so somehow tunisia has been done,and egypt is quiet.nationally with a focus on the capital there is a media frenzy involing press,politicians and police.this is easier for them to mange as it is on their own territory they do not need to"see it"in the same way.
meanwhile the rest of us are not just sitting around.the struggle continues locally.
in my own community there has been activity late last week around local government plans to introduce substantial,steep parking charges on the strip of street of the shop and business community.whilst there might be a scattering of high street brands here these include franchises,and most of the rest are professionals,like lawyers and opticians or corner stores and/or family businesses.the recession has already led to the clsure of a number of shops not all of which have been occupied.some others are struggling,some indeed have probably always struggled.many provide goos and services directly to the community and represent its life blood.the loss of those shops would have significant impact.the introduction of parking charges would take the convenience out of shopping and would deprive these essentially local businnesses of their passing trade.it would alter and depress the public face of the community.it is obvious that some of those bussinesses are run by families who are also involved in our library campaign.the defeat of one could contribute to the defeat of the other.victory for one could have a similar effect on the other.
last night the council met to decide the fate of the physical site of our local library.it is clear that they want the pay off of the sale of this small chunk of real estate,not to reduce the cuts deficit but to contribute to their own prestige project of a new town hall.
whilst elected to represent our interests as a community,they care not at all that the loss of the library is not about money for this community but about a key element of its quality of life.the children of our nearest school will no longer have access to a library at all.there will be no more bright chatty crocodiles of young children passing by to visit the library and to learn informally about what makes our life and culture,rather than mere existence and wage slavery.lots of imaginations and talents will have one less spring of life to drink from.i hate the prospect of passing by what would become a building site for something for private profit.there would be no place for the old,the isolated to feel they stillconnect with the stream of life.but in the world of capitalist accounting none of this is efficient,and it counts for nothing.
so eager are the council for this little piece of destruction that their meeting to decide its possible sell off is taking place of the legal challenge in the royal courts of justice starting today,to challenge their earlier and appalling and entirely unimaginative so called public consultation.the community has raised over £11,000 in a matter of weeks towards the costs of this hearing.a victory might force the locala uthority to reconsider in total but would give us a toehold of victory to roll their arrogance backwards.a defeat in court,should not in my opinion be taken as the end of the road.for me it will represent a limit to reformist thinking and might well show up that at all stages in thsi campaign that we are not playing with at all fair odds.
i will argue that in a state that not only does not listen but acts wiuthout any mandate,then we too are realeased from any responsibility to their rules of the game.
we should take what is our back-by occupying and turning it into a campaigning base that can add to the life of our community.
in this we will need to draw the links with every other struggle in other enighbourhood.working people have a lot in common.we are not bound by arbitrary lines on maps
enough is enough.we should take back the fruits of our labour.that is not just wages but it is libraries and everything about the quality of our lives.