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Le Monde Diplomatique Publishes “Comedian” Chris McGlade as Pro-Brexit Voice of the Working Class.

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Chris McGlade, “kicking back at the metropolitan liberal elite.”

“To defend the value of our votes, working-class communities had no choice but to vote Conservative, thanks to their betrayal by the Labour Party, writes Chris McGlade” – now supporter of George Galloway.

Le Monde Diplomatique is one of the world’s best known political publications.

“Worldwide there were 71 editions in 26 other languages (including 38 in print for a total of about 2.2 million copies and 33 electronic editions).”

It has claims to be on the left.

In the February issue (French edition, I have a Sub.) the monthly published a lengthy account of the British Labour’s electoral defeat by a Chris Bickerton, Pourquoi le Labour a perdu. Chris Bickerton. Bickerton is a supporter of the ‘Full Brexit‘ initiative.

This is a pro-Brexit alliance between members of the Communist Party of Britain, the socially conservative “anti-immigration and pro-family‘ Blue Labour  current, including anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery the Communist Party of Britain, the British representative of the ‘Lambertist’ Trotskyist movement, Labour Party and other left sovereigntists,  and supporters (when it existed) of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. The Full Brexit also includes a number of hard to classify anti-EU figures, from the Greens, ‘red-Tories’, and individuals who could be generously called ‘eccentric’.

Many of the Full Brexit  are part of the Spiked ‘network’, whose origins lie in the Revolutionary Communist Party, such as former RCP cadre, James Heartfield, (born, James Hughes) who initially was going to stand as a Brexit Party candidate in the General Election in Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency.

Spiked’s present day campaigns include fighting “woke culture”, environmentalism, and censorship. It is now engaged in sustained attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement (today, “The tidal wave of woke sentiment, unleashed in the name of anti-racism, threatens the very foundations of liberal democracy.”)

Chris Bickerton has contributed to the Spiked site, the last time in 2017. More recently, immediately after the UK General Election,  he has written for the Guardian, Labour’s lost working-class voters have gone for good. The Guardian notes that, he ” teaches politics at Cambridge University and is a founding member of The Full Brexit.”

While the British daily does not explain what the Full Brexit is, the paper at least it signals the affiliation.

Le Monde Diplomatique contents itself with listing that Bickerton is “Politiste, université de Cambridge.”

Next to this article (in the print edition) is the following which does flag out the Full Brexit (without explaining the nature of this alliance of left sovereigntists and the far-right populist Brexit Party).


This is what McGlade says,

I’ve been a member of the Labour Party. I flirted with Militant when I was 18. I was in three trades unions. All my family are working-class, Irish immigrant stock and Labour supporters for decades. We’re not brainwashed, but we all voted Conservative.

The Labour Party no longer represents working-class people in the northeast. It no longer speaks to us. It doesn’t think like us. It’s not us anymore. We have no voice. And, so, we voted for the only party who were offering to respect what we voted for in 2016. Yesterday, we voted in Redcar for democracy and the worth of our vote. If we’d lost that through a pack of middle-class progressive liberals getting elected and holding a second referendum, we’d have lost everything. They’ve taken everything off us up here, even our party. Our vote, our only protection against them, couldn’t be taken away from us as well.

In  recent post Tendance Coatesy  expressed scepticism about the credentials of this type.

As political activists are all too well aware, it’s something of a boastful excuse for people to claim to have been Labour supporters, “for decades”  when they are about to justify their right-wing views and vote for the Tories or the extreme Right, UKIP or British National Party.

A justified reservation, though it turns out a lot more than a pinch of salt is needed to take McGlade seriously.

On Tendance Coatesy David Walsh comments,

Chris McGlade ? The new working class hero of Le Monde Diplomatique is well known to many of us on Teesside. He is a clown (both professionally as a self-styled stand up comedian) and as a….well….clown. He is an obsessive conspiracist. In the 1990’s / early 2000′ I was the leader of the local unitary council. In that period he was obsessed by what he saw as huge conspiracies involving developers, local councils and secretive quasi masonic bodies.

He first battened on to me with a series of comments that I was in receipt of huge back handers from industry and builders – all handed to me in the time honoured fashion of A4 sized brown envelopes. (I did point out that if I was getting such bungs, I’d want it done electronically, and (b) if it had to be brown envelopes, then the passing on of the goodies must not, as he alleged, be done in the lounge of the largest pub in the town………)

He dwells on his past as a steelworker, although I have no memory of him putting in any shifts anywhere on South Tees, and being a fervent leftie and working class Labour supporter. Again, if he was, I, and others, would remember all those leafleting sessions and canvassing that was the lot of us all then……. but memory in a funny thing. Still, he now neatly fits the needed narrative for our times if you are from the Lexit, Brexit Spiked / Red Brown Front, so the working class hero is made flesh and blood. BTW Welcome Back.

Comrade David Walsh is clearly on to something.

Here is some of life-long  ‘Labour’ supporter McGlade’s past,

(Northern Echo. 2005),

CAMPAIGNING comedian and a former London policeman have joined the race for the Redcar seat at the next General Election.

Jonathan Lehrle, chief of staff to Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Ancram, has been unanimously selected as Tory candidate by Redcar Conservative Association.

Chris McGlade, who made his name as a stand-up comic before leading a campaign against Redcar’s Coatham Enclosure plans, will stand as an Independent.”

Here is some of his present.

In February the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) had this account of  Chris McGlade speaking at George Galloways ‘Workers’ Party’ meeting,

Comrade Galloway closed the morning session by introducing a working-class poet and comedian from Teesside (northeast England), Chris McGlade, whose heartfelt and moving contribution received another standing ovation.

Welcome to Le Monde Diplomatique’s new political pundits.

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  1. Your actions in trawling Mr McGlade back to the surface of my memory bank sparked me to look at his twitter site. He’s not changed. A cursory reading for the last fortnight shows a man whose mind is at the end of its tethe about the manifest conspiracies swirling around the pandemic, the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (the “pink pills for pale people” de nos jours ) the fear of a Brexit extension – a fear that was behind the protests “of the elites” about Dominic Cummings, (the only man who could stop this happening), relief that the Redcar Macy D’s is set to re-open, and adoration of his new No 1 BFF, the fedora hatted one – but he cannot say too much more as the army is tapping the social media of this “prophet of the working class”.

    david walsh

    June 12, 2020 at 10:18 am

    • He is well suited to Galloway’s ‘Workers’ Party’, and the main force in it, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), defenders of Joseph Stalin, North Korea, and this:

      Andrew Coates

      June 12, 2020 at 10:40 am

  2. These Tory and far-right “lifelong Labour supporters” need to be exposed as the liars and poseurs they are. Similarly Claire Fox’s claim to have “devoted” her “life to Marxism”. Well done Coatesy and David!

    Jim Denham

    June 12, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    • I’ve said it before to David, this kind of claim about being lifelong whatever is something we all know about, from elected councillors to all kinds of activists

      I think the first time I heard it a lot was when I was in my early twenties, just I was about to move to France, from people who joined up to the SDP, for those too young to have direct knowledge of that one this was it.

      “The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is a political party in the United Kingdom established in 1990. It traces its origin to the Social Democratic Party which was formed in 1981 by a group of dissident Labour Party Members of Parliament (MPs) and former MPs Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams, who became known as the Gang of Four.”

      Not the use of the present tense above.

      This is why (Note the two rascals cited),

      “As of 2019, the SDP had two councillors. It gained its first and only European parliamentarian when Patrick O’Flynn, Member of the European Parliament for East of England, defected to the SDP from the UK Independence Party in November 2018.[4] Prominent members include journalists Rod Liddle and Giles Fraser


      Andrew Coates

      June 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm

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