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Young footballers speak for a generation
These young black footballers telling their truths - of mums struggling to make ends meet; of estates that feel like open prisons and the police beating you back in; of hunger, real hunger through the summer holidays, and a desperation to escape the cycle of poverty and deprivation.
Some make it out, most don't. These words are the clenched fist salutes of a generation who grew up under the spectre of the foodbanks and feel the truth of the Black Lives Matter movement.
They are doing what no Labour MP can do - use an external movement to force change. Johnson could lose on free school meals if the opposition pushed forward now. This could be a real tangible victory for hundreds of thousands of hungry children.
Black Lives Matter could chalk up a class victory, why not? The Black Panthers fed children.
They reckon the amount of hungry children could fill Wembley stadium many times over. I feel like organising a march myself.
Join the Socialist Party and fight for a way out for everyone. All our boats should rise together.
Nancy Taaffe, Waltham Forest
Beautiful mural destroyed by Blairite austerity
The Chartist mural in Newport, a beautiful 200,000 piece mosaic in memory of working-class struggle, was destroyed in October 2013. But unlike the hated Colston statue in Bristol, Newport's mural was destroyed completely legally - not by any protesters, but by Newport's Labour council.
This disgraceful act of vandalism sneakily pre-empted a planned protest to save it later that day. It was destroyed to build a new shopping centre.
The mural was built in 1978, a 35-metre wall depicting an 1839 march from the Valleys to Newport by Chartists - the world's first mass working-class movement. They rose up to demand democratic rights for the working class. The mural also depicted the moment the march was fired upon and 30 workers were massacred by the army.
The council could have saved and moved the mural. They pleaded the high cost, but the council had spent millions on the new shopping centre. I remember seeing and learning from the mural many times as a child on trips to Newport, likes generations of others.
The authorities, capitalists and defenders of statues of slave traders and racists like Churchill (who twice sent troops into South Wales and killed working class people!) scream blue murder about 'vandalism and destruction'. But in Newport in 2013, they happily destroyed a beautiful and visible expression of working-class people and struggle. In the same way they have destroyed our services.
Scott Jones, Loughton, Essex
What's this, capitalism developing a conscience? International bank Standard Chartered has expressed support for America's black community and revulsion at George Floyd's death.
But they are facing the other way over human and democratic rights in China and Hong Kong. Standard Charter has praised the national security law because "it will maintain the long-term economic and social stability of Hong Kong."
The Financial Times says these double standards are perfectly logical from a business point of view. "To make capitalism work in a more divided society, where climate change threatens the world for future generations and racism inflames large sections of the population, bosses have twigged that they must look like they care.
"Hiring the best staff and attracting decent investors will depend on it. Backing Chinese repression is less uplifting but similarly expedient."
Big business say what is necessary, to keep governments and investors onside, but don't mean a word of it. They don't care about us and won't let anything come in the way of their profits if they can help it.
Time to sweep these hypocrites aside, nationalise their companies and run them democratically in the interests of the masses.
Heather Rawling, Leicester
Ten years prison
I didn't think there was much more Labour could do that would shock. Ten years prison for vandalising a war memorial!
That's more than people get for sexual assault or manslaughter. If you are a company giving evidence at the Grenfell Tower enquiry, you get immunity from prosecution. You'd get less for hate crime and assault.
Evidently property is more important than human life.
Sue Powell, Gloucester
'Peaceably if we may, forcibly if we must'
People have been asking Bristol council to remove the statue for decades. Nothing had been done. It has now.
The Chartists had a slogan: 'Peaceably if we may, forcibly if we must.'
Removing the statues is a start. Removing racism will take longer but as the song says, we shall overcome.
Derek McMillan, Worthing
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