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Can a left-wing café fight capitalism?

By Conrad Landin  

Firebox

The tables are red and glossy—some of the chairs bear the word “Pret” on their backs. But despite the insistence of the furniture, this is not Pret a Manger. It is Firebox, London’s first avowedly left-wing café in some decades. Firebox is the creation of Counterfire, a small activist group that split from the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) in 2010. When I visit the café, which is in Bloomsbury, several of the group’s most active members…

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