Is there any Left Left?

Well, is there?  Let’s hope so, otherwise things will just carry on the way they’re going for the foreseeable future until the entire welfare state is dismantled and everyone either lives in a gated mansion or on the breadline.  So in order to gather together what is left of the Left, since Milliband has proved so inept, a new movement called Left Unity is organising with a possible view to setting up a new political party.  You can sign up to register your interest here:

http://leftunity.org/

and there are groups on facebook.  For Leicester people you can find information here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/156235704541969/

There is a meeting on May 11th in London to discuss further developments so we shall see what comes out of that: the one thing I am interested in seeing is a credible, left-of-centre opposition to the current regime which does not fall into the old traps of splintering along Trotskyist-Stalinist-whatever-else-ist fault-lines.  In the interests of democracy we need a proper opposition; and even, for the sake of argument, if the situation were reversed – and all the power was on the Left (hard though that is to imagine) I would still support the need for a viable opposition.  Of such oppositions are our democracy formed, and we forget it at our peril.  Let us hope that the one accurate prophecy Thatcher made (since she was so bad at prediction) will NOT turn out to be this one: ‘the Labour Party will never die.’

So if the Left is where your heart is, sign up and support, particularly if you are an ‘ordinary’ voter with no particular axe to grind.

Bong!  In other news, I sent off some more stories and poems yesterday, though I fear I may not have researched one of them as thoroughly as I might – it seems to be a rather right-wing, libertarian US magazine:

www.fee.org

Oops!  let that be a lesson to me.  Still, if they publish my work maybe I’ll change my mind and become a right-wing libertarian myself.  I sent them three poems, one about the London 7/7 bombings – so we shall see.

The trouble is, every place you submit to suggests that you ‘study the magazine’ – and whilst this is good advice, there are only so many hours in the day and brain-cells in the old bean, with which to do this.  Nearly every week emails plonk into my in-box with lists of more outlets for my writing and if I researched them all as I should, not only would there be no time left in which to write anything, but my poor old brain would be exhausted.  Still, I should have looked further in this case…

And finally, here is a space for your thoughts about the Boston explosions.  Let us all hope and pray it does not start another ‘war on terror’…

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Kirk out

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Is there any Left Left?

  1. Rob

    The US didn’t listen in 2001 and it’s unlikely to listen this time either. Remember: all wars are economic wars. The lust for profit will drive them on. “War on Terror” is as likely a smokescreen as any.

  2. Magazines generally seem to want you to subscribe to them as well as read them, and the thing about that is that if they are going to pay you, a subscription is likely to wipe that out or cost you more than they’re paying you.

    • lizardyoga

      I know. I usually try to read examples or find as many free bits as I can, just to get an idea of what they like. I find they rarely describe in words what it is they’re looking for – though one or two do

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