Tolpuddle Thoughts Part 2: The Politics


wobbliesThe marquee at Tolpuddle is a veritable hotbed of sedition. For example, on one side of the tent you will be presented with the banner of the British branch of the Wobblies – the ‘Industrial Workers of the World’ – who are surely little more than an anarcho-syndicalist historical reenactment society. On the other side you will find the stall for the ‘Troops Out Movement – Self-Determination for the Irish People’.

I’m not going to link to the ‘Troops Out Movement’ website. At the top of the site is the suspect claim that “everything posted here is 100% factual”. I could find no condemnations of Republican violence and terrorism and no acknoweldgement that the majority of people in Northern Ireland wish to remain part of the UK.

Other unpleasant politico-mentalism was to be found in the July edition of Workers, the journal of the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), which was being handed out for free in the marquee. Here is a list of things that anger all six members of the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist):

  • When people confuse them with the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist).
  • When people confuse them with the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist).
  • When asylum seekers come to the UK.

I’m being serious. Those other far-left sects also exist. Presumably when these sorts of people watch the famous Life of Brian splitters scene they do not find it all amusing but nod seriously in agreement with the People’s Front of Judea expressing their distaste for the Popular Front of Judea. The CPB(M-L) is distinguished by its initial ideological love of Maoism in the 1960s, then an infatuation with Albanian communism in the ’70s, and finally infuriation at Gorbachev’s reforms in the USSR in the ’80s.

Since they don’t have so many communist regimes to get excited about these days they weirdly seem to have focused their attention on criticising international migration. Their hatred of asylum seekers can be found within the pages of  Workers. In an article on refugees, the CPB(M-L) writes:

“The increase of migration and asylum seeking has made this a recurring theme in the pages of Workers, where we have argued that workers should fight where they are. Instead of claiming persecution in their own country and finding a way to travel half way around the world to get to Europe, or specifically Britain, they should stay and fight their own class enemy or rebuild their country”.

Elsewhere in the rag the CPB(M-L) expresses disgust at the proposal to grant amnesty to illegal migrants working in London, as this will just encourage more to come to the UK. Lovely stuff. If it wasn’t for their occasional references to Marxism being a good thing, I’m not sure it would always be easy to tell their views apart from those of the BNP.

Another publication being distributed at the festival was a print-out of the Workers’ Daily Internet Edition – the Daily On Line Newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist). REMEMBER NOT TO MIX THEM UP WITH THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BRITAIN (MARXIST-LENINIST)!!

The Workers’ Daily was pretty dull, to be honest. It was simply two sides of A4 filled up with the author’s thoughts on how capitalism is nasty and how communism will be nice. I hardly had the patience to read through it once, so I can barely imagine any human being wanting to read the Workers’ Daily every day, and yet the paper confidently announces to readers that a year’s subscription would cost them only £36.95!

The Workers’ Daily I was given ends with the following not especially rousing statements:

No to Monopoloy Dictate!

No to the Wrecking of the Social Economy!

There is a Way Out of the Crisis!

Stop Paying the Rich! Increase Investments in Social Programmes!

For a Pro-Social Programme for the National Economy!

To be fair it was not only minor commie parties and moonbat political campaigns that could be found at Tolpuddle. Workers from the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight were asking people to sign a petition opposing its planned closure. 

One of the workers told me that they were planning to occupy the factory this week if they weren’t given assurances that it would stay open, and they have indeed organised a sit-in that has hit the headlines in recent days. Here is their blog.

It seems ridiculous that this factory should be allowed to close due to lack of demand for wind turbines when the government has committed itself to providing green jobs and investing in renewable energy sources. A bit of state intervention here would not go amiss, as far as I can see.

Yes to Ed Miliband going to speak to the Vestas workers!

Yes to maintaining much-needed skilled jobs by building wind turbines all over Tory constituencies!

Yes to using all the hot air generated in the Tolpuddle marquee to power some wind turbines and thus save the Vestas jobs!

Seriously though, good luck to them.


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2 Responses to “Tolpuddle Thoughts Part 2: The Politics”

  1. Gabriel Mejia Says:


    I was wondering if you could send me the full picture of the Vestas Wind for a project im writing for the University. Its a great one, hiwever I need it complete.
    Best Regards


  2. captainjako Says:

    Got it off the internet somewhere, soz!

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