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Pete Glatter & Vic Richards

Make MPs Useful

(February 1972)

From Letters, Socialist Worker, 12 February 1972, p. 10.
Kindly provided by Ian Birchall.
Marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Last week a miner was killed on picket duty and many more were arrested. The scabs and the police have shown how far they are prepared to go. Pickets will now have to use all their resources to win.

One of these resources could be Labour MPs from mining areas. A few turned up at Battersea Power station in London last week.

But that was basically a publicity stunt. They could be made to perform a unique function – with a bit of pressure, perhaps.

The police and scabs will have to think twice about harassing them, so the whole picket will benefit. Miners’ MPs should be made to man as many picket lines as possible – and stay there. Miners should use the coming lobby of parliament to make the left MPs fight.

Stand your MP on the line in front of a scab lorry – and see what happens.


Richmond, Surrey

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