Corbyn Meeting Queue: Bad as EDL Says Top Euston Manifesto Backer.
In 2006 the Euston Manifesto was published.
“The manifesto proposed a “fresh political alignment”, which involves “making common cause with genuine democrats, whether socialist or not”, in which the Left stands for democracy, freedom, equality, internationalism, the open-source movement, and historical truth, while condemning all forms of tyranny, terrorism, anti-Americanism, racism and anti-Semitism, including any form of it that “conceal[s] prejudice against the Jewish people behind the formula of ‘anti-Zionism.'” Wikipedia.
It ended with these words:
It is vitally important for the future of progressive politics that people of liberal, egalitarian and internationalist outlook should now speak clearly. We must define ourselves against those for whom the entire progressive-democratic agenda has been subordinated to a blanket and simplistic “anti-imperialism” and/or hostility to the current US administration. The values and goals which properly make up that agenda — the values of democracy, human rights, the continuing battle against unjustified privilege and power, solidarity with peoples fighting against tyranny and oppression — are what most enduringly define the shape of any Left worth belonging to.
One of the main signatories is given as David T, Harry’s Place (Wikipedia).
This is what he said yesterday.
You’re a person who has supported somebody who actively promotes people who are trying to kill me and my family.
When somebody says “I’m a socialist and I support Jeremy Corbyn” I hear the equivalent of “I am a UKIP member, I love Nigel Farage, and I go on EDL marches”.
Coatesy is not alone in receiving this message from the blustering public school boy’s incontinent brain.
Others too have been told that they are a ‘revolting person’ and ‘worse than a fascist’.
It would be tedious to list all the other Euston Manifesto rages against Jeremy Corbyn, but here is another prominent Euston signatory, Oliver Kamm, yesterday.
Corbyn’s deplorable allies
It’s no longer possible to assume that a declared progressive will defend free speech, secularism, women’s rights, homosexual equality, cosmopolitanism and the spread of scientific inquiry.
Those are the values that cause me to admire Israel – a nation whose pluralist ethos will be fulfilled when there is an eventual two-state solution with a sovereign Palestine.
Yet now we have a left that tolerates bigotry, allies with theocratic reaction, embraces terror groups and espouses irrationalism.
Paul Anderson, another Euston backer on Corbyn,
The first thing to know about him is that he’s a boilerplate leftist with a Chomskyite thicko’s take on the world.
The idiot noise online favours Corbyn; I’d rather read the FT.
Nick Cohen, yet another Eustonite, at the beginning of August,
The severity of the assault makes me wonder why so many unions are backing Jeremy Corbyn. It is not just that he has planted kisses on the backsides of half the tyrannies on the planet: including the posteriors of an Iranian regime, which persecutes its own trade unionists along with women and religious minorities; Putin and his kleptomaniac and irredentist Russian nationalist friends; Gaddafi, after his own people had executed him, and the Chavez gang, which somehow managed to reduce oil-rich Venezuela to penury.
Worse than the tyrannophilla, from a practical point of view, is that Corbyn does not have a chance of winning the 2020 general election. And if you think five years of unconstrained Tory government is bad, picture what they could do with 10.
Now he ramps up the hysteria,
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: one of them must go
“For years people like me have been arguing that the worst people on the left have been going along with movements and regimes, which are reactionary and in some instances fascistic – radical Islam and Putin’s Kremlin to take the most obvious examples from Corbyn’s CV. We have been trying to provide a left-wing case against the appeasement of imperialist aggressors, in the case of Russia, or of sexist, racist and homophobic religion in the case of radical Islam.
I am putting it as politely as I can when I say we had limited support from mainstream commentators and politicians of the centre left. They didn’t want to criticise ‘our side’. They didn’t want to admit that racism (in its anti-Semitic form) was as much a problem for the left as the right. They didn’t want to puncture the phoney air of righteousness which surrounds left-wing politics like a cloying perfume, or ‘distract’ themselves from the fight against the Tories
They didn’t want to know. Well they know now.
And as the far left moves to takeover Labour, their laziness and ignorance has left them naked before their enemies. They have no principled social democratic arguments in their arsenal, as the pathetic figure of Andy Burnham proves daily.”
It was often said of professional ex-Communists in the Cold War that they adopted they reversed the Stalinist Manichean view of the world: everything Communist was evil incarnate and everything in the West was great.
Was that true of the Eustonites – as many allege?
The original Euston Manifesto had many faults, above all its failure to find much fault with American and Western foreign policy, and its embrace of – some – supporters of the invasion of Iraq.
But it did back universal human rights.
Many on the left – the non-Leninist left – did not need lessons in this respect.
Human rights form the common roots of democratic socialism.
From Jean Jaurès to Ralph Miliband democratic principles are part of our most basic principles.
Those of us who are democratic Marxists stand for what Jaurès famously called the “synthesis” between liberty and socialist class struggle.
It should go without saying that the Tendance, and our close comrades, defend “defend free speech, secularism, women’s rights, homosexual equality, cosmopolitanism and the spread of scientific inquiry.”
We are part of a substantial group of people, including Jeremy Corbyn who backed Charlie Hebdo’s right to free speech in an Early Day Motion immediately after the Paris massacres.
Corbyn is also the Chair of Liberation (ex-Movement for Colonial Freedom), a respected and long established human rights and anti-colonial group in the UK. *
Perhaps Cohen and the Eustonies could explain why their campaign against the British Empire was wrong when they have time for anything other than mouth frothing.
But then, that lot are becoming more like their anti-Communist forerunners: they can not accept that we are democrats, we are ‘left-wing’ and therefore on the wrong side.
Like their monomaniacal predecessors, it is people like Toube and Cohen who are now trying to scream down the democratic socialists who back the thoroughly decent Jeremy Corbyn.
We suspect that the Eustonites are preparing another Manifesto, to be published should Corbyn win.
If this happens, we will bear the above comments at the front of our mind.
* History of Liberation ex-Movement for Colonial Freedom.
In 1945 one-fifth of the world was still under British sovereignty and 780 million people throughout the world lived under European colonialism.
The Labour Government did not support independence and their general election manifesto gave no commitment to introduce bills to provide for self-government, except for India. The Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, justified this by saying the loss of the colonies would mean falling living standards for British people. Continued colonial rule was in contradiction to the Atlantic Charter, agreed between the UK and USA to provide a blueprint for the world after World War II and which stated that “All peoples have a right to self-determination”.
In Malaya communist insurgents were put down by British security forces, who even used head hunters to bring in rebels’ heads. News of this was concealed from the British public but anti-colonial activists received the photographic evidence. Fenner Brockway played an active role in convening a conference of anti-colonialists, representatives of nationalist and independence movements and black organisations such as the League of Coloured Peoples in 1947. Offices were set up in Paris and London and in 1948 the Congress of Peoples Against Imperialism was established.
With the outbreak of wars against French rule in North Africa the Paris office of the League of Coloured Peoples was closed. By now India, Ceylon and Burma had their independence. In Africa, however. independence organisations, such as the Mau Mau led byKenyatta, were established and solidarity was called for.
The Movement for Colonial Freedom was founded in 1954. The Labour Party’s official position was not to support independence leaders. This however was not universally accepted and 70 MPs, including Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle, supported the Movement for Colonial Freedom. It also had backing among celebrities such as Benjamin Britten and in the universities. Fenner Brockway was the chairman, Douglas Rogers the secretary and Tony Benn the treasurer.”