“Platforms have a crucial role in the culture and history of our movement. Was it not an anarchist platform that tripped a Tory MP to an early grave underneath Stephenson’s Rocket, a clear warning to that the Industrial Revolution would be built not only on the blood of the workers but of the Establishment too? [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Huskisson]
Platorms can take us to so many places, so many possibilities, even magical destinations. Every journey must start somewhere, and platforms are uniquely qualified to signpost us wayfarers to our destinations. We may not even know where we are going until we get on to the station and see the platforms!
But some stations are not suited for us. Clearly, a station with one platform is either a guaranteed congested rush, designed to start work 30 feet underground or is located in the obscure, inaccessible countryside. We do not want this. Conversely, a station with an alluvial urban jungle of platforms but no trains is a nightmarish Waiting For Virgin Trains Beckett play in which two earnest lefties discuss the revolution and end up on the tracks waiting for a train that never arrives.
Some stations are just plain surreal. Can you imagine going to the station to find that platform 4 to Twickenham has been seperated into 5 seperate parallel tracks and that platform 6 has been relocated to Denmark? It might be funny as an April Fools’ joke but not as a day-to-day reality. Not all platforms and stations are appropriate for the journeys at hand.
We believe that the Platforms in Left Unity are useful as an indicator of our group’s beliefs and persuations. We note the serious nature of the other platforms, as if the a battle is being fought to death. We think the battle for the founding conference should not be a battle at all! Though the meeting will determine the nature of the party, we shouldn’t treat it as a ‘contest’ to be ‘won’. This encourages the idea that everyone who is unhappy with some aspect with our constitution should leave as a defeated, unwanted loser.
Platform 9 3/4 stands for a happy approach to the platform debate. We want people to be happy with the outcome whatever it is. How crap would it be if Ron and Hermione had a falling-out and demanded Hogwarts create a seperate railway line for half-bloods and ‘true’ wizards? Who will stand up today and say segregation is a good thing? Surely we have learnt that just because we might disagree on something we don’t have to go to war. Even Colonel Blimp didn’t advocate war with America because they don’t have a stiff-upper lip.
As Scatman John once said, how can someone win if winning means that someone loses? We must remember we are all on the same journey. Instead of making more parallel tracks, let’s improve the line and build bigger trains. The destination is important, but the journey will be the day-to-day reality in our long-term project.
Let’s enjoy the ride.
A victory for one is a loss for all.
10 Point Plan for Liberation and Happiness
1) No creation of seperate lines, even if the train is the wrong colour or someone said you smell.
2) Upgrade the line for all fellow-travellers!
3) No pushing! We don’t tolerate pushing at the swimming pool and we won’t here either.
4) Expect long journeys. Free water will be provided but you might need to chip in to keep the air con going.
5) Abolishment of second-class carriages. We’re all first-class!
6) Freedom for House Elves (suggested by Dobby).
7) Feel free to chat to the person next to you – even if they have headphones on.
8) Abolition of all talent agencies (to prevent the aristocrats).
9) No smoking, unless I can have a toke as well.
10) There ain’t no gettin’ off of this train we on!”
We are sorry to announce the 1921 train to Kronstadt has been cancelled.
Carlus Hudson, Andrew Duncan, Anya-Nicole Darr, Michael Wayne, Dave Parks, Tim Powell, Chris Marsh, Eamonn Custance [Convenor], Kim Chenoweth, John Collingwood, Chris Vincent.
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Mon 23 Sept 11.00-12.30
Remain, reform, revolt: In and against Europe
In Brighton. What does changing Europe mean? What can a left movement – in and out of government – do about democratic reform, the environment, migration, and workers’ rights? Part of The World Transformed 2019 programme.
September and October
Remain Reform Revolt, public meetings
In Southampton, Manchester, Cambridge, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sunderland. Organised by Another Europe Is Possible and with a great lineup.
More info here.
Global Climate Strike
Global climate strikes and a week of actions to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.
Sun 29 Sept, 12.00-16.00
Shut Down The Tories – Protest the Tory Party Conference
They shut down Parliament – now we need to shut down the Tories. Be in Manchester to demonstrate.
European Forum, Brussels
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