Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the numbers game

The SWP have become notorious for their habit, ever since the huge anti war demo of 2003, of seeing the validity and success of anything by how many people turn out. This has led to the repeated declaration of "this is the largest demonstration ever!" from podiums in front of rapidly and visibly diminishing crowds.
The SWP meanwhile have managed to alienate a large element of their previous audience; first through their vain pursuit of an electoral breakthrough and their courting of Muslems as a new oppressed who could be dragooned to provide a voting block. Then by rowwing with their new saviour the stalinist thug and all round lover of dictators, George Galloway they managed to alienate those (very few) who had been attracted by RESPECT.
I suppose that I am the only person in the world who still bothers to look at the SWP's rump respect website, renamed repeatedly but currently called "The Left Alternative". I was very interested to read about something that the rest of us had managed to miss:

Thousands join Unite Against Fascism demo
Up to 10,000,000 anti-fascist protestors took to the streets on Saturday as part of a demonstration, organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR), against the British National Party. The demo was organised in protest against the BNP presence on the London Assembly and their electoral gains in the May elections this year.

Thats right, 10 million marched through London!
Fucking fantasists!

now you might say that anyone might make a typo, but to have one of that size on the front page of your site for nearly a year without anyone noticing, or caring.

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