Saturday, 1 April 2017

Coping On The Cape

Readers of the Morning Star, viewers and listeners of George Galloway, and attendees at the Durham Miners' Gala, have known for many years about the worsening situation in South Africa, and may even have been trying to do something about it.

They, then, have the right to comment.

But those who gleefully suggest that the whole thing simply vindicates their previous support for the apartheid regime, to which the generation that is now largely running the Conservative Party (although not quite as much as it was this time last year) was devoted to the point of fanaticism, are not.

Nor, in or out of office, was Labour immune, although it chooses to forget that now.

Echoing the country's largest trade union, the call for Jacob Zuma to resign has just come from the Communist Party.

Well, of course it has. 

It was hardly going to come from the forces of his beloved neoliberal capitalism. Those forces are the problem.

That was why you had to read the Morning Star, or watch or listen to George Galloway, or attend the Durham Miners' Gala, is order to find out about the worsening situation in South Africa.


  1. Like you, I was there when they showed the film on Orgreave at the Durham Miners and the people from Marikana wept, saying that it was exactly like their own experience. It's a deep bond.

    1. Indeed. It is very telling that they were there. It is a long way from Marikana to Durham. But they came.