26 August 2009
Climate Camps do play a positive role
What the climate camp movement is essentially about is holding festivals of opposition. Two things make the movement particularly important.
The first is the failure of New Labour’s market fundamentalism. In addition to supporting the commercial destruction of the environment, Blair and Brown have created the most unequal society in Britain since 1945; a society characterised by mass unemployment, poverty and hopelessness.
Second, there has been a collapse of political activity across the country. The Labour Party itself has been de-democratised and has emptied of activists. No mass movements for progress exist, and we have today a police force that regards any political activity against the status quo as a criminal activity.
If the climate clamp plays any role in drawing attention to these deficiencies, it is well worth it.