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Communist Party of Britain, “under siege”.

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British Communists “under siege”.

The Morning Star is in a huff.

Like P.G Wodehouse’s Scotsman with a grievance there is no hiding this behind a beam of sunshine

The bid to mark communists as illegitimate, sinister forces is a bid to isolate the Labour left

It is fine to criticise (and rightly too!) Tony Blair, “associated with launching foreign wars” and Gordon Brown, “lumping the NHS with disastrously expensive PFI contracts” not to mention “serial election-loser Neil Kinnock” but not the tender skinned Communist Party of Britain and its esteemed organ (sorry, Co-operative of all the left) the Morning Star.

Marshelling the youth in their support  Ben Chacko states,

Hundreds of thousands of predominantly young people wishing to get involved in politics for the first time have been met by powerful Establishment insiders with ridicule and slander.

This is, as they say, no accident:

The attacks have often sought to delegitimise the Labour left by associating it with a supposedly unacceptable non-Labour left. In 2015 and 2016 the mass membership were often accused of being Trotskyist infiltrators.

More recently attacks have focused on whether Corbyn is a Marxist and which of his allies can be accused of being communists.ore recently attacks have focused on whether Corbyn is a Marxist and which of his allies can be accused of being communists.

To state the obvious: the anti-capitalist left in the form of the Communist Party and various other socialist parties has not been large enough in the recent past to have significantly infiltrated Labour or be responsible for either of Corbyn’s victories. And yes, some allies of Corbyn who are now in Labour have come from those traditions.

And who might they be?

Our newshounds will find out!

Er…

As for the lengthy defence of the domestic record of the old CPGB, which for reasons which are not explained, the writer claims exclusive rights to for the faction known now known as the CPB, which kept control of the Morning Star.

Their intentional commitments are equally celebrated.

We recall this:

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And as for referring to (unnamed) individuals from the Communist tradition, let us not pass by this chap,

Next Tuesday is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Josef Stalin… A socialist system embracing a third of the world and the defeat of Nazi Germany on the one hand. On the other, all accompanied by harsh measures imposed by a one-party regime. Nevertheless, if you believe that the worst crimes visited on humanity this century, from colonialism to Hiroshima and from concentration camps to mass poverty and unemployment have been caused by imperialism, then [Stalin’s birthday] might at least be a moment to ponder why the authors of those crimes and their hack propagandists abominate the name of Stalin beyond all others. It was, after all, Stalin’s best-known critic, Nikita Khrushchev, who remarked in 1956 that ‘against imperialists, we are all Stalinists’.”

Andrew Murray. 17 December 1999). “Eye’s Left”Morning Star.

As for the rest of the think skinned article, few would disagree with these intentions:

We need to strengthen what remains a fragile advance by broadening our perspective to that of the labour movement. We need to develop areas of union militancy to ensure the movement as a whole becomes more combative: the New Deal for Workers initiative promoted at the TUC by the CWU, Unite and GMB unions can do exactly this.

We need to fight together in community-based anti-austerity campaigns like the People’s Assembly, making it a visible presence in towns and cities.

And we need to be pushing for local Labour parties and allies to ready themselves for elections, whether local or general, by mobilising the membership around the many excellent policies Labour has — without saying that they are enough or there are not still weaknesses in its programme — to begin addressing our broken economy and refusing to allow contempt and abuse from Westminster to divert us from our purpose.

The Morning Star is trying to report on and agitate for that labour movement advance. Despite the abuse we received for a free distribution (thanks to support from the CWU and Unite unions north of the border) at Scottish Labour conference — abuse which included a Times columnist offensively comparing it to the Conservatives allowing distribution of a BNP paper — we remain a paper of the movement, with 10 trade unions — representing a majority of Britain’s trade union members — on our management committee. And that movement needs to fight in unity. At the moment we are under siege.

The bid to mark communists as illegitimate, sinister forces is a bid to isolate the Labour left.

For some reason, which escapes me, the Morning Star, proud of its pro-Brexit stand, is quiet on the issue at the heart of every political discussion at present.

The fight is on for a People’s Brexit.

Roger Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, writing in the Morning Star, states,

 ..we must promote it with our allies wherever we can over the next two months, in local communities and the labour movement. And in the campaign that lies ahead, we should emphasise that opposition to the EU comes not only from the right. We have the joint declaration signed by 28 Communist and workers’ parties condemning the EU, pointing out that it is “unreformable” and urging instead the construction of a workers’ and people’s Europe.

Perhaps the Morning Star might consider that this promotion has ruffled more than a few feathers.

Whingeing about being “under siege” is not going to change that.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm

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  1. “More recently attacks have focused on whether Corbyn is a Marxist”

    If only.

    jschulman

    March 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm

  2. So the Labour Party is no longer social Fascist then

    Scott Reeve

    March 15, 2019 at 11:10 pm

  3. These people have delusions of grandeur like the SWP.

    Dave Roberts

    March 16, 2019 at 9:19 am


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