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Morning Star and Socialist Party: We wuz wrong.

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“Right arses” Says Robert Griffiths

With  the historic votes for No2EU at  31,757 (0.2%) (-121,479, 0.9%) the Communist party of Britain and the Socialist Party issued the following declaration.

Peter Taaffe, of the Socialist Party said, “We wuz wrong”.

Robert Griffiths of the Communist Party of Britain added,

“We made right arses of ourselves standing on the No2EU Platform”.

Further comment is unnecessary.


In the 18th arrondisment of Paris the CCA (Comités communistes pour l’autogestion (CCA ) got 0 (zero) votes in the 1981 legislative elections.

The bloke standing did not even vote for himself.

The SP and CPB have yet to reach thishistoric benchmark.     




Written by Andrew Coates

May 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

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  1. Surely it is now time for Rob Griffiths to return to his Welsh nationalist roots and demand soviet socialism across the Rhondda. Power, after all, is clearly at the end of his fingertips. Duw, duw.

    Abu Faris

    May 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

  2. My first thought is that this is a remarkable development. How often do leaders on the left admit they make mistakes? Be interested to see if SP admits they did anything wrong with TUSC, though I suspect from what I’ve seen they will just proclaim yet another great victory, marred only by those on the Left who failed to give them support. Ever upward and onward, comrades!



    May 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  3. ER it’s a joke, as in this: Heralds of the Red Dawn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comrade_Bingo

    Andrew Coatesliquide

    May 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  4. My letter to the Morning Star (which, to their credit they published in today’s edition):

    Dear Comrades,

    A viciously anti-working class, anti-immigrant, hard–right nationalist party wins a majority in a UK national election, and what is the response of the Morning Star? “It is as well not to get too carried away” (M Star Comment May 27).

    Such complacency is truly breathtaking and even worse is the attempt to dress the result up as something almost progressive: “Farage and his team were able to play on the unpopularity of then EU and widespread voter alienation from the political in-crowd to pose as something new and different.” Of course, there’s some truth to that, and socialists should try to relate to such alienation, but exactly the same could have been said about a BNP electoral breakthrough (or, indeed, the Front National in France) – but would the Star have adopted a similar complacent tone in that situation?

    Maybe the Star’s extraordinary response to this highly dangerous situation is explained by its support for the central plank of UKIP’s platform: the inevitably reactionary call for withdraw from the EU – a call that No2EU tried to dress up in “progressive” garb, only to receive a derisory vote, slugging it out with the Harmony Party at the bottom of the poll.

    The Star’s suggestion that none of this really matters and that the People’s Assembly Against Austerity marches in London represent a “real challenge to the Establishment” is simply not serious class politics, comrades!

    Jim Denham

    Jim Denham

    May 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  5. Excellent Jim.

    Andrew Coates

    May 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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