Making a spectacle of myself

I seem to have been interviewed by The Pakistani Spectator. It’s just as well I’m not famous, really. Some of the answers I give are terrible.

Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

Rebellion Sucks! has been going for over a year now. It’s focus is on the struggle of working people in England to improve their lives by organising and gaining political representation.

My intention is to spread socialist and anti-imeprialist ideas using blogging technology. I want to encourage working people to examine their role in society and that of the class which profits from their labour, become more conscious of the economic motive behind the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and the need to bring the armed forces home from these imperialist wars.

I have made an effort to highlight the English Question – that because Britain is not a federal state, it’s largest nation lacks any form of devolved government, which has been granted to Scotland, and to a lesser extent, Wales. It is my view that the establishment of an English parliament will assist the working class in winning beneficial reforms, as has happened in Scotland and Wales, and will help the development of an inclusive national identity based upon secular civic institutions rather than exclusively on ethnicity or religious faith.

Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?

I have become more reliant upon quoting other sources – why repeat badly what someone else has already said adequately?

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

Most memorable was my part in preventing the billionaire Alisher Usmanov from censoring the writer and former diplomat Craig Murray by reproducing his article in full. the article concerned Usmanov’s past, somthing he did not want publicised as he was attempting to purchase a football team. Many other bloggers took part in this action which lead the mainstream media to report Usmanov’s alleged criminal past.

What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?

I occasionally post comments on their blog entries – if I have something to say.

What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?

The social networking site Facebook is used by many activists in politics and the trade union movement to co-ordinate campaigns and publicise activities.

Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?

It allows more people to make their opinion known and hopefully encourages a broader debate than that allowed by the state or corporate media.

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?

The focus on both working class struggle and national self-determination.

If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?

Good manners.

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

I’m not going to get personal here, so these are the political highs and lows of recent years… The gloomiest moment was being unable, along with millions of other people, to prevent my country participating in the US-led wars against Iraq and Afghanistan. The happiest was learning that the people of Ireland had rejected further military and political integration with the European Union in a referendum.

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?

Peru, New Zealand, and China.

What is your favorite book and why?

The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, it’s nice to read a political tract that is so clear and concise.

What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?

If they listen as much as they speak.

Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?


How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

I don’t know. I don’t think they should, actually. Blogging should be for fun and for free.

Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?

No, some people are skilled writers.

What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?

Be willing to engage with those one does not agree with and debate the issues instead of using insults.

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

Louise Whittle of Harpy Marx, Richard Seymour of Lenin’s Tomb, Stuart Parr of Wonko’s World, Andy Newman of Socialist Unity, and John McDonnell of Another World Is Possible,

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

That Alisher Usmanov post.

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

That there is an ongoing struggle for popular sovereignty, national independence, and social justice.

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?


What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?

Perhaps that in the so-called “developing” world there is a greater awareness of imperialism and its history,

What is the future of blogging?

More blogging.

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?


What are your future plans?

More blogging, I suppose.

Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

Please visit my blog and tell me what you think of it.

2 Responses to “Making a spectacle of myself”

  1. Tom P Says:

    I think it’s pretty good Charlie!

    I’m waiting for your post on Glasgow East…

  2. charliemarks Says:

    Thanks for that, Tom. But I misspelt “anti-imperialist”. The shame! Sorry for not putting you in my top five bloggers, comrade – I didn’t give it much thought, mind, and your blog is definitely a must-read.

    Ah, my thoughts on Glasgow East…

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