Magazine article New Internationalist

Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement

Magazine article New Internationalist

Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement

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Stop the War The story of Britain's biggest mass movement by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German foreword by Tony Benn (bookmarks publications ISBN 1905192 00 2)

Someone, in this story of the remarkable mobilization of outrage that brought two million protesters out onto the streets of London, points out that it failed. It did not stop the war. But the observer continues, the '15 February movement' achieved 'enough to shape the course of politics on the issue of Iraq, Britain's relation to the US and how Britain is governed'.

It's certainly true that during the recent British general election just one fifth of the electorate could bring itself to vote forTony Blair's once popular Labour Party. Only the outdated peculiarities of the country's first-past-the-post electoral system made it possible for Blairto form a majority government.

Richly illustrated, Stop the War vividly captures a defining moment in a continuing struggle for democracy. …

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