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Kate Hoey and Claire Fox in the House of Lords: Two Old Marxist Comrades Take the Ermine.

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Kate Hoey (who claims to have been in the International Marxist Group) and Claire Fox (who definitely was a leading figure in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) are now Peers in the House of Lords.

We – the Trainspotters’ CC –  have had learned discussion on Hoey’s association with the IMG. The most reliable sources suggest she was a “contact”.

This is the claim,

Living in London in the early 1970s she became a vice-president of the NUS.[Jack Straw was NUS president at the time]. Returning from an overseas conference, she found herself sitting next to Tariq Ali on the plane. Tariq persuaded her to join the IMG, which she did in summer 1971.

In subsequent years she used to muddy this connection by claiming that she was in the Spartacus League, a short lived youth wing of the IMG. *She was never at ease with the Irish Republican Trotskyism of the IMG and was also very inimical to Gery Lawless an IMG member at the time.

She felt that having Lawless as a member discredited the IMG. Under the influence of Brian Trench [political influence of course!] she joined the IS in 1972 but her stay there was also limited.

She joined Hackney Labour party and supported the Troops Out Movement for a period before becoming a supporter of the BICO front organisation, Campaign for Labour Representation in Northern Ireland.

Nowadays the IPR group are quiet hostile to her,dubbing her TallyHoey in a recent article!

*  Not to be confused with The Spartacist League of Britain, an offshoot of the  James Robertson (1928 – 2019) International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist).

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This is what she now says of this experience, (2nd of January 2016. Guardian)

She also became vice-president of the National Union of Students, and was briefly was a member of the International Marxist Group, because it “probably had better-looking young men” than other radical-left groups.

As ex-IMG myself I cannot disagree with that!

Fox, a graduate of this Blogger’s old Uni, Warwick, has left many traces, and there  is little doubt about her background. Or her middle name, which JR informs us is Regina. There are plenty of people ready to speak about the well-paid public face of the Red-Brown Star of the Spiked-Brexit Party alliance. She has plenty of platforms already to give her side of the  story, from BBC Radio Four to a frequent, dimming, presence on Sky News Press Review.

Here she was…

There are many RCP haters around, but before signaling our close comrades here is Otto English on form:

Otto English smells something in the air tonight…

But readers of Byline Times will remember that, when Fox became a Brexit Party candidate in the 2019 EU Elections, we raised some serious questions about her suitability as a politician.

For two decades, Fox was a key member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), a fringe hard-left group formed in the late 1970s. I came up close and personal with the RCP myself while a student at the University of Kent, where many of its key personnel taught or studied and it was nothing short of a cult. The group was committed to the IRA struggle and, using front organisations – including notably the Irish Freedom Movement – it pushed the cause, while apologising for its very many violent excesses.

In 1993, the IRA targeted the town of Warrington and, in the resulting terrorist attack, two children were killed. One of them, Johnathan Ball was just three. The other, Tim Parry, 12. This revolting act of murder was met with almost universal revulsion. Even in hardened republican circles it was condemned. But the Irish Freedom Movement and RCP defended it saying that “the right of the Irish people to take whatever measures in their struggle for freedom” was justified.

Incredibly, Claire Fox was selected by the Brexit Party as one of its candidates for North-West England – a region that includes Warrington. Calls from her own party rank-and-file and from Tim Parry’s father Colin to apologise for her past position on IRA terror fell on deaf ears until she was eventually ordered by Brexit Party leaders to ring Mr Parry and say sorry. She did ring Mr Parry, but still failed to recant her position.

Clearly the patriots of the North-West didn’t notice any of this as they roundly elected her to be one of their MEPs.

Fox’s key role in the RCP was a co-publisher of Living Marxism (LM) magazine – a glossy monthly that eventually folded in 2000 after losing a libel action brought by ITN. LM, which was supportive of many a despicable regime – including Serbia – had claimed in an article titled ‘The Picture that Fooled the World’ that photos of a camp at Trnopolje had effectively been staged.

Views on Monarchy and the House of Lords:

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The quickly revised Wikipedia entry calls her now:

Claire Regina Fox, Baroness Fox

I’d add that I distinctly recall Fox being bombastic about her support for the the anti-monarchy Levellers, and the  radical republican wing of Chartism, not very long ago.

The Cds in full throttle:

 

Update: Links on the RCP/Living Marxism.

SPIKED FOOTNOTES

Bob From Brockley

My post on what Boris Johnson advisor Munira Mirza and brief Brexit MEP Claire Fox have in common – a background in the formerly left-wing sect that rebranded from the Revolutionary Communist Party to Spiked – has become unexpectedly timely of late.

The RCP’s long march from anti-imperialist outsiders to the doors of Downing Street  Bella Caledonia.

One Step Beyond – Smash the Revolutionary Communist Party  Nottingham Anarchists,

The Brexit Party, the RCP and the American connection. John Rogan.

More to follow….

The pattern of rewards for Leavers, or Leavings, is one side of the Peerage scandal.

 

Then there is this:

 

 

Labour Hub:

At least three more reasons for Lords reform

By Mike Phipps

For Kate Hoey, it’s been a long journey from the heady days of the far left International Marxist Group to the red leather benches of Britain’s Upper House. It encompasses thirty years as the MP for Vauxhall, following a controversial selection process, in which Labour’s NEC imposed a shortlist which excluded the most popular candidate, Haringey councillor and Broadwater Farm activist Martha Osamor. In Parliament, Hoey was a maverick, voting against the Labour government policy on the war in Iraq, foundation hospitals, university tuition and top-up fees, ID cards and extended detention without trial. In the 2010 leadership election she even nominated John McDonnell.

But she also opposed Blair’s ban on handguns and smoking ban and supports grammar schools and fox hunting. In 2019 she was the only Labour MP to vote against allowing abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

But it is for her ardent support for Brexit that she is being rewarded. She even criticised the BBC for   being “embittered remainers” who were “taking delight” in “undermining our country”. In July 2018 Hoey was one of five Labour MPs who defied the Labour whip to vote with the government on a Brexit amendment, which, if passed, would have required the UK to remain a member of a customs union with the EU in the event of ‘no deal’. In doing so, the five saved the government from defeat. In December 2019’s general election, she announced she would vote in Northern Ireland for the arch-conservative Democratic Unionist Party. She has been duly rewarded.

Claire Fox is another ex-leftist who has travelled far from her Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) roots to Brexit Party MEP. But her involvement in the RCP was not just a youthful dalliance. She was centrally involved in the leadership of this weird cult for two decades, co-publishing its magazine Living Marxism, later rebranded as LM, which closed in 2000 after the courts found it had falsely accused Independent Television News of faking evidence of the Bosnian genocide. Fox refused to apologise. So why has this genocide denier been rewarded with a peerage?

Again, the answer is Brexit. Fox and her co-thinkers moved in a libertarian direction in the 21st century and regrouped around the contrarian Spiked online website. Recent headlines include “Portland has been given over to the mob: Cowardly politicians let the protests spiral out of control”, “Keep masks out of the classroom” and “The left is turning into a Woke Taliban”. In 2019, Fox became a Brexit Party supporter and was elected as an MEP. Many of her old RCP comrades are now “fixtures in the Tory press”, noted one Guardian columnist.

Dame Louise Casey may have a less murky past, but she is no stranger to controversy. Appointed as “homelessness czar” under Tony Blair, with a mandate to reduce rough sleeping, she attacked homeless charities, including The Big Issue for keeping people on the streets. She initiated a “beggars hotline”, where people could donate money to homelessness charities, rather than giving money directly to beggars. It was axed after raising just £10,000 in its first winter, despite £240,000 being spent promoting it.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 31, 2020 at 7:37 pm

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  1. Andrew Coates

    August 1, 2020 at 6:44 am

  2. Some small snippets of esoterica here; firstly I’m assuming the Don Milligan who stood in Vauxhall for the RCP was the same Don Milligan who led the lonely and rather brave battle for gay rights in the IS in the very early 70’s, against the ingrained prejudices of his time and the same prejudices amongst a lot of the IS top brass who saw such things as a “diversion” ? He is still around, seemingly none the worse for his experiences and running what seems to be an eminently sane blog from Manchester. More interestingly, the writer of the TNS article is Kenan Malik, now a seemingly ubiquitous writer in liberal left circles, with a weekly column in the Observer. I’m assuming he has broken with the RCP structured diaspora, but so convoluted is it, one can never be sure. Finally, will Kate Hoey accept ermine ? After all, I’m sure she’d prefer proper fox hair to a stoat like creature not worth the while of hunting on horseback.

    David Walsh

    August 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm

  3. Guardian catches up with us lot:

    Andrew Coates

    August 1, 2020 at 1:22 pm

  4. They are both firmly BREXIT advocates.

    Sue R

    August 1, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      August 1, 2020 at 3:24 pm

  5. And back to Comrade Milligan who appears on deeper reading to be a man after this blogs heart He had the RCP bang to rights as early as 2008 in this perceptive essay (written as the party’s typesetter no less) This is followed by a later 2018 piece, file:///C:/Users/david%20walsh/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/080208_Radical_Amnesia_and_the_RCP.pdf

    david walsh

    August 1, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    • This Blog knows people who were in the RCP, though not that piece.

      Apparently the core of Spiked itself is the RCP Political Committee along with people who worked for LM, and the group, their mates and partners.

      There was never any organised, factional, protest at its red-brown ‘libertarian’ drift.

      Apart from one or two people who went over the broader radical left and and at least one who is pretty well known (he broke with them a long time ago) the rest of their members could be just about anywhere.

      So this protest David, is of interest.

      “Radical amnesia and theRevolutionary Communist Party
      DON MILLIGAN, January 8th 2008
      My time as a communist was a chequered one, involving a zigzag Stalinism, first from
      Moscow to Beijing (1960-67), thence to Trotskyism (1967-1973), coming out into the anarchic libertarianism of the gay liberation movement (1971-1982), then the double back to the rigours of party life
      in the Revolutionary Communist Party (1983-1990),first as a workplace activist, then as a branch organiser
      and the party’s typesetter.”

      Click to access 080208_Radical_Amnesia_and_the_RCP.pdf

      Blog:

      https://donmilligan.net/articles

      Andrew Coates

      August 1, 2020 at 6:38 pm

  6. Meanwhile in an alternative universe:

    Andrew Coates

    August 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

  7. Andrew Coates

    August 3, 2020 at 6:15 pm

  8. Imagine if Jeremy Corbyn had appointed Munira Mirza as a special advisor. The Press would have had a field day. Claire Fox would be gobbing off on Sky News ‘Review of the Papers’.

    Debs

    August 4, 2020 at 3:24 am


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