Defend the Cooperative Movement

The Cooperative Bank and the Cooperative movement have recently been under sustained attack through the media. The inappropriate actions of one individual as chair of the Cooperative Bank are being used by biased and cynical journalists to undermine the important principles of the whole historic cooperative movement.

The democratic principles, structures and accountability underpinning lay involvement in the cooperative movement are ridiculed and ignored whilst ‘expert professional expertise’ is the only necessary qualification being promoted.

It is not difficult to see that the next step will be to criticise and ridicule such principles in the trade union and Labour movement, with the aim of depriving working people of any democratic voice in their organisations and replacing them with so-called expert professionals who will be regarded as the only legitimate option to run them.

Activists in the cooperative movement are struggling hard to safeguard the democratic principles in the governance of the organisation and the recent resignation of the Chief Executive shows they are winning the battle, though the establishment are strongly promoting the view that the governance is out dated and ineffective. At a recent meeting an activist made it clear that a board stuffed full of lords is unacceptable. We should respect and support the struggle that is being fought to protect the cooperative movement and its democratic principles and be on our guard that the next battle site is likely to be in the trade union movement. Democratically elected General Secretaries or professional experts leading our movement???

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GMB express concern over jobs of 146,000 staff; as Walmart sell Asda to billionaire Issa brothers & a private equity company. Asda is priced at £6.8 billion, Walmart will still hold a minority stake; £4b is to be borrowed.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/02/asda-sold-to-billionaire-issa-brothers

Liberals & many on the 'left' exaggerate differences between Trump & Biden; click to see what would make a real difference.
There is no effective “freedom” in a society in which working people live in poverty & billionaires live like parasites.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10221826359541925&id=1045558919&sfnsn=scwspmo

Biden opposed moves to rebuild Afghanistan, advising a policy of fighting terrorism in the country. He also opposed withdrawal of US troops, which Trump carried out.
https://tolonews.com/afghanistan/biden’s-comments-rile-afghans-internationals

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@theworkerorguk Which international conflicts has biden spoken more violently than trump on? Evidence please.

Biden's regime will hold on to enclaves in the North East and work alongside Turkish invaders, continuing sanctions against the Syrian government. In general, Biden wants US global leadership, which he sees as being diminished by Trump's inconsistencies.
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/limited-and-constrained-the-biden-administration-and-the-prospects-of-a-syria-policy/

Arfasprout@arfasprout

@theworkerorguk Which international conflicts has biden spoken more violently than trump on? Evidence please.

Biden intends to have tighter sanctions on DPRK, and to have stricter preconditions with respect to engaging on talks. The Democrat's president also intends to strengthen an alliance against North Korea. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-biden-northkorea-analysi/biden-on-north-korea-fewer-summits-tighter-sanctions-same-standoff-idUSKBN25G2QO

Arfasprout@arfasprout

@theworkerorguk Which international conflicts has biden spoken more violently than trump on? Evidence please.

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