Earlier this year, Welsh Labour activist Darren Williams and Plaid MEP Jill Evans spoke at an event on the theme of ‘Why we need an anti-war government’ hosted by Cardiff Stop the War Coalition. As the nuclear threat escalates and more of the world is drawn into conflict, these authors detail their separate perspectives on the urgent struggle to establish an anti-militarist platform in mainstream politics and how their parties can respond.
On 15 February 2003, I was part of a substantial contingent from Wales on the historic, estimated million-strong anti-war demonstration in London – many of them, like me, members of the Labour Party. Seeing such unprecedented numbers united in the cause of peace made me optimistic that the attack on Iraq would not go ahead. When a month later, Tony Blair, backed by a majority of Labour MPs, disregarded the demonstrators’ concerns and authorised British participation in the military attack, it was possibly the lowest point in Labour’s history. Certainly, it resulted in thousands of party members resigning – many only rejoining (if at all) within the last three years.Sign in to read more
Darren Williams is the Wales Political Officer of the PCS union and sits on Labour’s NEC and Welsh Executive Committee but writes in a personal capacity. He is a former Cardiff councillor and co-wrote the book, Clear Red Water: Welsh Devolution and Socialist Politics.