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From the Big Sectarian Song Book.

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Hat-Tips to Vaultist Michael Ezra and to Pete Shield for reminding us all.

The Big Sectarian Songbook, 1987

SWP LOVE SONG TO TED GRANT

(Wonderful World)

Don’t know much about history
Marxism’s still a mystery
Don’t ’bout the line that Lenin took
‘Cause I’ve only read Tony Cliff’s book
But if you’d sign a non-aggression pact
We’d support an Enabling Act
And what a wonderful world it would be

Now I don’t claim to be a real Marxist
All I’m trying to say is maybe if the Millies
Would all join Socialist Worker
Then the Labour Party would go away.

57 VARIETIES
(The Chicken Song)

We’re a small Trot sect
With a small red student base
But we dream one day
That we’ll rule the human race
People laugh at us
But we’ll show the world they’re wrong
Overthrow the State
While we sing this left wing song

Build a Workers’ Front
Sell a paper to your gran
Have a fuse then split
Be as wacky as you can
Caucus in a letter box
Change your name another time
Turn to industry
And then alter all your lines

There’s fifteen of us
We’re the vanguard of our class
Proletarian
With a dialectic task
Met this bloke in Greece
Now an international’s formed
Like the Bolsheviks
When the Czar’s Palace they stormed

Have a faction fight
Write polemics by the score
Purge your tendency
And reduce your ranks to four
Call for unity
Say the enemy is Benn
Liquidate in Workers Power
And then do it all again

Become entryists
Utilise the bourgeois courts
Launch an armed struggle
Try and build a base in Shorts
Call a general strike
Like Possadas  look to the stars
For you never know
Perhaps there’s a loony Trot in Mars

The Red Mole Song of Tariq Ali.

I met Tariq Ali on an Underground Train

Like a Bloated Red-Mole in Considerable Pain.

He said he’d been there since a quarter-past nine.

Trying to find the majority Line.

IMG, IMG, fear and the dread of the whole bourgeoisie,

IMG, IMG, volumes and volumes of bankrupt theory.

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

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  1. This is still one of my favourites:

    THERE’S A TROT IN OUR PARTY

    Tune: There’s a Hole in My Bucket

    There’s a Trot in our party, dear Harold, dear Harold,
    There’s a Trot in our party, dear Harold, a Trot.
    Then expel him dear George, dear George, dear George.
    With what shall I expel him, dear Harold, dear Harold?
    With a block vote, dear George, dear George, dear George.
    And where shall I find it, dear Harold, dear Harold?
    In the unions, dear George, dear George, dear George.
    But union leaders are elected, dear Harold, dear Harold.
    Then rig the elections, dear George, dear George.
    With what shall I rig them, dear Harold, dear Harold?
    With Catholic action, dear George, dear George, dear George.
    And where shall I find it, dear Harold, dear Harold?
    In Glasgow, dear George, dear George, dear George.
    But that’s where the Trots are, dear Harold, dear Harold.

    Source:

    Mary Green and Michael Steed (compilers), After The Count Was Over: Young Liberal Song Book, (Salisbury Young Liberals, September 1967), p2.

  2. Ah such were the days….

    What’s the provenance of the Posadist poster and where can I get one that’s printable?

  3. Printable ‘Posadist’ posters and more gems here: https://proletariandemocracy.wordpress.com/posters/

    I am currently researching this vital class issue, “In his later years Posadas led his movement into the development of various esoteric ideas that bordered on the New Age with writings about communicating with dolphins …”

    “..como hace con las cacerías de ballenas, delfines y otras especies. … texto de J. Posadas publicado en 1973″

    Any further information welcome.

    Andrew Coates

    January 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  4. Who’s that whistling Yankee Doodle?
    It’s Neil Kinnock, Reagan’s poodle.


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