New Internationalist

Stop the War: The story of Britain’s biggest mass movement

July 2005

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 for Tony Blair’s once popular Labour Party. Only the outdated peculiarities of the country’s first-past-the-post electoral system made it possible for Blair to form a majority government.

Richly illustrated, Stop the War vividly captures a defining moment in a continuing struggle for democracy. The posters that shouted out ‘Not in my name’ are as relevant today as ever. And the protest badges that neatly twisted the leader’s name to ‘Bliar’ have become increasingly easy to justify.

It’s just a shame that its field of vision was not wider in capturing the international scale of the mass protests that occurred around the world on 15 February 2003. But with contributions from schoolchildren to intelligence officers, seasoned campaigners to ‘virgin marchers’, Stop the War does present an inspiring diversity of people-power. It captures the buzz and creativity of the movement, and the political art it has spawned. And authors Andrew Murray and Lindsey German provide a narrative that carries you along with ease.

This column was published in the July 2005 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

Never miss another story! Get our FREE fortnightly eNews

Comments on Stop the War: The story of Britain's biggest mass movement

Leave your comment







 

  • Maximum characters allowed: 5000
  • Simple HTML allowed: bold, italic, and links

Registration is quick and easy. Plus you won’t have to re-type the blurry words to comment!
Register | Login

...And all is quiet.

Subscribe to Comments for this articleArticle Comment Feed RSS 2.0

Guidelines: Please be respectful of others when posting your reply.

Stop the War: The story of Britain's biggest mass movement Fact File
Product information by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German foreword by Tony Benn
Publisher Bookmarks Publications
Star rating3
Product number ISBN 1 905192 00 2
Product link www.bookmarks.uk.com

Get our free fortnightly eNews

Multimedia

Videos from visionOntv’s globalviews channel.

Related articles

Recently in Books

All Books

Popular tags

All tags

This article was originally published in issue 380

New Internationalist Magazine issue 380
Issue 380

More articles from this issue

  • Combatting caste

    July 1, 2005

    Mari Marcel Thekaekara on the enduring evils of an ancient system of oppression and the struggles for dignity.

  • The choice

    July 1, 2005

    When Manami Mori fell in love, her family saw only dishonour.

  • Tied to the job

    July 1, 2005

    Caste still has to shake off its shackles in Africa.

New Internationalist Magazine Issue 436

If you would like to know something about what's actually going on, rather than what people would like you to think was going on, then read the New Internationalist.

– Emma Thompson –

A subscription to suit you

Save money with a digital subscription. Give a gift subscription that will last all year. Or get yourself a free trial to New Internationalist. See our choice of offers.

Subscribe