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“Confusion in politics internationally is great.” Lindsey German, Counterfire.

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“Great disorder under the Heavens and the situation is excellent.”

The Convener of the Stop the War Coalition and leading member of the groupusucle Counterfire, writes a Weekly Briefing.

It always  brings a kind smile weary activist’s’ lips.

Today her latest has a click-bait title:  The Brexit blizzard is there to blind us; it’s time to take out the Tories and that means a general election, argues Lindsey German

She begins by talking about the  ‘Britain is Broken, We can’t afford the Tories’ campaign which the People’s Assembly (largely Counterfire’s enterprises these days) organised.

After this stirring moment the she shifts to an emollient  mood.

The partner of John, ‘actuality of the revolution’ Rees, brought back some happy memories to this reader,

When I first became politically active nearly 50 years ago, there was a sense of working class power in Britain.”

Followed by a swift turn back to the stony realism for which those who who only during the last election were calling for mass action in the streets against the threat of a Tory “coup” can bring to a debate.

Today, while the majority of people still see themselves as working class, there is not that sense of working class power.

Being a kindly gent myself I can only agree with this comment,

The danger is the combination of Labour adopting a second referendum position, while at the same time doing far too little to support and spread the resistance to Tory austerity policies. That would be an unpopular retreat on the one hand, but also a failure to mobilise working class organisation over issues affecting everyone’s lives. In places like Doncaster or Sunderland, where Labour councils are implementing the austerity policies, that could be a very serious failure indeed.

There is much to learn about “neo-liberals” assembled at the G20 summit. One can only applaud that German keeps us on our toes with this bold  analysis:

It is hard for anyone to see anything but further crises and conflict coming out of the summit.

After, wisely, avoiding details about the Gilets Jaunes the august leader observes,

The confusion in politics internationally is great – there is bitter resentment of governments but no clear path forward. It’s a big task for the left, but one we have to take on.

How true, how very true.

German claims that,

We can make a start by demonstrating against the fascist Tommy Robinson next Sunday 9 December who is using the Brexit issue to spread his hate. I’m very glad that this looks like being one united demo now – well done to those making that happen.

In a spirit of unity I hope to present her with this seasonal gift:


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Written by Andrew Coates

December 3, 2018 at 5:18 pm

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  1. There is a sentence in the must read ” What’s Left” by Nick Cohen when the editor of the New Left Review Perry Anderson, just after the collapse of Communism, gives out an anguished cry that the whole thing was over and it had all been for nothing. I suppose that the Lindsey Germans of this world must feel the same. For decades safe within their little SWP fiefdom, dictating policy and interpreting the world for their members then expelling those who insisted on asking questions that world suddenly fell apart.

    First the failure of Respect and then Martin Smith and the allegations of rape dealt the final fatal blows to what was already an ailing failing edifice. In spite of the I told you so attitude of leading Trotskyists when the Soviet Union and then everything else collapsed, that cataclysm affected the whole of the Marxist left and the SWP wasn’t immune. Yet in spite of all this German and the others act as if nothing had happened and that the show must and indeed is going on.

    Although I routinely celebrate the demise of the loonies having witnessed their destructiveness and wrecking tactics over many years it is still a little sad to see the likes of aging Trots like German and Tariq Ali still acting as if it’s 1968 and are awaiting, in the title of one of Ali’s more than usually inaccurate books, ” The Coming British Revolution”. On the other hand it’s quite satisfying to see the demise of people who would have carried out the same kind of mass murder as their guru Leon Davidovitch Trotsky.

    Dave Roberts

    December 4, 2018 at 9:26 am

  2. Was it something I said?

    Dave Roberts

    December 8, 2018 at 9:35 pm

  3. The child holding the placard’s hand looks rather.. um… large…

    Eagle Eye

    December 9, 2018 at 2:40 am

  4. Tommy Robinson has joined the wrong party. If he wanted to join a radically racist and fascist party, he should have joined Momentum. The Labour Party officially died when anti-Semitic and racist Jeremy Corbyn became leader. Just saying… 😉


    December 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

  5. It’s a very bad ‘Photoshop’. Having worked with this imaging software it is easy to see the ‘layers’: the placard with the adult’s hand holding it, some demo/march/gathering background, the young girl, the slogan on the placard. The pasted on slogan is sooooo obvious.


    December 9, 2018 at 10:48 am

  6. To the unaware it would give the false impression that young girls go on marches to ‘STOP THE TORY BREXIT’.


    December 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

  7. Don’t know why you persist on calling Brexit a ‘Tory Brexit’. It is nothing of the sort. There are europhiles and eurosceptics from all across the political spectrum. It is a PEOPLES Brexit because that is what the PEOPLE voted for.


    December 9, 2018 at 11:24 am

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