Monday, 10 December 2012

Three Brighton Starbucks shut in UKUncut action-but where was the Left?

Yet again UKUncut showed us how direct action is done in its campaign against corporate tax dodging. In Brighton they did not manage to occupy any shops ...because management closed them! Something of an own-goal methinks!
We leafletted outside the shops and people queued to sign the petition. UKUncut have a way of connecting with people's concerns that the organised left could learn from.
Speaking of which...where were they?
I have noticed before that UKUncut actions consist of a different set of people from the usual activists, but on Saturday (apart from a couple of Socialist Worker sellers) there was a complete absence of the Brighton Left.
Why this should be the case I don't know, and maybe it was only a Brighton phenomenon, but it seems like a missed opportunity to me.

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