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Comrade Clive Lewis Attacked by People’s Assembly Leader – John Rees (who?).

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Clive Lewis Attacked For Disloyalty To Jeremy Corbyn At Anti-Tory March In Birmingham

Reports the Huffington Post

The shadow defence secretary has been one of the Labour leader’s biggest supporters.

On Sunday, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity held an anti-Tory march in central Birmingham to protest the Conservative Party conference being held in the city.

But one of the opening speakers at the rally used the stage to target Labour MPs who did not support Corbyn’s leadership.

John Rees, a spokesperson for the organisation, attacked Labour MPs for launching a leadership challenge against Corbyn in June.

“I say to the right-wing of the Labour Party, you wasted a summer. Nobody wanted that leadership contest. Jeremy Corbyn didn’t want that leadership contest. You forced us to fight amongst ourselves when we should have been fighting the Tories,” he told the crowd.

And he singled out Lewis by name.

“I’ll say this to Clive Lewis as well. Every pound spent on Trident. Every pound spent on the Nato imposed 2% of GDP arms budget. Every pound spent on guns and weapons and bombs, is a pound not spent on hospitals and schools and houses and decent wages.”

Lewis, who was appointed to the frontbench after scores of Labour MPs quit in an attempt to force Corbyn to resign, is seen as an ally of the Labour leader.

Clive Lewis hits back after he is accused of being disloyal to Jeremy Corbyn reports Politics Home.

John Rees, apart from his role in the People’s Assembly, is also the leader of a merry little bunch, Counterfire, who believe in the ‘actuality of the revolution’.

Their most recent caper  was to campaign for Brexit  during the EU Referendum – that is against Jeremy Corbyn’s support for a Remain Vote.

On this occasion there are few reports on the demonstration but “It was organised by the People’s Assembly who said 10,000 were on the march.” asserts Socialist Worker.

More reliable estimates guess that this means there were a few thousand present.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

8 Responses

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  1. Nothing that John Rees said that is quoted here could possibly upset any principled socialist. I have no particular brief for Counterfire, but this really is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Right-wing Labour has either initiated or supported practically every war in which Britain has been involved over the last couple of decades, most of which have turned the countries concerned into a playground for murderous jihadis: what a splendid success. Trident is a spectacularly useless device: it’s not under British control (it can only be used with a US say-so), and the money spent on it is a whopping subsidy to the US defence industry. As for criticising publicly the Labour right, the Labour right are publicly attacking Corbyn and the left in the name of policies in so many areas that are barely distinguishable from those of the Tories: what is the point of Labour if all it does is that?

    Dr Paul

    October 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  2. Clive is not on the Labour Right.

    As you know he is highly regarded in Norwich and more widely in East Anglia.

    Rees is reported, and he cannot be so thick as to have not foreseen the impact of his words, as criticising him.

    Some people think that, “Every word he (Rees) writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

    Andrew Coates

    October 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

  3. The Unite contingent, until then cheering all the speakers, noticeably fell silent at this point.

    Jim Denham

    October 3, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  4. counterfart tried to run a caff, and that went bust. wouldn’t trust anything these petty bourgeois professional revolutionaries say about anything. what about firebox? what happened to that comrade?

    John Rees should mobilise his forces to get Galloway back in the party, and the AWL out.

    Who’s bigger, Counterfire or the AWL?


    October 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  5. Of course Trident is a monumental waste of money, but it’s a monumental waste of money that people have been fooled into thinking we need.

    Lewis is aware of the former, but aware enough of the latter to know that there myriad fights more worth having than this one. The party can’t afford to be bogged down in a fratricidal war over trident, nor constantly painted as weak on defence by the Tories and a rabidly reactionary press.


    October 3, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  6. Dean

    October 4, 2016 at 10:17 pm

  7. OK, I’m through. I don’t need to have my sensibilities outraged by your allowing Dean to spam your page. The hell with him and the hell with you. I’m done.


    October 5, 2016 at 2:17 am

  8. sensibilities outraged?? oh, please. you’re having a giraffe.


    October 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm

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