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July 14, 2008

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Benny

I was there and I've attended most Respect/Rise festivals since the start in 1998. I didn't see Boris, no.

My reflections:

- seeing Terry Hall perform Specials songs was a live highlight of the past few years for me
- sponsorship by the likes of the Canary Wharf Group (rather than the unions) did seem strange
- the mix of all races and the whiff of ganja throughout the park did suggest however that he hasn't managed to turn it into the Henley Regatta. Yet.
- absence of Latin America solidarity stalls didn't ruin the day but post-event I am wondering if that was the thin end of the wedge.

Next year it will probably be a sanitised glorified council fete.

Common Sense

Rise this year was better - and better attended - than ever.

Most of the audience didn't seem too heartbroken to be deprived of a series of sanctimonious speeches by Ken, Lee Jasper and the rest.

As for anti-Boris attitude, it certainly wasn't in evidence - apart from a sad gaggle of largely-ignored Trots bleating at the main gate into Finsbury Park.

cjcjc

"absence of Latin America solidarity stalls didn't ruin the day"

LOL!

You don't say!

OneHopeOneChoice

"apart from a sad gaggle of largely-ignored Trots bleating at the main gate into Finsbury Park."

And anyone who uses Trotskyite as a flippant insult shouldn't be damning Jasper and Ken's sanctimonious speeches.

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