Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bob Crow, TUSC steering committee member, 2010-14, in his own words

Bob Crow speaking in Waltham Forest, East London, during TUSC's 2012 GLA elections campaign, photo Senan
Bob Crow speaking in Waltham Forest, East London, during TUSC's 2012 GLA elections campaign, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Bob Crow was a co-founder of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) from its very beginning in the run-up to the 2010 general election.

He sat on the TUSC national steering committee, initially in a personal capacity but, after the decision of the 2012 annual conference of the RMT transport workers union to be officially represented within TUSC, as one of the union's official nominees.
 
Yet obituaries in the mainstream media have completely ignored his role in TUSC, with the BBC's website typical in stating that "Mr Crow was not a member of any political party when he died".
But the facts of Bob's commitment cannot be erased. There are many videos of Bob in full flow putting the case for a new vehicle for working class political representation, which he saw TUSC as an important step towards.
 
Here are links to just some of them:
 
Bob Crow speaking at the Durham Miner Gala, July 2013, days after Ed Miliband's attack on Unite over the 'Falkirk affair'. On YouTube at http://www.youtu.be/qzshzyo1HkU 
 
Bob giving the RMT's official backing to the TUSC candidates in the 2012 London elections. At http://youtu.be/Cj6IMjVLzMw
 
The 2010 launch video of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, including comments by Bob welcoming "a force coming together which is going to be a political force and an industrial force". At http://youtu.be/-aHLZiukvng 
 
Last year we asked Bob for a quote to go on the TUSC appeal for candidates to stand in the May 2014 local elections.
 
He came back with, "the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) does what it says on the tin - without any of the baggage and big-business agenda of the main political parties.
"Who else you gonna vote for?". What don't the BBC and other establishment media understand about that?