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Is this the Maddest Left Group Around? – CPB (M-L).

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“There is a budding morrow in midnight.”

Thus endeth the 16th Congress of the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), London, November 2012 (Hat-Tip Abu).

It begins with the words,

“A crisis of thought, and of deed. Describing the parlous state of our bleeding country is insufficient alone.”



“Great courage resides within our class, ingenious cowardice also…”

We could not agree more.

“Science must be at the centre of planning a new future for Britain in which all our resources, human and material, will be used for the needs of our people and not used to make profit for capital. In turn this means we must invest in science, teach it more thoroughly in schools and extend those world-beating University departments the government is so keen to undervalue.”

We are informed  that the leading cadres of the CPB (M-L) are science teachers in Free Schools.

Say no more.

The Party is firmly against the European  Union and says this in no uncertain terms,

“The EU is aided and abetted by quislings in our class who would rather supplicate in Brussels than struggle in Britain.”


“We did not as a people heed the call we as a Party made in 1996 to use the breathing space we could see ahead with a change of capitalist government.”

We did not heed, indeed we did not.

There are some grounds for optimism,

“We should be especially proud of the assertion of Britain and industry represented by the Games’ opening ceremony, and in particular of its subtle defiance. It should be required viewing, and will reveal layers of ingenuity that moaning Thatcherite MPs have missed. The best use of £27 million for a long time.”

““There is a budding morrow in midnight.”

How true, how very true.


Written by Andrew Coates

May 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

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  1. You left out the insane claims that Britain is being oppressed by the EU imperialist super-state and that the anti EU struggle is a national liberation struggle.

    Oh, and the gratuitous quote from Stalin.

    Abu Faris

    May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

  2. It was a hard enough slog even getting through a single sentence!

    Andrew Coates

    May 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

  3. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/29/bill-ash
    The above obituary has relevance to Andrew’s article in case you missed it. It seems that along Reg Birch, Bill Ash founded the RCB (M-L) back in the 1960’s when it was a Maoist party. Bill Ash will forever be associated with ‘The Great Escape’. Read the full article an obituary also appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

    CPB (M-L) have several competitors -all of whom want the North Korean franchise. I would add that RCPB (M-L) are also after the coveted title alongside the CPGB (M-L) and possibly New Communist Party of Britain as an outside bet.

    CPB (M-L) have made a name for themselves with the ‘British Jobs for British Workers’ slogan in recent years, The other ‘parties’ and I use the word with some hesitation, usually have a conspicuous presence on May Day marches with a big banner of Uncle Joe (Stalin) with quotes from the man himself.


    May 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

  4. They always turn out at the Burston Rally.

    “Extremely odd” is mildest description of them.

    I find the references to Stalin distasteful – to say the least.

    Andrew Coates

    May 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  5. Bill Ash wrote a very bizarre book called “The Ethics of Revolution” (or some such) back in the late 70s when CPBML had broken with China and were in bed with Hoxha’s Albania. It was compulsory reading in the CPBML when I was a member in the very early 80s.

    Other CPBML madness includes its adherence to Birch’s strange theory “the economics of genocide” which was all the rage in the party in the early days of the first Thatcher administration. In short (you will be glad to learn), this strange “theory” argued that the mass lay-offs of Thatcher’s days would lead eventually to the capitalist class seeking to physically exterminate the unneeded working class. This odd theory appears to have been dropped by CPBML.

    But wait! The congress document (above the line here linked) indicates that the CPBML’s penchant for over-reaction continues apace. Reading the congress report shows that the CPBML regards the recent switch to a five year term for Parliament as the first step in a bourgeois plan to implement fascism in Britain. Yes, that’s right: *fascism*. At least they are not going to kill us all… yet.

    CPBML – the UKIP of the British far left.

    Abu Faris

    May 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  6. test

    Abu Faris

    May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  7. Ah, it’s working again.

    I’ll try again.

    CPBML have always been weird.

    Back in the late 60s (according to the equally strange Bill Bland), the CPBML tried to take over the Albanian Friendship Society (which was Bill Bland’s baby that he had taken with him when he was expelled from the CPGB for his pro-Chinese views in the early 60s). This involved passing a motion at the AGM demanding that “anyone” could vote. Once passed, the hall was flooded by CPBML members (who had been hiding around the corner)…

    In the late 70s and early 80s, CPBML argued that the bourgeoise were going to kill off all surplus workers. This was their “economics of genocide” line (now, seemingly, dropped).

    The congress document shows, however, that CPBML are still as prone to hysteria as ever. According to it, the recent vote in Parliament to extend government terms to five years means that the bourgeoisie are slowly but sure introducing fascism.

    Ash was a very odd man. His “Ethics of Revolution” (I think that is what it was called) was required reading for all CPBML members in the early 80s. It was quietly dropped from inner party education when the CPBML fell out with Albania, c. 1981 – as Ash had filled his text with glowing remarks about the workers’ paradise that was Hoxha’s dystopian hellhole of Albania.

    Abu Faris

    May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  8. CPMBL have never been quite the same since their arch-rivals, the Revolutionary Communist League went the way of all flesh at some point in the late 80s/early 90s. It is as if without other post-Maoists to loathe and seethe over the CPBML lost the will to live.

    Abu Faris

    May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

  9. De mortuis nil nisi bonum, Abu. Bill’s book, among many that he wrote, was Marxist Morailty. He was not a ‘very odd man’. We could do with a few more like him

    Dirk Velcro

    May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

  10. The maddest group around? As any connoisseur of Maoism could tell you, the CPB(ML) were generally speaking the sanest of them. They were “pre-Cultural Revolution” Maoists, and did actually have some presence in the wider labour movement. This is probably why, in mutated form, they are still around.

    The Cultural Revolution Maoists were much more entertaining – sometimes literally. Cue my favourite Cornelius Cardew song, to which I hope you can all sing along:


    May 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

  11. Paul Flewers and I were having a talk about cults this very Saturday – in a greasy spoon by Euston.

    There was of course the famous “Stockhausen serves imperialism, and other articles: With commentary and notes”


    Andrew Coates

    May 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

  12. I am compelled by the Dagmar Law Of Repetitive Blog Comments to point out in any discussion on British Maoism, especially one where Bill Bland gets mentioned (as he always does) that, yes, he may have been a strange man, but was a great optician and good with children.

    Was Bland the Assad the British people never had?


    May 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

  13. the maddest ML group ever was the MLD from Germany (not to be confused with the mad MLPD which still exists) which called during the mid-70ies for a “united front of all patriotic forces from KPD (mad Maoists) to NPD (Nazis) against Soviet Social Fascism”, they also advocated voting for F.J. Strauss and “Berufsverbote” for DKP members


    May 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

  14. Enty has us there: indeed the MLD comes out tops.

    One wonders what happened to their 250 membership (inkl. Sympathisanten)

    Andrew Coates

    May 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

  15. at least some became open (“national revolutionary”) right-wingers after the org folded in late 1981 … the MLD’s leading theoretician is today a leading ATTAC member in his hometown and a moderate but decent activist … another mad German ML group which still exists is the “Gruppe Neue Einheit” (“New Unity”), a breakaway group of the KPD/ML from the 1970ies: extremely homophobic, extremely pro-nuclear energy, for “immigration controls”, claiming that most of its members work clandestinely due to the state’s repression, the most likely explanation of this is however, that these clandestine members never existed


    May 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

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