Archive for November, 2013
Petition site Avaaz are running asking people to condemn Universities UK’s statement on sex segregation in events held on campus. Please DON’T sign it. It might use intellectual language, but its both factually dubious and distinctly Islamphobic.
So today Polly Toynbee saw fit to tell us that, absent decent rioting, young people “better declare an intention to vote with a vengeance”. The rest of the article, containing some non-horrifying policy points that Labour should take up, aside, there are two major issues here that need unpacking: Voter deregistration or elimination and the perceived democratic deficit.
Prefiguration means making something into “an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come”. For a campaign group, it means taking on the values and culture of the world we want to live in, ensuring that values like equality are visible in the way we work. Surprisingly, this isn’t an attitude we can take for granted, as, sadly, many groups still see it as an unnecessary burden, getting in the way of ‘the real work’.
This post is not intended to connect up with the Russell Brand discussion. Its an explanation of the strategy I’m pursuing with my involvement in the People’s Assembly as much as anything. It is largely born out of arguments with, and discussions about, people involved in the various ‘New Worker’s Parties’ like TUSC, Left Unity and so forth.