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Spiked-on-Line – former Revolutionary Communist Party – Go Mad on Gaza.

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Now Justifying Gaza Killings. 

One of the many bizarre things about British politics is seeing former revolutionary Marxists , and not just any odd bod like Peter Hitchens but a hard organised crew – appear on the telly all the time giving out far-right views.

There was one last Sunday, she came across as a free market loony in full blast.

In my youth the faction, known as the Revolutionary Communist Tendency used to flog their unreadable journal to us lot in the IMG. They denounced us for our ‘reformism’.

Later they broke from the group they were part of (the RCG – don’t even ask) and became this group:

The RCP took a number of positions coined to distinguish independent working-class politics from statist reformism. These included

  • The rejection of all controls on immigration.[5]
  • Opposition to any national economic recovery strategies, such as import controls, which aimed to pit British workers against those overseas.[6]
  • Free abortion and contraception on demand.[7]
  • Decriminalisation of homosexuality.[8] and complete equality under the law.[9]
  • Unconditional support for the struggle against British imperialism in northern Ireland, on the grounds that “British workers cannot ignore the cause of Irish liberation without renouncing their own class interests”.[10]
  • A claim that the police occupied Brixton: “We have to organise on the streets and housing estates to keep the police out.”[11]
  • The party’s campaign Workers Against Racism aimed to organise physical defence against racist attacks.[12]

Now I have a bit of a history with them, I wrote a letter to their paper Living Marxism which caused some controversy.

But not compared the right-wing shite they are now putting out: from pro-Brexit onwards.


The demonisation of Israel is nurturing a new kind of conflict.

Brendan O’Neill.

Here is a grim irony to the florid condemnations of Israel being made by Western observers and politicians following the killing of 60 Palestinians at the Gaza border yesterday. Many of these people who are so disgusted by Israel’s behaviour, so agitated by what it has done that they plan to take to the streets later today to register their fury, have played a significant role in the great beleaguering of Israel in recent years. In the transformation of Israel into an illegitimate entity. In the reduction of it to a uniquely ‘rogue’ state. In the treatment of it as fair game for isolation, boycotting, attack, and possibly destruction: Israel is the only nation on Earth whose erasure can casually become a topic for dinner-party chatter.

And you cannot beleaguer a state like this and then feign surprise when said state feels beleaguered. You cannot contribute to the moral isolation of Israel and then be shocked to discover that Israel feels isolated, and fragile, and possibly on edge, and consequently deeply concerned with defending its borders – borders that so much of the world hates or at least contests – from a hostile incursion. At least, if you are a serious person you cannot do this.

But the second way to view yesterday’s tragic events is as the bloody offspring of the siege of Israel. As the latest, quite easy-to-predict consequence of the beleaguering of Israel both physically, in the region itself, and morally, by much of the Western intellectual elites who in recent years have come to view Israel as the key source of the world’s troubles, and even to question its validity as a nation. Every nation can be expected to defend its borders against a threatened and attempted hostile incursion; a nation whose existence is continually called into question, by everyone from extreme Islamists to Western thinkers, might be anticipated to defend its borders with a particular concern.



Written by Andrew Coates

May 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Posted in Communism, Israel, Trotskyism

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  1. Gross. Brendan O’Neill is a moron.

    Ross Wolfe

    May 16, 2018 at 3:12 pm

  2. You got ’em bang to rights, Coatesy: a bunch of petty bourgeois wankers: https://shirazsocialism.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/spiked-online-a-bunch-of-petty-bourgeois-wankers/

    Jim Denham

    May 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

  3. Back in the day student unions resonated to the sounds of fisticuffs between the Revolutionary Communist Party and the Socialist Worker’s Party. Ah, the days of wine and roses…

    Alexis Callinocos

    May 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm

  4. Well “Alexis”, I thought it was Alex, that must have been the pre-Comrade Delta days, as I doubt the SWP are allowed on campus these days.
    As for the massacre I wonder if the IDF soldiers would use the excuse, they were only obeying orders?

    Steven Johnston

    May 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm

  5. Nobody outdoes Gerry Downing,

    “The Zionist Andrew Coates defends the Zionist John Lansmam over the auto expulsion of Fred Leplat because he defended Jeremy Corbyn and identified the Zionist anti semitism witch hunt as conflating criticism of the state of Israel with antisemitism, a position that Andrew Coates at least implicitly endorses.

    Then to cover his scabby position he pleads that Fred should never have been expelled as his Socialist Resistance group has a pro imperialist line of supporting US led regime change in Syria.

    And this unprincipled grovelling before the masters of life includes trying to seem acceptable to capitalist society in general by citing Socialist Fight and Gerry Downing as real anti Semites for correctly identifying Zionist power and influence in the West. The same motivation that led Labour Against the Witchhunt to expel Socialist Fight in the vain hope that the witch hunt would stop there. Fred’s comrade Roland Rance voted to expell Gerry Downing, his old comrade, on that unprincipled basis.

    Of course it only open up the floodgates and engulfed themselves. Some are now saying that when the “antisemitic” Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone are expelled that will be the limit. It will not. The end will come when Corbanism is completely tamed, when all leftists are expelled and even a Corbyn government is completely pro Zionist Emily Thornberty is there already. Unless a real fightback begins now against this attack and all the unprincipled manoeuvring of weak leftists to accommodate it.”


    Andrew Coates

    May 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

  6. Corbanism? What on earth is that? As Corbyn is the leader of a pro-capitalist party, from a socialist point of view they not only have been tamed, but neutered.

    Steven Johnston

    May 17, 2018 at 2:41 pm

  7. Mike Stringer

    May 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

  8. Spooky!

    Andrew Coates

    May 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

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