It is many years since Ken Livingston left-wing reputation earned him the title of "Red Ken". Nowadays he is more likely to earn the title Sir Ken as he hobknobs with city gents and serves business interests by promoting such spectacles as the Olympics. Nevertheless he still feels bold enough to dip his toe in the pseudo-radicalism of the European Social Forum. Naturally we could not take this posturing seriously, and a simple banishing spell was enough to send him running:
THE 10 COMMANDMENT OF RESISTANCE A PIOUS MONK MUST TAKE IN ORDER TO GAIN ENLIGHTENMENT AGAINST THE ESF.
This text was not discussed and prepared over a six-month period through a series of discussions, WOMBLES meetings and open forums to decide our reaction to the European Social Forum [ESF] planned for London in October 2004"
Faced with this derision Ken was shamed into bucking out of the ESF, quaking in his shoes. In the event, rather than take his licks, Ken was replaced by Weyman Bennett, who functioned as his "whipping boy" (this phrase dates from salvery days when the master's son had an enslaved companion who would take the punishment when ever the white child was naughty). Yet like the stool pidgeon he is, Bennett has suggested that the attack was racially motivated. The National assemby Against Racism has also fingered the Wombles as being responsible.
See National Assembly Against Racism Declaration. These idiots deliberately confuse us with the Wombles to add credibility to their lies. But rather than slinging reactionary accusations of violence at us, booth NAAR and the Wombles should look towards the institutional rascism that we are all victim to in the established left and oppostitional groups in this country. A case in point is the PGA who took part in the ESF at LSE and at the BeyondESF events. We were shocked at the hierarchical organisation of the recent Peoples Global Action Conference In Belgrade and with their decision to admit fascists to future conferences. (See Jajinci Interpretation.)
The Wombles have told us that their delegates did not consent to any such decision to admit fascists to PGA conferences, despite the PGA Spokescouncil claiming to have consensus on this issue. We see the current situation with the PGA as disastruous. The spokes-council has abandonned any concept of [No Platform for Fascists]?. Further when West Essex Zapatistas organised a meeting during ESF week whilst leading PGA activists like Olivier de Marcellus and Andrej Grubacic were visiting London. Despite our invitation to discuss institutional racism and flirting with fascism, none of them attended and have consistently refused to discuss the issue. Further one of WEZ was aksed to leave a PGA-Rhythms of Resistance meeting, the reason given being our criticisms of the PGA process.
We call upon the PGA to cease all preparations for a global conference until serious proposals are put forward as to fighting institutional rascism and imperial tendencies in the PGA, and as to the inclusion of African groups in to a global conference, groups from the CIS in Europe and, along with Far East involvement, in Asia and an answer to the proposal for a continental network in North America.
West Essex Zapatista