Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's just not cricket!

This is hilarious.

If there was ever a case where the Daily Fail earns its nickname, this article must be it.

Daily Mail journalists Kate Loveys and Eleanor Harding - got to give them a namecheck in the hope they google their own names - sex up the threat of the tomorrow's impending student walkouts with the revelation that the ICC ARE INVOLVED!!!! (An exclamation mark for each member of the ICC.)

Yep, Eleanor and/or Kate must have attended a recent student organising event in London, picked up an ICC leaflet and decided to run with the red scare story that impressionable students with legitimate concerns are being manipulated by a shadowy organisation with links to the historical bunfight that was Paris '68. Suburban parents choke on their morning cornflakes as they discover that Tarquin and Jemima's strings are being pulled by an organisation called International - that must mean swarthy foreigners are involved - Communist - a sealed train is travelling down to Esher and it's Bordiga on board - Current - it's happening NOW!!!!

In response, the ICC cancel cadre activity for tomorrow. They have to now totally rewrite December's World Revolution to include a four page response to this attack by the bourgeois press; call an international plenum - make sure to send out an invite to that bloke in Venezuela and to their pole of regroupment in East Asia - to discuss the burning question of whether or not having a picture to accompany the article is a concession to Centrism; and, finally, issue a complaint to both the PCC - this lot, not that lot - and the National Union Students for Aaron Porter's suggestion in the article that students are "‘aligning themselves with anarchists’.

The ICC's complaint will be turned down by the Press Complaints Commission's chair, Baroness Buscombe, whose pithy response will be, 'If you will insist on sniffing around the Anarchist Bookfair year after year after year, you can't really complain when people mistake you for members of the Solidarity Federation.'

Hat tip to Tendance Coatesy, who got the story from Entdinglichung.

18 comments:

robert said...

Fecking heck! The C.W.O. will be mightily pissed off!
The Icy Sea seem to be getting quite chatty-pally with some anarchos these days, so a tired rapid scan of LibCom tells me, and they attend a 'Class Struggle' forum in Manchester together.
Ah well, all Power to the I.C.C.

Darren said...

We're only jealous. ;-)

Saying that, I could swear that the SPGB were mentioned in the Daily Star back in the mid eighties. I could be wrong . . . .

stuart said...

Brilliant. But there's no way the bourgeois press would have dared give free PR to a genuine proletarian organisation. The bourgeoisie must therefore be deliberately trying to channel proletarian anger into the historical dead-end of ICC politics and turn it into the leftwing of capitalism, thereby saving the system from its own crisis. Proof positive that the parasitic ICC is no longer of the proletarian milieu....

Darren said...

I like your thinking on this matter.

Will you forward your comment to the CWO, or shall I?

stuart said...

Only joking, of course the ICC is The Vanguard of the working class. I'm currently ten years into their application process for membership, and only joined the SPGB as a stop-gap measure.

Darren said...

"Only joking . . "

Joking? That's you already failed the personality test for the ICC.

stuart said...

Careful. World Revolution's six-page article on the Daily Mail will have to be postponed for a thorough critique of this blog if you're not careful....

Darren said...

I'm sure the ICC's line is that blogs are petty bourgeois and individualistic.

Actually, now that I think about it, isn't that the SPGB's line as well?

stuart said...

Probably, but it tolerates them anyway – how petty bourgeois and individualistic!

Darren said...

Not like the old days. WIn this pre-revolutionary times, we need a dose of ACG to provide backbone.

stuart said...

Yes, we could do with a round of mass expulsions, we're getting too big. Spotted any heresies recently?

Darren said...

I understand that the unofficial Socialist Standard on MySpace has been known to express an interest in music.

The bastard behind that page should be expelled for starters.

stuart said...

Yes, he's gone. And who's writing the editorials for the Standard these days? Get rid of that tosser too.

Darren said...

"And who's writing the editorials for the Standard these days?"

Is that the bastard who's getting punters over at Ian Bone's blog excited?

Yeah, kick him to the kerb.

stuart said...

"... the venerable Socialist Standard". I liked that!

Darren said...

I bet it was a misprint.

stuart said...

You mean they mispelt 'execrable'? Typical anarchists.

Andrew Coates said...

I thought it was hilarious anyway - I have actually met the french ICC.

They are happiest translating their currents documents from Spanish.

Apart from that....