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Comrade Murray Leaves the Communist Party of Britain and Enters the Labour Party.

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Welcome Comrade Murray!

The chief of staff of Unite’s leader, Len McCluskey, has left the Communist party to become a Labour member.

Reports the Guardian. 

Andrew Murray, who last year said communism represented “a society worth working towards”, joined Labour’s ranks recently, a Unite spokesman said.

Murray, a former Morning Star journalist and longtime chair of Stop the War, said in a Guardian interview last year that his adherence to communism prevented him from joining Labour.

“All my children are in the Labour party,” he said. “One has been in the Labour party a long time; the other three are all there as a result of Jeremy’s surge. But no, I’m a member of the Communist party. That’s where I am. Communism still represents, in my view, a society worth working towards – albeit not by the methods of the 20th century, which failed.”

Last week Murray’s daughter, Laura, claimed that members of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and other Troyskyist groups were seeking to take control of Momentum, the grassroots organisation that supports the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, from its founder, Jon Lansman.

“Jeremy Corbyn will inevitably make one compromise or concession that isn’t ideologically pure enough for them, and they will abandon him and Labour altogether to turn Momentum into a rival leftwing party,” she wrote.

In her blog she further claimed that a row over the form of an internal voting structure at a meeting of Momentum’s national committee had ended in bullying and intimidation. She accused AWL members of bullying those whom they suspected of being “rightwing” or “alt-Stalinist” members.

Richard Angell, director of Progress, the centre-left pressure group, said that with or without the AWL, Momentum – due to its intention to move Labour from the mainstream and deselect current MPs – remained a threat to Labour’s election hopes.

“The argument that is being propagated by Lansman – and his media supporters Owen Jones and Paul Mason – is that Momentum minus the AWL would be totally fine. This is not true,” he wrote on his blog.

Angell added of Murray Sr’s conversion: “It’s more than regretful that Labour’s ability to attract previously staunch communists has not been able to counterbalance the loss of support in Sleaford, Richmond and national opinion polls.”

This is one of comrade Murray’s recent contribution to left debate.

Stalinism and Trotskyism appear to be back in vogue. Their shrouds are being waved — entryism here, a purge there — to terrify bystanders to the struggle over the future of the Labour Party, writes Andrew Murray.

“This illustrates the extent to which “dead Russians,” using the term slightly loosely, still hold the imagery and lexicon of the international left in thrall nearly a century after the October revolution.”

He continues on this site.

Far be it for me to suggest that Cde Murray has joined Labour to engage in the fray against the ‘Trotskyists’…..

Written by Andrew Coates

December 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm

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  1. Andrew Murray is responsible for actual British youth going off to fight mythical fascists in Ukraine http://paulocanning.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/when-stop-war-directs-kids-to-war-and.html

    This alone should block him from membership.

    Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    December 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  2. A grubby action.

    However sceptical one may be about the Ukrainian government he certainly helped fuel total hysteria.

    More recently he has been responsible for some weasel words from the StWC about Syria as well.

    Andrew Coates

    December 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    December 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  4. Paul – do you have any actual *evidence* that anyone has gone to fight for the Eastern Ukrainian rebels at the urging of the Stop the War Coalition? Preferably the sort of evidence which might stand a moment’s critical scrutiny?


    December 11, 2016 at 5:51 pm

  5. I presume Murray must have really left the CP and completely broken off all links. Clearly, this has to be the case, in the light this letter to Iain McNichol, general secretary of the Labour Party, from Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, sent in July of this year (see especially para 4): https://21centurymanifesto.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/communist-infiltration-of-labour./

    Jim Denham

    December 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  6. @Paul Canning – still keeping up the ‘agenda’ against Russia, just like Peter Tatchell.


    December 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

  7. Francis – the BBC found some lads on the frontline in the Donbas, I link to the report. There has also been one court case. STWC have been the prime mover of hysterical propaganda on Ukraine ‘fascists’, in particular on the mythical ‘Odessa massacre ‘ – Murray wrote a whole book on it – so yes I call cause-and-effect.

    Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    December 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  8. Call it what you like, Paul, the fact that some people may overstate the role of fascist and neo-fascist elements among the Ukrainian nationalists does not make them responsible for a tiny number of soldiers of fortune going to the Donbass for a bit of action. (The BBC report found 2 of them. Neither of them mentioned StWC as a significant source of information, and at least one had been looking for wars to fight in for some time.) By your logic, anyone who ever overstated the injustices of the six-county statelet should bear responsibility for the actions of the PIRA and INLA. Cause and effect, or whatever.

    “Mythical Odessa massacre”. Are you saying that nobody died as a result of arson and violence in and around the trade union building in Odessa on 2 May 2014? Or that the events have been mythologised?


    December 12, 2016 at 12:27 am

  9. Francis. I’m sure they just happened to end up in the Donbas after taking a wrong turn and STWC are entirely innocent … There have been many more examples of other Europeans going there, BTW. Particularly Spaniards. And we now have Russians going there because in the screwed Russian economy it pays better.

    Odessa has been thoroughly investigated locally. No one is entirely blameless but Russia used it for an enormous propaganda exercise to the extent of sending a touring exhibition around Europe. I wrote some stuff here paulocanning.blogspot.com/2016/01/ukraine-please-kill-odessa-massacre.html

    Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    December 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  10. Off immediate topic but too good not to share:

    Andrew Coates

    December 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  11. George Galloway is right! the AWL are ‘vile secretive plotters’. They should be expelled and driven out of the workers movement.


    December 13, 2016 at 1:07 am

  12. Galloway has been expelled from the Labour Party: I am a long-standing member. Galloway can fuck off, and continue his career of grovelling to dictators.

    Jim Denham

    December 13, 2016 at 1:35 am

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