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Factionalism in the Time of Coranavirus Part 11: Chris Williamson Gets Close to Galloway’s Workers Party.

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Getting Close up to Galloway and pro-Brexit ultras of the Workers Party – aka as the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist).

 

Chris Williamson was reported to be organising a ‘grass roots’ event, the ‘Festival of Resistance’ on the 20th of June but we learn from his site, “The Resistance” that,

In view of the ongoing Coronavirus calamity, we have decided to postpone the Festival of Resistance that was planned for the weekend of 20 June this year.

The festival has now been rescheduled for the weekend of 17/18 October in Derby, where we will aim to have an array of excellent speakers, workshops and films.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism asserts that speakers are already lined up,

The Resist Festival is due to feature controversial speakers including the rapper Lowkey, the outspoken academic Noam Chomsky, the activist Max Blumenthal and representatives from the ‘yellow vest’ protests in France.

This is one of his most recent public interventions,

Williamson has some new best friends:

This follows an earlier chum-fest with Galloway in May:

Chris Williamson’s views on the opinions of the Deputy Leader of Galloway’s Workers Party, Joti Brar, (Anti-imperialist, communist, media worker, truthseeker, mum. Workers of the world, unite; we have a world to win! @CPGBML @WorkersPartyGB )are not known.

Here are some of them, “Joti Brar is an active member of the Stalin Society, the website of which contains articles denying Soviet wrongdoing in the Katyn massacre, the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor), and the Moscow Trials which they blame on the Nazis, dismiss as propaganda, or describe as fair process, respectively.”

Williamson could not stand as the Labour candidate in his Derby North constituency in the 2019 General Election as a result of his active suspension. He resigned from the Labour Party and stood as an independent candidate. He won 635 votes, losing his deposit and coming bottom of the poll.

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  1. These two Stalinist shysters and “absolute” anti- … errr “Zionists” deserve each other… and should be well at home aligned with the Brar family business.

    Jim Denham

    July 4, 2020 at 11:59 am

    • It’s quite a cosy little group that’s forming.

      No doubt this is also one of Galloway and Williamson’s favourite reads: George Orwell – Anti-communist propagandist, champion of Trotskyism and state informer.

      Download as a PDF pamphlet
      by Joti Brar: http://stalinsociety.net/?page_id=67

      Andrew Coates

      July 4, 2020 at 1:43 pm

  2. Orwell had many faults (his Little Englander leanings – hatred of the metric system and love of horrible stodgy food – don’t travel well to say the least, and had he lived to see rock music he’d probably have attacked it in such a way as to render him far less revered now) but his fervent anti-Stalinism was one of his greatest attributes.

    It is worth being thankful that even if every voter for Williamson as an independent candidate, and indeed every Green voter as well, in Derby North last December had voted Labour, the Tories would still have won. Had they won enough votes that actually would have swung the seat if directed to the actual Labour candidate it would be far more enraging.

    februarycallendar

    July 4, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    • True about Orwell, there is also the fact that millions of people relate to his writing, from the Road to Wigan Pier, Down and Out in London and Paris, Homage to Catalonia, his essays, 1984, Animal Farm, and (at least I do), of the novels, perhaps, Keep the Aspidistra Flying (though I personally prefer the film to the novel…).

      I bet many of us know a lot of his stuff so well we hardly need to look it up to get a reference.

      All of which tells against critics, like Raymond Williams, who list more reasons than you do February, to be more critical of Orwell.

      He has entered our hearts and minds….

      So the Brar CPGB ((M-L) and that lot can stuff their attack!

      Andrew Coates

      July 4, 2020 at 10:42 pm

  3. I often wonder how Orwell would have evolved politically, had he lived. A futile (if fascinating) exercise because I think by the time of his death he was in political turmoil. ‘februarycaller’ is, of course, quite correct about his weaknesses but I’m far from convinced he would have ended up (for instance) as a Brexiteer, if only because of his anti-Stalinism. Right at the end, he was still saying “My recent novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is NOT intended as an attack on socialism, or on the Britisn Labour Party (of which I am a supporter) but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralised economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism.”

    I would also add that his “List of Crypto-Communists and Fellow-Travelers” has also been widely (sometimes, but not always, cynically) misunderstood (it was advice to the Information Research Department about who not to work with – not a “blacklist” intended to get people sacked from their existing employment: he always opposed the banning of the CP).

    I often feel a lot of people on the left dislike Orwell not for his bad points (little-Englandism, backwardness on many social and cultural issues, etc) but for his *good* points – his anti-Stalinism, his honesty, his ability to see how ridiculous the left of his own day could be (eg the second section of ‘Wigan Pier’), et, etc.

    He also provided his critics with plenty of ammunition (during his lifetime and still today), with his willingness to admit to his own prejudices.

    I would respect Orwell if only for this:

    “These things really happened, that is the thing to keep one’s eye on. They happened even though Lord Halifax said they happened. The raping and butchering in Chinese cities, the tortures in the cellars of the Gestapo, the elderly Jewish professors flung into cesspools, the machine-gunning of refugees along the Spanish roads – they all happened, and they didn’t happen any the less because the ‘Daily Telegraph’ has suddenly found out about them when it is five years too late” – ‘Looking Back on the Spanish War’ [Autumn 1942]

    Jim Denham

    July 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm


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