Month: August 2016 (Page 2 of 2)

“Black Lives Matters have also ideologically expanded”: Chat with Robbie Travers

In case you’re not aware, Black Lives Matters UK had an entire day of protest, blocking traffic to London’s Heathrow, and Birmingham airports, and blocking Nottingham city center. It was the day of mayhem, and many holiday goers were livid that they missed their flight.

To put it in a statistically significant percentage, the number of black people killed by police violence in UK is in single digits, however, facts never deterred militant protest movements anyway. With the increasing militancy in UK left, from Momentum, to Socialist Worker’s Party entryism, to BLM, it is inevitable that an 1980s style crackdown will be launched. One might remember, that same thing happened, in both UK and US, when peaceful civil rights movements, or unions, gave way to militancy, and essentially destroyed the broad public support which led to them being crushed by “law and order” supporting candidates on both sides of the pond.12188595_10206147899191049_1123209179_n

Do we see a repeat of that after 40 odd years?

In light of that hypothesis, I chatted with Robbie Travers, self-declared “Arch Blairite”, old fashioned New Labour, and the Executive Director of The Agorans, who incidentally got his FB post blocked, as he criticised BLM militancy.

Here’s the excerpt. 

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The curious case of Ladislav Basternak

After spending a recent year in Italy and stopping in the UK on the way back, the long journey to Slovakia necessarily felt a bit anxious. Not only that there would be a lot of studying for the upcoming final state exam, together with all PhD applications and job/internship search; I have been also particularly curious about the state I will find my homeland in.

This summer, Slovakia has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Slovak representatives have started to unusually frequently inflect the adjective ´democratic´ in relation to the country. As if there´s the need to convince domestic and foreign publics of the nature of the Central European state. I am always suspicious when statesmen suddenly come to stress and overemphasize a single issue. And I have had a nagging feeling that instead of comforting increasingly distrustful Slovak citizens, leading politicians have rather been reassuring themselves of persistently democratic character of the Slovak Republic. Or, they have been painstakingly trying to conceal a maturing bummer. It would be a shame if a large- scale scandal in the Slovakia´s domestic politics breaks out right during the Council Presidency. Such an instance would deal a major blow to the country´s prestige and could even lead to a fragmentation of coalition. The growing incidence of and frequency with which the collocation ´democratic- Slovakia´ appears in the media recently calls for further investigation.

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