"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

Why NCAG Have Pulled Out Of The Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts.


With immediate effect Norfolk Community Action Group withdraw our affiliation with Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts.

From the outset NCAG has had to deal with some fairly ridiculous manoeuvres by elements within the local coalition.

To start with our email sent to actually affiliate with the group that claims ownership of the struggle against the current governments cuts in Norfolk was taken before the steering group in order for us to be allowed to join. We were then summoned before said steering group to answer questions on our position on multiculturalism, in itself a laughable course of events.

While trying to educate some lefty elements within the steering group about the logic of multiculturalism and it being anything BUT progressive and inclusive, it was clear that some people just can’t get past reading socialist texts of the 1900’s. Our stated support of an open borders policy in conjunction with our opposition to multiculturalism appeared to do little more than confuse, so from the beginning we were well aware what we were up against.

However as fighting these ideological cuts we see as imperative we were willing to try and show solidarity and go ahead with affiliation once approved.

This has been a mistake on our part.

Absolutely nothing has changed on the left. The coalition is made up of the same tired old faces from struggles past who see fighting back as a march down the road and dragging out the same worn out octogenarians to speak, however well respected they are, as adequate action in fighting back against the cuts. Leaflets, marches, speeches, petitions, hidden left caucuses within the coalition…all symptomatic of a politics with very little direction not even attempting to move forward.

But let’s deal with the reality here. Most members leading the coalition are from a Labour trade union left and assorted Trot organisations who are oblivious to the fact that they are part and parcel of why the Labour Party were not returned to power at the last election. They, and the Labour Party, simply no longer have anything in common with the working class of our society. What’s more many still think they live in the 1970’s, but in reality trade union membership makes up for only around 26% of workers in Britain today.

There are those too who simply are not concerned with the likes of people living on council estates or the majority non unionised workers in society, precisely the reason they have nothing to offer a progressive fight back against these cuts.

It was not the unions who were instrumental in  bringing down the Poll Tax and Thatcher, but the hard work and dedication of those willing to get their hands dirty by agitating within the general populace and building a mass movement within the working class. And let’s face it, the Labour Party and TUC are not opposed to the cuts, they just want nicer ones.

Bottom line, most are simply interested in getting the Labour Party re-elected to power.

While there are those individuals within the coalition we have much respect for, and while we still see the trade unions as being important to any successful fightback, it is the rank and file members and unheard voices in society that are the real key to winning this struggle, and not the bureaucrats, careerists and leaders who’ll win it.

We return to working within the communities of our region and leave the Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts to do whatever it thinks it’s doing by agreeing to two minute marches with the police and spending all it’s time preaching to the already converted.

After all, it is the cuts we’re fighting isn’t it, not seeking the re-election of the Labour Party…

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4 responses

  1. Adedayo

    Anarchists have no place working with reformists, glad you left.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  2. Rick Dutton

    It’s not just anarchists in NCAG mate, and anarchists simply pissing from the outside in never attracted me much. It’s preferable pissing from the inside out, if you catch my flow?

    January 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  3. vic

    its not just that , it is also the blatant rudeness dishonest and bullying attitude of certain members , we cannot work with these people without damaging our credibility , they are stuck in an ideological culdisac of stalinist 1970s student politics , failures and parasites looking for a host to feed of and controle , all we need to do is plan our next move

    January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

  4. Rick Dutton

    “The low turnout happened due to little publicity…”

    From comments http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/cuts_protests_held_in_norwich_1_775543

    January 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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