POLL TAX

“1989 / 1990  ? the Class War Federation and the Anarchist Communist federation had been having a series of talks, nationally,  about an organisation merger. A lot of people in both camps were both for and against, whilst us here on Tyneside didn’t particularly care  because we had been working together closely for years anyway”

ex Tyneside Class War activist ( not member ).

 

“At the time I was enthusiastic about possible joint organisation of all the class struggle anarchist groups –  according to the principle that it would make us stronger. Others, especially in the DAM but also many in the ACF, perhaps weren’t so keen – mostly due to worries about ideological “purity” and all that precious nonsense as well as suspecting some in Class War just wanted publicity for its own sake. In effect, though, I think a lot of Class War people tended to think people in the other groups would interfere with their “image”, and would be too boring for them, etc, as much as any political reasons. In hindsight, I suppose, it was a non-starter – nobody was into thinking that ambitiously. But I still think that was a shame (or even a tragic missed opportunity …). Having said that, maybe it would have been a disaster. Who knows?”

ex Newcastle Anarchist Communist Federation member.

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“For years we had joint paper sales on the streets of Newcastle etc..if someone came up to us to buy a copy of Class War, we would then also offer them a copy of Organise, and vice versa. I didn’t particularly care what was sold as long as the message was getting spread”

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