17 thoughts on “Rotherham Respect meets to launch their manifesto

  1. Is Galloway’s speech going to be put on-line?
    Did many people turn up on this foul night?
    I didn’t but that’s because of my antipathy to Galloway.

    It’s a pretty good manifesto to fight on!

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  2. I was at the meeting yesterday, it was a very good show. The audience turnout wasn’t brilliant, but it was horrible weather & probably could have been advertised better. There were some excellent, genuine speeches made by the respect members. Tom from Rotherham Against Cuts put some very good points forward. I think the RACs & Respect go well together. George Galloway’s speech was brilliant as always. I have put a link on here to see the speech by him. The event was presented very well by the host too. Overall well done to the Respect team.

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    • I was at the meeting to, There must have been about 60 people. Not a bad turn out considering the awful weather. I thought Respect team in Rotherham were Excellent,extremely ambitious they had some good speakers.
      All I can say is do not underestimate the Respect Party in Rotherham.
      They are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
      George Galloway was absolutely excellent.

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    • I was there.
      Excellent meeting with equally excellent speakers.
      Around 50 to 60 people but that understandable given the gale force winds and rain.
      Very professionally organised.
      I was especially impressed by George Galloway who often gets a lot of stick from the media but what a legend he is. Never met him before but i think he is worth 10 of any other so called MPs. Bradford is everso lucky to have him.
      Also equally inspiring was Mr Galloways colleague Arshad Ali who spoke with great passion and had a wonderful sense of humour. I wanted to shake his hand but missed out. Maybe next time. GG and Mr Ali make a great team and are Respects biggest assets.
      Im joining and fully supporting Respect in Rotherham
      Well done.

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      • I felt all the speakers, spoke from there heart. What they were saying came from deep down.
        I am a Supporter of the Respect Party. Now I will be joining them in there Fight for PEACE/JUSTICE/EQUALITY.

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  3. well said George Galloway MP
    George Galloway was giving good points I agree with and I will be supporting this party in Rotherham, as George is talking sense in what he is saying.

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  4. As a TUSC councillor I wish respect well in next years local elections. They have every reason to be optimistic, the people of Rotherham are sick of the failing local labour party. And bucking the national trend the people of Rotherham want a left wing alternative, I feel my victory in the Maltby Town Counci by-election (over labours candidate for Hellaby next year) shows this. I hope there will be many strong left candidates next year from TUSC, respect and strong independants such as rev simon copley. I feel respect have a great chance in rotherham west, I also believe the good rev could worry any labour councillor. And I have already beaten Jeanette Mallinder once, I’m pretty sure I can do it again…

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    • Thank u for the support @Joe Robinson, i agree, we do need an alternative as people are fed up with the government and as citizens of rotherham it is vital that we all come together and work collectively in order to build a better future for the people of rotherham.

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    • Thanks Joe for your endorsement. Watch this space! I have just read Russell Brand’s “rant” in the new statesman and he says there is no organised left alternative to BNP, EDL and UKIP etc (I include the three right-wing main parties in that “etc”!). Well I think there is an alternative but it tends to be free-flowing therefore somewhat fragmentary but that doesn’t mean to say it’s incoherent. In fact it is better able to be flexible to what is needed and able to listen, debate, respond and represent. It is also able to better self-reflect because it doesn’t toe a party line or answer to lobbyists and big business who are subverting our political will and prostituting parliament which should protect the rights and act on behalf of the people. So we keep close to a moral/ethical compass, hopefully. Parliament has abrogated its position of moral arbiter for the nation and is fast losing all legitimacy. That baton is passing to community groups, charities, individuals, faith groups and smaller parties. But many voices make a great noise! In some communities it is only the social action of these foot soldiers that stand between order and anarchy. What is also happening is this: ordinary people are fed up with institutions that are sliding further into corruption and isolation from the daily lives and struggles of the mass of middle/working classes. Any even superficial social analysis shows that the political system, parliament, press/media, police, utilities/energy, public transport, health, education, social care, banking and financial services, fire services, pensions systems, agriculture/environment, probation services, justice/prisons, immigration etc etc etc etc are moving towards breakdown and contradiction. That doesn’t leave a lot that is functioning!! On top of that our foreign policies are fast losing us friends and respect in the world (droning children in Pakistan for crying out loud!). Cleggeron and Milibland fiddle while the country burns. The coalition can only beg big business not to raise prices while letting them set the tariff levels. Market economics is failing to deliver but so too is our nerve to collectively legislate and regulate big-business through Parliament. It’s very disturbing when power is vested outside the political system! The result is we are heading for social breakdown on a massive scale unless the political elite wake up! But with grass roots organising, tolerance, respect and reverence for, and involvement in, democratic processes, we are going to see something akin to the Arab spring in this country. I am hopeful!! So I too wish any sincere left-centre fellow travellers (including Respect and TUSC if that’s what you are) Happy Hunting in the grand May ball!

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      • Very well said @rev Simon Copley. It is about time that we put a stop to what is becoming of our country. We need to tackle this breakdown by bringing together a voice that unites us as a nation, one that is put forward by the people, working for the people, not for the lobbyist and big business designed for the destruction of the masses. It is time we made this change at the grass roots.
        If we all stand together, in one voice and speak for the people, it will give hope to the vast majority and change will come.

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  5. What Rotherham needs is hope, Genuine hope. Hope which they can count on. People are fed up with the main political parties. These politicians don’t have any power, they are just administrators for The lobbyist and big business.
    But if all the left-wing groups come together. Like TUSC /rev Simon Copley/ Respect And all the other organisations. No doubt the people of Rotherham will rise up and it will be a revolution.

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  6. Very well said both of you. Indeed the left in Rotherham may be fragmented, but as you say we are still very much present in various guises. And we do all believe in the same core principles and campaign on the same issues. I personally would like to see a joint pledge to oppose all cuts in the manifesto’s off all left of centre candidates next may. Perhaps involving Raotherham Against the Cuts ” RAC no cuts promise” or alike. I feel this could help us mount a serious challange to labour across the borough, I would be interested to see if you agree?

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    • I definitely agree. We have been taken for granted by the Labour Party in Rotherham for far too long. It’s outrageous that after Labour giving us a thief And a warmonger as an MP, we still decided to put Labour back in power. We need to send them a very strong message this May. We haven’t gone, we are still here, here to stay for good and we will no longer be taken for a ride. The people of Rotherham are fed up of being taken advantage of. It is time we put ourselves first.

      #Rotherham Respect

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