WE BELIEVE it was the late, great Gerry Rafferty that wrote “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am………”
That is how, young (here comes the cliche) left wing firebrand, Ockendon councillor Aaron Kiely must feel after a fellow left wing student has branded him a disgrace for apologising after tweets he made during last months riots made reference to police oppression.
Writing for WorkersLiberty.org, the distinctly proletarian-sounding Daniel Lemberger Cooper, Royal Holloway students union president
Mr Lemberger states: “AWL has no illusions about the riots. Nonetheless, we hope we do not to need to explain what is wrong with a self-styled left-winger condemning rioters as criminals and praising the police. Kiely’s comments are particularly disgraceful after the experience of police repression against student protesters (at the time this was published, a member of the NCAFC National Committee was in prison for a protest at the Lib Dems’ conference) and in the context of vicious class-hate judges flinging hundreds of young working-class people in jail for trivial riot-connected offences. Some student activists have also suffered this fate.
(We hope that no one will fall for the argument that Labour councillors have no choice but to behave like this. Unlike Kiely, some other Labour councillors were elected on a clear class-struggle/anticuts ticket and would never speak out in support of the police.)
“We call on Student Broad Left, which has so far maintained a stony silence, to condemn Kiely’s comments and hold him to account. Beyond that, however, there is a wider issue here for the student left.”
We won’t ask cllr Kiely for a comment. The arguments have moved on but perhaps the extreme left wing haven’t. Venceremos.