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Corbyn’s ally, Sean Magmana: Daily Telegraph Exposes Alliance for Workers’ Liberty Plans.

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Important Corbyn Allies Says Telegraph. 

If it mattered to Corbyn at all what the Labour Party looked like to the public he wouldn’t be running for leader. His is a hostile takeover

Just look at what his allies are saying. Sean Matgamna of the Alliance for Workers Liberty has written: “If Corbyn wins, then the Left should immediately go on the offensive. Irreconcilable MPs should be de-selected.” Matgamna’s position was echoed by Corbyn’s campaign manager Jon Lansman when he was on Newsnight this week. And please don’t let any MP tell you that it would be embarrassing for Corbyn if his allies tried to deselect a sitting frontbencher. They do not care.

John McTernan. Telegraph.

Since Cde Gorge Orwell we all know that the Daily Telegraph can be relied on to tell the truth.

Now this presents a problem for the Communist Party of Great Britain  (Provisional Central Committee – Weekly Worker) whose plot to “infiltrate” the Labour Party was fearlessly exposed by the Sunday Times  in July, indeed given Front Page treatment.

This is (only a fraction) of what this, the leading revolutionary force in the Labour Party  says of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty in their esteemed Weekly:

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and social imperialism

One might guess that the Weekly Worker does not believe the AWL are against ‘social imperialism’.

You would be right:

Charles Gradnitzer examines how the social imperialists have responded to the latest Israeli assault on Gaza.

Sample, “Another war, another bizarre article from the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty patriarch, Sean Matgamna.1 This latest stream-of-consciousness tract on the AWL website is half initiation rite for new members of the group, half appeal to the conscience of Zionists to stop bombing Gaza.”

AWL paper: Solidarity.



Written by Andrew Coates

September 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

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  1. John McTernan, is that the failed Scottish politician? Writes for the Telegraph does he? What a prick. Cannot even work out where his own enemies are – AWL and CPGB, whatever you think of them are not a major force. Perhaps he should look closer to find his enemies.


    September 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm

  2. I read the John McTernan Telegraph article which at least has the merit of honesty for his espousal of a PLP coup d’état.

    The most shocking thing I found though was a mention in the comments regarding a quote from Richard Seymour about Simon Weston.

    Weston had criticised Jeremy Corbyn regarding his views on the Falkland Isiands which caused the Seymour response –

    “Seriously, who gives a shit about what Simon Weston thinks about anything? If he knew anything, he’d still have his face.”

    I mean, what the hell is going on here? Does Richard Seymour seriously think that making statements like this is, somehow, going to make people more amenable to his “socialist” ideas? Is this the level Seymour descends to when “writing for the masses”.

    Maybe, he’s really just given up the ghost and just wants to be a “provocateur” now.

    Anyway, I’m sure the AWL are glad of the puff piece Comrade McTernan did for them in the Telegraph, much as Weekly Worker can thank the Sunday Times for their front page.


    John R

    September 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  3. John R, is that the most significant thing you can find, a tasteless comment from Richard Seymour? His target is a badly injured person, not a hero and not an expert on the war he was thrown into.


    September 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm

  4. Pinkie, I guess what I find sad and depressing is the idea that it is just another example of a “socialist” finding a particularly nasty way of dealing a political argument. It just shows a complete lack of empathy where it is not even the man who is attacked rather than the argument but sneering at his disfigurement to make the “point”. And no political point was made anyway.

    So here is another barrier erected between left ideas (of whatever persuasion) and people of a conservative bent in this country. Btw, you can’t ignore them and if the likes of Richard Seymour and his mates think winding up Tories (and not even Tories) is going to bring about political change for the better, then they are very mistaken.

    And that’s the point I made about him “giving up the ghost”. Let’s all just express our hatred of the Tories by slagging off one of “their” heroes for his disfigurement and refuse to deal with why the Tories won in May. Let’s all just spiral down to hate and despair because everything else is pointless.

    John R

    September 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm

  5. You are right, of course, that RS’s comments were tasteless, as I said. Nobody I know of is using the injury of Simon Weston to attack the Tories. I leave it to others to consider how some people use injured people to justify their warlike attitudes.


    September 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

  6. The Telegraph is not exactly well versed on the relative weight of far left grouplets. Thusday’s issue gave prominence to the views of Workers Hammer. (I know – but it’s the cheapest way to get a bottle of water in Smiths….)


    September 4, 2015 at 11:36 pm

  7. AWL were also in the long piece by Patrick Wintour in the Graun on ‘so, what happens next?’

    Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    September 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

  8. Seymour deserves a response from the left on this: it shouldn’t be left to supporters of British wars to criticise somebody for mocking a severely burned man.

    So, see new post.

    Andrew Coates

    September 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

  9. A brief note of a historical curiousity nature.

    In the early 90’s I was in Dulwich Labour Party for a while. Our local ward branch included a couple of AWL members, John McTernan and Frank Dixon. Frank was ex-RCP (40’s) and had been for many years the Labour Party expert on entryism. A classic case of poacher turned gamekeeper. It certainly made for interesting meetings, especially the time Frank came along with a copy of Tribune where Clare Short had been attacking Socialist Organiser. Ah, happy days.

    Maybe this explains Mr McTernan’s “bigging up” of the AWL and the leading role he assigns them. He saw them as the “left threat” then and, out of nostalgia, still assigns them the same role.

    Or maybe he’s an unconscious Trot and wants to point the Corbynistas towards what he, unknowingly, sees as the correct path.

    John R

    September 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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