August 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm #113583
Giuseppe, good to have you aboard.August 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm #113584
Let's get the show on the road.I propose that minutes for July's branch meeting are true and correct,August 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm #113585
do I have a seconder?August 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm #113586
I would second but I was not in attendance as far as I can recall.August 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm #113587
You are correct, Giuseppe. Eileen, Steve, Vin and myself were present. And it seems for the momen,t none of them are able to be here.August 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm #113588AnonymousInactive
Hi Comrades , apologies but have problems at home but I will try to pop in.August 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm #113589AnonymousInactive
Hi Comrades , apologies but have problems at home but I will try to pop in.August 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm #113590
Just as way of opening up discussion, I will be attending the TUC demo in Manchester(in my capacity of branch secretary of my union branch) in October against the Trade Union Bill. I'm willing to write a report for the branch . The Bill is of such significance that it drops all pretence of one nation Toryism and curts to the chase: class warfare pure and simple. The Tolpudle martyrs are no longer of historic interest they have become contemporaries!August 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm #113591
excuse typo, meant 'cut' not curt.A Freudian slip!August 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm #113592
I am sure I can speak for all of our branch members, when I say, yes please, GiuseppeAugust 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm #113593AnonymousInactive
As minute writer could I suggest we stick to some sort of agenda as the last meeting was almost impossible to 'Minute'.It would help if the chair indicated which topic we are discussing at any particular time and state the outcome of the discusion at the end. This does not prevent us going back to something but in an orderly way.This may not be important now but when workers start joining in their thousands it will become a problem. Don'y laugh, look at the corbyn and Brand fenom….. phino, thingimyjig.Remember comrades we are not anarchists, well some of us aren'tAugust 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm #113594AnonymousInactivenorthern light wrote:I am sure I can speak for all of our branch members, when I say, yes please, Giuseppe
here here and welcome GiuseppeAugust 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm #113595
Vin, I was sticking to the agenda. I asked for a seconder to affirm that July's minutes were in good order, but I recieved no seconder, due, I suspect, to members not being present.August 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm #113596AnonymousInactivenorthern light wrote:Vin, I was sticking to the agenda. I asked for a seconder to affirm that July's minutes were in good order, but I recieved no seconder, due, I suspect, to members not being present.
Neee excuses I was referring to the 'chair' in general and for future Anyway I will second the motionAugust 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm #113597
In keeping with the theme of 'all history being contemporary history'(EH Carr What is History)I must confess to being a fan of the Book reviews in The Socialist Standard. Two particular books stand out for me :1. Notes from the End of History- A memoir of the Left in Wales by Philip Bounds. It is both erudite and funny.He writes with warmth and empathy. I was particularly taken with his early encounters with Marxism via second hand books that had been owned by worker intellectuals.He writes thus'In my more impressionable moments I felt that their intellectual energy still hovered in the air.' This struck an immediate chord with me and leads onto to 2.England Arise – A Play By Mick Martin – The story of the consientious objectors of the first world war and the women who supported them. It is based on the book Comrades in Conscience by Cyril Pearce, a study of the conscientious objector movement in my home town Huddersfield. One might take the view that I have experienced Jung's synchronicty in that the central character in the play Arthur Gardiner has reached out(metaphorically speaking)to me in corporeal form : I have a Plebs League Text book in economics with his signature in it.I checked it with an illustration in Comrades in Conscience. No doubt it is our old comrade 'coincidence' at work but is illustrative of Carr's dictum. The past definitely bleeds into the present.
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