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Tariq Ali Joins the Labour Party.

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Tariq Ali: on Charlie Hebdo slaughter “when satirical magazines taunt them, they react. It’s as simple as that.”

Those not familiar with the history of the British left may recall Lord Ali.

He was once a leading figure of the International Marxist Group. The only thing I can recall about it is his support, and I agree with him on this, for the legislation of cannabis, ( his application to join the Labour Party in Crouch End was refused, though one may relate the things,….. I am not sure).

Since those halcyon days he has been after many political peregrinations, a prominent supporter of the Liberal Democrats, and most, recently, a voter for the Green Party in his previous domain Highgate.

In his new new estate, Islington, tofu toff Ali had invented himself as Jeremy Corbyn’s oldest friend.

Here is another of his oldest mates.




Written by Andrew Coates

September 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

7 Responses

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  1. Is this irony?
    Two years ago I met, for the first time in several years, another IMG member from the 1970s/80s, Piers C and even he was not being allowed join the Labour Party!
    IIRC, Tariq Ali left the IMG and then applied to join the Labour Party. A very vociferous opponent of him joining was Max Morris, former head of NUT who had resigned from the CPGB a few years previously!


    September 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

  2. No.

    Andrew Coates

    September 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

  3. No! You refuse to gives sources or
    No! It’s not irony/surmise and Tariq has been accepted as member of the LP?


    September 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm

  4. I met Piers Corbyn at a squatters party in the seventies. He was completely bonkers then. Full of conspiracy theories. I remember Private Eye had a sketch called Tariq Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves of Neasden. Fitting.

    Dave Roberts

    September 29, 2018 at 9:55 am

  5. There was a strong rumour that back many decades ago, an emissary from the upper echelons of Labour offered Tariq Ali a safe Parliamentary seat in an electoral area in which there were enough – ahem – persons of Pakistani heritage to decide the vote one way or the other (this was well before the rise of identity politics in Britain and the likes of Naz Shah) but our hero nobly spurned the offer.

    Another memory: Again this is back in the mists of time – Tariq Ali was one of a number of Hanoi apologists and fellow-travellers who went to the North-East of Cambodia and reported with straight faces that there was no such thing as the Ho Chi Minh Trail because they simply hadn’t been able to see it, no matter how hard they had tried. Not long after the victory of the Communists in 1975 (when the veterans of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam were unceremoniously shunted to one side and almost all significant tasks in Saigon etc., awarded to Northerners) the trail became celebrated in Hanoi’s version of history.*

    Lastly, I owe Tariq Ali a quiet apology for mislaying his lovely poster of Trotsky at the demonstration held to make a fuss about the Red Army marching into Czechoslovakia.

    [* Read “The Road to Freedom” by Virginia Morris – with Clive Hills – Orchid Press, Bangkok / 2006]

    Billy Corr

    September 30, 2018 at 9:34 pm

  6. No responses?

    Is nobody not reading this site no more?

    Billy Corr

    October 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

  7. I bet Tariq will come up with a response on his way to the House of Lords…..

    Andrew Coates

    October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

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