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article imageOp-Ed: Fighting the cuts, and exploiting them

By Alexander Baron     May 25, 2013 in Politics
London - The London Fire Brigade is campaigning against a massive round of closures and redundancies. Others have joined in the fight, but not all have the same pure motives.
The two leaflets below were picked up in Catford, which is in Lewisham, one of London's most deprived boroughs. The facts and figures given in the Save Downham Fire Station leaflet are undoubtedly true. A fire engine is like an umbrella, it's something we have in reserve but hope we never need. If you get stuck in the rain without an umbrella, you'll get wet. If you're a fire engine or a fire station short, the consequences can be far more dire, but by the time you realise your mistake, it will be too late.
Anyone who thinks otherwise should think too of the 1957 Lewisham train crash, which is of course of particular relevance, and of the recent helicopter crash at Vauxhall.
The other leaflet is a flyer for the lunatic Workers Revolutionary Party. Their demands are more comprehensive, including calling a general strike to bring down the government. Check out their website, especially the About Us page: "We are the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, founded by Leon Trotsky. We are Marxists and fight for the principles founded by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky."
If Karl Marx is just a name to you, check out this short introduction. Engels was even sillier, although Lenin was nothing to laugh about. This party worships at the shrine of Leon Trotsky though, so you would expect to find something there about the great man, his shooting workers "like ducks in a pond", perhaps. Or maybe his bankrolling by Wall Street. Keep looking. Don't bother asking the comrades about this either, because they'll simply change the subject.
On top of all that, none of these self-professed champions of the working class were actually workers. Marx was a journalist of sorts, and appears never to have done a day's work in his life; Engels was a drop out, but fortunately he was born into a wealth family, as were both Lenin and Trotsky. Heck, you wouldn't expect the rabble to lead the revolution, would you?
It is true that many countries, including the UK, are facing severe problems due to the banks, and it is there the solution lies, but neither the WRP nor any of their loony friends on the left has either the solution or any real idea of what is the actual problem.
Only financial reform can put us back on track, and that is not what they are selling.
A leaflet produced by the Fire Brigades Union.
A leaflet produced by the Fire Brigades Union.
A leaflet produced by the loony Workers Revolutionary Party.
A leaflet produced by the loony Workers Revolutionary Party.
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