Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of UK Wide Day of Action

This Saturday just past, 30th Oct, approximately 30 of us blockaded Vodafone's Glasgow flagship shop on Buchanan St, keeping it closed all day on the busiest shopping day of the week.  This was part of a national day of action, in response to the budget cuts, against Vodafone who, according to Private Eye and others, are evading £6.1 billion in taxes.  For more background see http://ukuncut.wordpress.com

We did this in an ongoing effort to curtail business as usual during this time of escalating class warfare upon ordinary people by the government and business leaders.  Morale was high, and the rain stayed away right til the end!  Songs were invented and got a good response from passers-by, at least 8 of whom joined us, 4 for several hours!  We gave out the fliers from the ukuncut website.


Richard said "I was blockading Vodafone because I was disgusted at how they just dodged £6bn in taxes and I'm on incapacity benefit and I'm not sure if I will be able to afford my rent in a year's time when the benefit cuts really kick in."



I think it was the SSY who did the original Glasgow callout - and fairplay to them for not in any way branding the leaflets or banner.  This meant that those of us (I think a small majority, including a contingent of Anarchists) who are not in the SSY were able to unite with them and it certainly gave me a lot of confidence to do things with them in the future without fear that they will try to hijack it.  Instead we had a respectably sized presence of Socialists, Anarchists, Communists and others acting together on a common issue.


We arrived before 9am, and stayed til 5pm.  The shop stayed closed after we left.

Come along this Saturday, 10am, to St Enoch square to join the fun!

 

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Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By O'Bammer

Can someone please explain why anarchists are campaigning to get companies to pay more tax, does this mean we are now pro state? Surely as revolutionaries we want the state to be critically weakened and therefore should be coming out in favour of such tax dodging? I am confused...

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By Anonymous

Well done!

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By O'Bammer

But surely it would have been a tiny bit better under Labour? 

CH wrote:

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Because they were after making the same cuts and same direction of policies as the other lot, and because voting is a sham?

Anonymous wrote:

Thanks for the post, so i assume you voted labour in the election? If not why not? 

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By O'Bammer

But surely it would have been a tiny bit better under Labour? 

CH wrote:

?

Because they were after making the same cuts and same direction of policies as the other lot, and because voting is a sham?

Anonymous wrote:

Thanks for the post, so i assume you voted labour in the election? If not why not? 

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By CH

Currently, the burden of the economic mess is being forced onto ordinary people by the rich. Action taken aiming at putting the burden back onto the rich should be supported. Vodafone's tax dodging means more tax on workers, if you want to go through that narrow economic prism.

Abolition of the state isn't really on the cards at the moment. Removing those parts of it that people depend upon for survival is very much on the agenda and that has to be fought against. As does the introduction of market relations and the profit motive into areas of public good.

Anonymous wrote:

Can someone please explain why anarchists are campaigning to get companies to pay more tax, does this mean we are now pro state? Surely as revolutionaries we want the state to be critically weakened and therefore should be coming out in favour of such tax dodging? I am confused...

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By O'Bammer

Thanks for the post, so i assume you voted labour in the election? If not why not? 

CH wrote:

Currently, the burden of the economic mess is being forced onto ordinary people by the rich. Action taken aiming at putting the burden back onto the rich should be supported. Vodafone's tax dodging means more tax on workers, if you want to go through that narrow economic prism.

Abolition of the state isn't really on the cards at the moment. Removing those parts of it that people depend upon for survival is very much on the agenda and that has to be fought against. As does the introduction of market relations and the profit motive into areas of public good.

Anonymous wrote:

Can someone please explain why anarchists are campaigning to get companies to pay more tax, does this mean we are now pro state? Surely as revolutionaries we want the state to be critically weakened and therefore should be coming out in favour of such tax dodging? I am confused...

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By CH

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Because they were after making the same cuts and same direction of policies as the other lot, and because voting is a sham?

Anonymous wrote:

Thanks for the post, so i assume you voted labour in the election? If not why not? 

Re: Glasgow Flagship Vodafone Blockaded on Saturday as part of U

By Anonymous

but what about the national debt? 

CH wrote:

?

Because they were after making the same cuts and same direction of policies as the other lot, and because voting is a sham?

Anonymous wrote:

Thanks for the post, so i assume you voted labour in the election? If not why not?