|The old, unsuccessful way of doing things. Photo: Graeme Lamb|
Despite its grand title, the event at the Black-E community centre was quite poorly attended, with the attendance largely "made up of the ranks of the professional left." Absent were representatives from the city's various anti-cuts groups, who are busy fighting their own particular battles to save their own particularly favoured resources from the axe. The meetings were literally talked down to by the panel on the platform. The event had hardly been publicised, with the exception being leafletting at the local TUC's similarly-sized May Day event. This was not a recipe for the formation of an all-Liverpool anti-cuts group. Instead it was a recipe for more inter-left squabbling, and nothing concrete being decided. Read Phil's article for a blow-by-blow run-down.
|The shape of things to come in Catalonia. Photo: callafellvalo|
Whatever the immediate effect of Liverpool SolFed's call, the pattern they propose is the inevitable outgrowth of the new resistance movements, as the horizontalism of the Spanish protest camps is currently demonstrating. The task of the old, top-down trade union structure is to hold back the tide of anger as long as it possibly can.
Please read the full Liverpool SolFed proposal here, and distribute it throughout your networks.
See Graeme Lamb's write-up and images here.