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Tariq Ali joins with Smears against Jo Cox.

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Tariq Ali: Better off tilting at Windmills than engaging in Politics.

Recently former Marxist Tariq Ali made a return to British politics.

He starred at the 13th of June Camden “rally of shame” calling for Brexit, or as they tried to call it, Lexit (left Exit, geddit?).

London says #Lexit: The Left Case Against the EU – Tariq Ali.

Ali stood on the same platform as Caroline Tacchella, a representative of the Parti ouvrier indépendant démocratique, a French Trotskyist group, whose historical record even a genial codger like Tariq must remember with loathing.

The group from which this micro-party originates (the ‘Lambertists’) are famous for opposing the French students in 1968.

In a celebrated confrontation hundreds of this sect’s Service d’ordre  paraded in military style, demanding that the petty bourgeois intellectuals not build barricades in the Sorbonne but wait for the working class and its vanguard (not unrelated to the said Lambertists, known at the time as the Organisation Communiste Internationaliste, OCI) to lead the movement.

Ali, one might possibly know, is one-time student leader, and the author of self-congratulatory writings on 68, (1968 and After: Inside the Revolution, 1978, Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties ,1987 and others too numerous for even their author to have read) one would expect him to know that particularly history and shun any association with the Lambertists.

Update (from JM)

The British arm of this sect, publishes Workers’ Tribune, whose latest issue you can download here.

Many of those leftist youths, the anciens combattants, or vétérans as we, a decade or more younger, used to call them in Paris, not without a hint of affectionate mockery, have kept the course.

Others have fallen by the wayside.

None in a more spectacular fashion than Ali in his present convulsions.

From spitting on the grave of our comrades at Charlie Hebdo, to backing Brexit, and now...this:



Written by Andrew Coates

June 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm

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  1. louisproyect

    June 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  2. Tariq hasn’t smeared anybody. he didn’t say anything like this against St. Jo Cox:



    June 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm

  3. I suppose saying that somebody’s politics, supporting the White Helmets, means backing fascism, is not ‘smearing’….

    Andrew Coates

    June 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

  4. That wouldn’t be the same Mr Tariq Ali who not so long ago advocated voting Lib Dem, would it?

    Jim Denham

    June 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  5. As the successfully elected Liberal Lynne Featherstone noted during the campaign.

    Posted on 29th March 2005
    In the tightly fought battle for the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, the Liberal Democrats have received the support of prominent writer and film maker Tariq Ali, who says he will be backing the party in the forthcoming General Election. Mr Ali, who lives in the constituency, is a long-time critic of the Government over the war in Iraq.


    The same Tariq who praised Boris Yeltsin as a “democratic socialist” in ‘Revolution From Above’ and thought Gorbachev was bringing in reformed socialism.


    Andrew Coates

    June 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

  6. I remember one of Tariq Ali’s books was ” The Coming British Revolution”. As far as I remember it came out in 1971 or thereabouts. Yeah, OK Tariq.

    Dave Roberts

    June 26, 2016 at 2:36 am

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