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Tony Greenstein’s New Best Friends: George Galloway (Telly Putin), the New Worker and the Morning Star.

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Ken Livingstone to appear next?

Greenstein also features in the lead  Editorial of this week’s New Worker (23rd of February), pushing ahead of pressing issues such as the achievements of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at PyeongChang 2018, “Dear leader” “Kim Jong Il’s Birthday (“long been known as the Day of the Shining Star) and praise for President Assad’s “popular front government in Damas”.

Apparently Greenstein got expelled from Labour because of allegations about “so-called anti-Semites”.

Against this they note that he is “Jewish”.

“Putting someone who is Jewish in the same category as Adolf Hitler us a trick perhaps only the most brazen Blairites and Zionists can do.” comments the august publication of the New Communist Party of Britain.

Due to technical difficulties caused by imperialist sanctions the latest issue is not online yet.

Greenstein’s persecution by Zionist Blairites has also earned him an Editorial eulogy and this moving tribute from this aspiring poet in the Communist Party of Britain’s Morning Star.

We Are Delighted To Announce
for Tony Greenstein  

The first execution of a man convicted
of using inappropriate language..

The screeching was confined to
a few pseudonymous moderates
post-coitally whispering the hope
that this legally implemented death
not be the last of its kind.

We must be sure and include
our least favourite black woman, the Irish,
and, at a minimum, one more Hebrew
in the commonsense cleansing we envisage.

Kevin Higgins.

It is believed that the Irish person referred to is none other than Cde Gerry Downing.

As yet neither the Communist Party of Britain (MarxistLeninist),  Communist Party of Great Britain (MarxistLeninist)  nor the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (MarxistLeninist) have given public endorsement to Tony Greenstein.

We await their support.

 

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  1. More likely Kevin Higgins is referring to himself as he was suspended from the LP for writing a satirical poem about Tony Blair. He’s no Stalinist or Palestine solidarity type if that helps you. He’s just an old fashioned socialist displaying solidarity with other socialists against the Labour right.

    Eric

    February 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

  2. Have you been following the Greenstein saga?

    Do you know his background, who he is and why he is called “Monster Raving”?

    It’s a long, a very long story:

    Andrew Coates

    February 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

  3. I don’t know about the leaflet at Sussex University. Whatever the facts about it, it is not relevant to his expulsion. You may have good reason to dislike Tony Greenstein, but every socialist should reject the case for his expulsion. We should have the right to write abusive comments about eg. Emily Thornberry on twitter or even just write satirical poems about Tony Blair.

    Eric

    February 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

  4. Have you actually read the account of the Labour Party Constitutional Committee case?

    It is full of stuff like the above, and worse.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pqDOysXUuYujuCoUBmGz3C1lVfe2iFkK/view

    Andrew Coates

    February 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm

  5. Yes, I’ve read it. There’s a small number of examples of genuinely abusive online behaviour and one or two sexist remarks. There’s a large number of very moderate language as well which the committee included. Your “Monster Raving” would fall under this category and could theoretically be brought up in a disciplinary. It’s personalised and pejorative and repeated so it could count as “online bullying”. The reasoning in that document really is that disturbing.

    If there was evidence of actual harassment or bullying from his local party I would change my tune. But believe me I defend his right, my right and your right to eg. call Owen Jones a Janus faced whore.

    Eric

    February 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

  6. Incidentally Galloway (and I’m no fan) makes a very sound point about Nye Bevan and his description of the Tories as vermin.

    Eric

    February 25, 2018 at 5:11 pm

  7. I see Coates has become a full blooded supporter of the witch hunt and myself and no lie is too far fetched for him not to drag it up.

    Kevin Higgins is NOT Gerry Downing whom I was responsible for expelling from Labour Against the Witchhunt. He is someone suspended from the Labour Party for writing a satirical poem about Blair.

    THe Sussex University letter comes from someone who was a sabbatical and no confidenced by the Union General Meeting – uniquely as far as I can recall. He was an overt Zionist and his complaint was that at the Union General Meeting, of some 900 students, the Zionist attempt to stop me speaking as a guest speaker on the grounds of, yes you got it, antisemitism, was brushed aside by the students. This was just after the massacre at Sabra and Chatilla when 2000 Palestinian civilians were butchered by the Phalangists in Beirut as the Israeli soldiers lit the night sky up for them with flares.

    Unsurprisingly the UGM passed overwhelmingly a motion calling for a democratic secular state and rejecting the Zionist nonsense about 2 states. And yes the poor little Zionist dears ran to Nigel Savage telling him how upset and oppressed the little racists were.

    As for abuse and the Labour Party I have had far more abuse than I’ve given but the Labour leadership only sees the responses of us not the initiators.

    Anyway it’s nice to know that Coates, who used to think of himself on the Left has now joined the Right in their witch hunting of socialists. Which leaves the question, what is your purpose apart from snide attacks on the Left?

    Tony Greenstein

    February 26, 2018 at 3:51 pm

  8. Oddly you have not defended your appearance on RT at George Galloway’s kind invitation.

    Do you think Galloway is on the left?

    DO you think that somebody who gets his enthusiastic backing is left?

    Do you relish being feted by the man who writes for the far-right Westmonster site – one of his many adventures, including this (I wonder if you sat in the same chair as Farage?)

    Andrew Coates

    February 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm

  9. Haven’t these people, who’ve been expelled by the labour party, got anything better to do with their time & money?
    If they are socialists/communists they why on Earth did they join the labour party in the first place?
    But isn’t there now, an another group called Labour against the labour against the witch hunts?

    Steven Johnston

    March 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

  10. Their objective is to turn the Labour Party into a club where they can endlessly debate ‘Zionism’.

    Then they would be happy…

    Andrew Coates

    March 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

  11. Not just “debate” Zionism, but insult, threaten, and sling racist and sexist abuse at anyone suspected of being a “Zionist” or having “Zionist” sympathies.

    Jim Denham

    March 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

  12. Now they’ve been found and kicked out, I still don’t see what the problem is. They can still vote labour and if labour isn’t left enough for them, they can vote for a party that is. Am I missing something here?

    Steven Johnston

    March 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

  13. Gerry Downing latest message to the world, “The project of the AWL and the Jewish Chronicle.” “Just to emphasise the logic of the witchhunt begun by the expulsions from the LAW the reactionary Zionist Andrew Coates……”

    The AWL’s Dale Street, Netanyahu’s and Trump’s shrill, slanders Jackie Walker to sink Ken Livingstone Leave a comment
    26/02/2018 by socialistfight

    By Gerry Downing.

    https://socialistfight.com/2018/02/26/the-awls-dale-street-netanyahus-and-trumps-shrill-slanders-jackie-walker-to-sink-ken-livingstone/

    Andrew Coates

    March 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

  14. I’d love to ask the Labour left, what went wrong in 1983 then! Didn’t they have one of them in charge back then?

    Steven Johnston

    March 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm

  15. All this talk of witch-hunts though, reminds me of the letters page of the Fortean Times. I’m still don’t believe there actually is one, but it does get confusing as there are three sides to this, the Labour party, Labour against the witch-hunts and now there is a Labour against the labour against the witch-hunts.

    Steven Johnston

    March 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

  16. “He’s just an old fashioned socialist displaying solidarity with other socialists against the Labour right.”

    So, the labour left can block, criticise and expel the labour right, but not vice-versa?

    Steven Johnston

    March 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm

  17. I can confirm that the ‘Irish’ I refer to in the poem is myself. Kindly correct this article Mr Coates

    Kevin Higgins

    March 4, 2018 at 2:29 am

  18. Andrew
    As my dear late grandma used to say while holding my head when I was occasionally sick as a child “ better out than in”. Sometimes I would try to hold on to avoid the horrible sensation of being sick,but inevitably felt better once I let go . I’m minded of this story and Labour’s reluctance to call time on this individual. Now that they have, I’m sure they will be much better off.

    Harvey

    March 4, 2018 at 10:28 am


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