Opinion:NO STEWARDS – LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY (Ian Bone)
The absolute rejection of marching A-B and being saddled with speeches from Tony Benn, John McDonell and all- so beloved of STWC- has made for spontaneity and the ability for students to think on their feet and outwit the cops. Both the last two London demos have ben marked by a quick getaway at the start well before the ‘official’ launch time.
The other absolutely key factor has been the COMPLETE ABSENCE OF FUCKING STEWARDS. You know the ones beloved of SWP wearing orange bibs and holding hands or a rope policing the boundaries of the march. They are the school prefects, the future PR types with their bossy clipboards.
What purpose do they serve? Are they preventing a police attack, making sure we don’t get lost? No they are not there to keep people out but to keep people in – to prevent any acts of spontaneity, to ensure that the boredom of the officially proscribed march is adhered to, to point out trouble makers to Chief Steward – to ensure the passivity of the participants.
The student revolt has been as blissfully free of them as they are from all attempts to saddle the new movement with the old ideologies. But it will come -like the first swallow of spring the first orange bibs will be sighted enforcing ‘the agreed route’ convincing themselves its for our own good. It won’t be.
The return of the orange bibs will mark the end of the radical phase of the struggle, the re-imposition of ‘the old ways’ of A-B marches, the Leftists will have caught up with the students, they’ll know there status in struggle again. This is not inevitable comrades.
RESIST THE ORANGE BIBS – WARN OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WARN OF A KETTLE – FORWARD EVER – BACKWARD NEVER.