[Imc-uk-features] Sheffield bus strike feature
tim_boetie at fastmail.fm
Thu Aug 19 17:00:48 PDT 2004
Sorry to be a bit behind the times with this, but another IMC-er in
Cambridge and me thought it really wasn't appropriate for the Sheffield
bus strike feature to link to this post:
Although some of the debate in the comments is worthwhile, the original
post is, I would have thought, a disruptive provocation from a scab,
rather than a sincere response to the strike. Certainly, had I seen it
before it was linked to in the feature, I would have hidden it for the
"bus drivers, who after all are largely unskilled, providing a less then
perfect bus service. How much I wonder of the frequent delays are caused
by drivers taking crafty breaks"
which is simply a snobbish attack on the strikers and their supporters.
This interpretation of the original post seems to be confirmed by the
comments from the original poster in the comments section.
I can see the value of linking to the debate, but the wording of the
feature might be seen to imply support for the _post_ rather than the
rebuttals in the comments section.
I haven't made any changes to the feature, as it is not just a UK
feature but also appears on the Sheffield page, but perhaps the wording
could be changed to make it clear that IndyMedia does not endorse this
kind of privileging of individual convenience over collective struggle?
If IMC Sheffield agree, I would be happy to make the necessary changes,
although it might be that someone on the ground in Sheffield would be
able to express the point better.
"There are very few members of the establishment press
who will defend the idea that things like aggressive
flatulence, forced feedings of swill, or even a barely-
muted hostility on the part of the candidate would
justify any kind of drastic retaliation by a professional
journalist - and certainly nothing so drastic as to
cause the Democratic front-runner to cut short a major
speech because some dangerous freak was clawing at his
legs and screaming for more gin."
-- Hunter S. Thompson
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