base, highlighting the fear that the party is sleepwalking into another Tory government.

He also spoke of policies such as nationalisation under workers control. The key topic addressed by members of the audience in both meetings was over how to actually mobilise support for a socialist campaign.
John responded by saying that the social base was there, and that our task was to bring in those groups that Blairism has consistently alienated, i.e. the trade unionists, public sector workers and working class as a whole, especially the un-unionised immigrant workers.

Only through organising an effective grass roots working class campaign can we force the media to pay any attention to his campaign.The massive turnout, especially from the youth, and the campaign to get people to join the party to vote for John highlights the fact that the only way to reinvigorate the party is through socialism and the rank and file movement.
While the Labour Party Blairites and Tories and Liberals hold their meetings behind closed doors, terrified of openly taking their campaigns and ideas and testing them against the mood of the public in open meetings, the socialists emphatically and confidently build for large open, public meetings as a means of discussion and to bring ordinary people into our campaigns.

Imagine Brown touring the country, hosting huge meetings on the platform of a progressive, confident and positive campaign to bring the masses into the party to vote for his campaign. It would never happen!

We must continue to build on the grass roots success of such meetings and bring as many ordinary and working class people into the party on the basis of John’s campaign.
We will be manning a stall in Norwich town centre on Saturday 17th February to meet even more people.
The reinvigoration of the Labour Party is only achievable on the basis of socialist ideas! Participation in politics and society is only achievable through socialism!

7 comments:

guido's executioner said...

Guido Fawkes may be arrested. He is a spineless little maggot. I hope he goes down. This amoral cretin is an affront to democracy.

Lock him up and throw away the key!

I urge all progressives to unmask this weasel for the neo-Fascist thug that he is. The liar needs taking down a peg or two ...

keep left said...

you are so right.I had the misfortune to attend a Harriet Harman event in the hope we would be able to challenge her. No, it was the usual "chat" ie Minister swanning about being nice and nodding politely and not listening to a word. They's scared of the arguemnts , scared of open debate. And rattled .....Keep at it, SYN.!

Anonymous said...

imagine a labour party under the leadership of John McDonnel, what would it be like.

honest answer is sitting on the opposition benches as it would get stuffed because the country didnt want the policies he is advocating when the party stood on them in the past what really makes people think the country has changed that much.

If you really want labour to stay in power and to keep the tories out then their is only one choice and it isnt John Mcdonnell

Mike said...

Why is it that the right can never spell or write a coherent sentence? This bears all the hallmarks of typing before you think, or more likely not bothering to think at all.

I'm genuninely worried about the creeping advance of this incoherent commenting tendency. It used to be confined to Daily Mail readers and racists who left offensive comments on the BBC website. Now it seems to have infected the right wing of our own party. How much further must it go before we take action against it?

Anonymous said...

If we were permitted to comment under our own names perhaps things would be different.

John McDonnell does not believe in freedom of speech. He is the most offensive politician on the planet. A disgusting, incoherent nobody.

Mike said...

Q.E.D.

ian said...

Anon said
'imagine a labour party under the leadership of John McDonnel, what would it be like.

honest answer is sitting on the opposition benches as it would get stuffed because the country didnt want the policies he is advocating when the party stood on them in the past what really makes people think the country has changed that much.

If you really want labour to stay in power and to keep the tories out then their is only one choice and it isnt John Mcdonnell

Imagine a LP so obsessed with power that they replicate the Tories in order to please the Murdoch press who hold far more weight on 'new labour, than its own members?

When are people like Anon going to wake up and see that a continuation of the course of Brown /Blairs failing policies would lead to a Cameron government?

We want a debate.