Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football introduces their visual review of 2017
Wow! 2017, twelve months of surprises, mostly unpleasant, some not so. At its core all things Trump who, since his presidential inauguration at the start of the year, has managed to fulfil all our worst fears of what his time in the White House would come to represent. #ToryBrexit more or less achieved the same mix of reaction and risk, yet June came close enough to ending May to give us a belief that a very different outcome may yet prove possible. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour 'For the Many not the Few' summing up the possibility of an alternative to austerity, the effects of which we witness daily with the growth of foodbanks and the spread of a low-wage casualised economy. The consequences of putting profit over people, the human tragedy of Grenfell. But it doesn't have to be like this. Trump's racism was rejected by the 'take a knee' movement, #MeToo turned one man's horrific treatment of women into a movement to resist and transform, Corbyn's Labour was written off at the start of #GE2017, now it is a serious contender for government.
The continuing impact of Climate Change could mean us having nothing much to look forward to but everytime we prove we are many, they are few there is hope. If one image of 2017 captured this it was the calm, courageous dignity with which Saffiya Khan stood up to the hateful EDL when they came to her city. With that spirit shared by we, the many, in 2018, neoliberalism won't just be broken, it will be replaced by something better. Happy New Year!
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Mark Perryman is a member of both the Labour Party and Momentum. Co-founder of the self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ aka Philosophy Football, he has also edited numerous books on the politics of the Left. The latest is The Corbyn Effect and is published by Lawrence & Wishart, available to order from here.