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Our rulers fear the unity we take pride in

Issue No. 2420

Pride, a new film about Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, is on general release from this week. 

It tells the story of a group of gay activists who supported miners during the 1984-85 strike.

The right wing press hate it. One piece in the Daily Telegraph newspaper complained, “We are witnessing the gaying of the miners’ strike”.

The Times newspaper claimed Pride helped “glorify” miners. It seethed that “charlatans” were getting away with “rewriting history”.  But it is the right who are rewriting history.

Pride doesn’t fit the dominant view of the world that our rulers want us to accept. 

They want us to see homophobia, racism and sexism as entrenched among working class people.  They hate Pride because it challenges these myths. 

Prejudices and divisions aren’t automatic. Our rulers foster them because they are terrified of working class unity. Pride shows that ordinary people can unite against their real enemy—the ruling class.  

It shows how ideas can change through struggle. The miners lost the strike—but it had a lasting impact on millions of people.

The revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg said the transformation of workers during strikes was “the most precious thing, because it is the most enduring”. 

That’s what our rulers are scared of.

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