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Piers Corbyn: From International Marxist Group to Red-Brown Charlatan.

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Ex-International Marxist Group activist now stands with Holocaust denier David Icke and the far-right.


The Guardian carries an article, on the demonstration, Coronavirus sceptics, conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers protest in London.

But, this, written in a respectful tone, is how it talks about three of the best-known participants..

Among those due to speak were Piers Corbyn, the weather forecaster and older brother of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the former newspaper columnist and health journalist Dr Vernon Coleman, and the conspiracist celebrity David Icke.

Although the demonstration focused on coronavirus restrictions, those taking part espoused anti-authoritarian grievances ranging from the lockdown to the imprisonment of Julian Assange to claims of elite child sexual abuse.

On the eve of the protest, Corbyn told the Guardian that a number of groups had come together to join in with the demonstration.

“In terms of whether you believe that the virus is a hoax or not, whatever is happening now is less than or equal to a normal flu, so the lockdowns and all that goes with them is unjustifiable in any terms,” he said.

“We are calling for MPs to refuse renewal of the Covid Act [Coronavirus Act], and if they do not, we will campaign to have them removed from office.”

One of the aspects of Piers Corbyn which is not given a wide airing is the revulsion that his former comrades in the International Marxist Group (IMG) and others on the radical left feel about his present politics.

In the 1970s Piers was better known on the left than his brother.

From Imperial College to the Squatters’ movement, he was a well-known figure on the left. He was active in the IMG, standing in 1977 in Lambeth Central for a GLC election under the group’s name. Not everybody appreciated his efforts to create a Squatters’ union. Like the rest of the British section of the Fourth International he joined the Labour Party and was a party councillor in Southwark between 1986 and 1990. He remained in the Borough, and people speak of him in the 1990s selling left publications in his local pub.

Corbyn appears in the 2006 BBC Documentary ‘Lefties‘, in the first episode, Property is Theft, about squatting in the 1970s.

PIers made a career forecasting the weather, forming WeatherAction, in 1995. The meteorologist was still sending out EMails about his prognostic power to leftists (using a wider list) when the Internet began to take off in the new millennium. He fell out with the same left when he began promoting climate change denial in the same decade, and was pushed out of left-wing politics. His thinking was wildly at odds with his former Fourth International comades, who took an Eco-Socialist turn at the same time and joined the fight for “Global Climate Justice”.

Interviewed in 2016 (Guardian) he was without regrets: “Like his brother, physicist and meteorologist Piers Corbyn is a man of revolutionary zeal. His own battle, however, is against all this ‘climate-change nonsense’…

He has certainly changed, and not just because of his climate change denialism.

This is one of the leaflets he has been distributing this year.


We must “unite against the globalist common enemy”, the “Nazified NHS”, “AntiFa and BLM are funded by mega billionaire Soros. The (BLM) concerns and attacks on statues are “orchestrated by the richest most evil men and mega corporations” to “divert your attention and bring in a ‘New Normal’ – New World Order” “Covid ..is nothing more dangerous than a cold or flu.”

Most people would say that somebody who produces this material is not entitled to any respect whatsoever.

This is the far-right charlatan yesterday in London.

These are some more of this friends.

And these:



There is a view that the a core group protesters who assembled against the Lockdown in Trafalgar Square come from a long-established fan-base of David Icke. Others, from  Save Our Rights UK organisation, Q Anon, ‘Wellness’ anti-Vaxx campaigners, and anti 5-G obsessives, are of a more recent ilk. They are political confusionism, a mixture of right and left united against an enemy that they define in their imagination.

This is an international phenomenon as this report on a demonstration in Ireland last week indicates,

A Garda investigation has begun into an anti-face mask rally held in Dublin at the weekend on suspicion it breached coronavirus regulations prohibiting the organising of events.

Separately, a number of disturbances at the rally were also under criminal investigation, including one incident during which men who were armed with sticks or batons clashed with others present. *

They wore black caps and scarves covering their faces, as well as PPE-type latex gloves, and clashed with a number of other men present in what appeared to be a pre-planned attack. One man suffered significant injuries before gardaí restored order. *

The event was organised by the Health Freedom Ireland, which says it is a non-political organisation, with support from Yellow Vest Ireland.


Other speakers included members of the Irish Freedom Party which wants to “regain control” of Ireland’s border to more closely control immigration.

Berlin yesterday:

There is a sharp political edge, one underlined by Piers Corbyn: the anti Bill Gates and above all, George Soros, theme.

Soros is a hate figure for the far-right and some on the ‘anti-imperialist’ left (see above picture about Syria).

George Soros Conspiracy Theories Surge as Protests Sweep US.

USNews and World Report.

George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, is now being falsely accused of orchestrating and funding the protests over police killings of Black people that have roiled the United States. Amplified by a growing number of people on the far right, including some Republican leaders, online posts about Soros have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

They have been accompanied by online ads bought by conservative groups that call on authorities to “investigate George Soros for funding domestic terrorism and his decades-long corruption.”

We can add Piers Corbyn to that list of conspiracy theorists.

The leftist rhetoric about the New World Order, first used in the 1990s after the First Gulf War, has been moulded after a well established pattern into a rant about mysterious figures controlling the planet.

It is said that there is a special place in Hades for renegades from the IMG who turn to the far-right.

Worse than this (story not verified):



Written by Andrew Coates

August 30, 2020 at 10:35 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    August 30, 2020 at 10:26 pm

  2. Here’s the Guardian take on his arrest and “sot fine” fixed penalty notice for £10 grand. The Guardian must read Coatesy as they picked up on the BUF flag in evidence; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/30/piers-corbyn-fined-10000-for-organising-anti-lockdown-rally

    David Walsh

    August 31, 2020 at 1:09 am

    • I was only one of the first people who picked that up, immediately somebody else tweeted the photo.

      Surely the USP here is the stuff about the IMG…

      I am in two minds about the fine. The charge was of not doing a proper risk assessment. IT does still look like political repression.

      But I can’t help feeling that nobody on the left would be leaping to Corbyn’s defence if he was called Tommy Robinson.

      Andrew Coates

      August 31, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      • I don’t know if the fine was based on some kind of sliding scale, itself based on the size of a gathering. Someone may know. It does seem a lot, esp given the Met knew weeks in advance abut the gathering.

        david walsh

        August 31, 2020 at 12:27 pm

        • As you say there was advance notice, as far as I know demos these days (and they always had to be negotiated with the rozzers) are subject to some stiff agreements beforehand.

          So why the fine? Is there something we don’t know about, a refusal to go through with this process?

          Andrew Coates

          August 31, 2020 at 12:57 pm

  3. And the guy who was waving the BUF flag has been outed here; https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2015/09/29/scotland-s-stupid-revolutionaries/ He seems to like black uniforms and armbands, and has boilerplated the 1938 BUF manifesto in full – plus a new policy about legalising grass and skunk, because, er, hemp seed can be used to create bio plastics and that’s good for the environment. (a good one to try out at your local magistrates court)

    david walsh

    August 31, 2020 at 11:47 am

  4. I am tempted to suggest they are all mentally ill.


    August 31, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    • https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/who-were-the-so-called-top-doctors-and-nurses-that-addressed-the-anti-covid-measures-demo-as-global-death-toll-reaches-843k/30/08/?fbclid=IwAR2GN4pGisfYaIsCnfO-o9UM9BH3JeOOH7RzygSWOOmsd1L4_KCUCw_Ogj4

      Just one example:

      “Despite being called a “real doctor” often Eric Nepute is not an MD or DO — so not allow to be recognized as a medical doctor in the US where he shot to fame with contradictory claims about Covid inc Schweppes Tonic Water is a cure. “I’m a physician,” he claims at one point in the viral video. He’s a chiropractor…

      In case you are tempted to treat a relative with a coronavirus infection with a glass of tonic water, the ingredient Nepute refers to is Quinine which is a treatment – but for Malaria. And in therapeutically relevant amounts. The Food and Drug Administration limits quinine content in tonic water to no more than 83 parts per million.

      He appears to also believe in Donald Trump’s dangerous conspiracy theories about postal voting in November’s US election, that many warn are an attempt to limit voting and tamper with the election.”

      Andrew Coates

      August 31, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      • Not to mention Piers Corbyn,

        “God only knows knows why Jeremy Corbyn’s less successful brother Piers Corbyn was on the bill. The seasoned climate change denier and conspiracy theorist who keeps some pretty creepy conspiracy theorist company.

        The 73-year-old is infamous for appearing at events alongside other conspiracy theorists, including Holocaust denier Nicholas Kollerstrom. Piers Corbyn is also a member of Clexit – a pressure group celebrating Brexit, and calling for the next step of Britain abandoning any agreements to reduce carbon pollution and tackle global warming – which they claim is a hoax.

        The conspiracy theorist who has also promoted theories about false flags, earthquakes being caused by the Sun, 5G and anti-vaccination propaganda was among 19 arrested at the rally. It is the third time in three months he has been arrested at such events.

        Former UKip leader Gerard Batten sacked for “bringing the party into disrepute” enjoyed Piers’ speech.”

        Andrew Coates

        August 31, 2020 at 4:20 pm

  5. Would I be correct in stating that even the Spiked crowd have kept their distance from this bunch of loons?

    Jim Denham

    August 31, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    • Partially, in that they haven’t gone into full throated support for Piers & Co. At the moment they are too elated with the return of turkey twizzlers to the nations food stores to notice. But they do show some reflex twitches towards this nuttiness. Their website does include the thoughts of a Scots epidemiologist, Professor Mark Woolhouse from Edinburgh Uni (https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/08/25/government-scientist-lockdown-was-a-monumental-mistake/) who feels the whole lockdown is a bit of a con – but how accurately this reflects the professors views is hard to gauge as it seems to be a reprinted article from that paper of record, the Daily Express (which had previous form in giving us Pier’ C’s weather forecasts in the past). Mind, I have to say the Professor also shows up on the web radar for angering residents on Lismore by temporarily moving to the tiny Hebridean island with his family from Edinburgh, in seeming contravention of Holyrood advice.

      david walsh

      August 31, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      • Piers Corbyn and Piers Morgan clash in explosive Good Morning Britain interview

        The wide-ranging interview took place after Piers Corbyn said he was slapped with a £10,000 fine under newly-introduced coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in central London.

        As the interview kicked off, Piers Morgan introduced him by saying: “He’s controversially denied the existence of climate change, doubted coronavirus and promoted unfounded theories about 5G, and now Piers Corbyn has become one of the first people to be fined £10,000 under coronavirus laws restricting large gatherings.”

        Corbyn immediately corrected Susanna Reid, saying “35,000” attended the rally organised by him in London, rather than hundreds.

        The interview, lasting 12 minutes, regularly dissolved into shouting – with Dr Hilary Jones saying Piers Corbyn “shouldn’t be on air” and his statements were ‘littered with errors’.

        Interjecting in the interview, he took aim at Corbyn’s claims over hydroxychloroquine and zinc as a cure for coronavirus, saying they had been ‘dissed’ already by ‘hundreds of different experts’.

        However, drawing the controversial interview to a close, Piers Morgan went on an explosive rant.

        Piers Corbyn said: “We’re giving the government a chance to prove under standard tests that it exists”

        Piers Morgan said: “Of course it exists, Piers Corbyn! You’re talking complete nonsense, man! 800,000 people have died from this virus, of course it exists.”

        Piers Corbyn responded with: “No, they’re labelled as dying”, to which Piers Morgan said: “nobody is labelled as dying from it, nobody has made-up Covid-19!”

        Corbyn said: “Well, they have made up these figures, and the government has been caught out” to which Morgan hit back with: “What you’re saying is an insult to the families of every single one of the 800,000 people who have died from a deadly virus that has swept this planet.

        And for you to come on national television and tell those families that ‘what killed your relative doesn’t exist’ is a slap in the teeth and a load of conspiracy theory, whackjob nonsense.”


        Andrew Coates

        September 1, 2020 at 10:53 am

    • Jim — Yes, from the Spikies’ FB posts I’ve seen, they’re rather miffed that a lot of certifiable types marred what could have been a worthy civil liberties demonstration. The fact that refusal to wear a mask links in neatly with barmy conspiracy theories, not least with Piers Corbyn, passes them by. Spiked has enough horse-sense not to endorse the really far-gone theories, ones that are openly anti-science, such as 5G, chem-trails, mobile telephone masts, etc, as these wouldn’t go down too well with the technocrats with whom they wish to be pals. Similarly, they don’t exactly rule out climate change and global warming, but tend to go for technological fixes that can keep it at bay and simultaneously allow continued fossil-fuel consumption.

      Dr Paul

      September 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      • Read Jim’s group’s paper for details on some of their supporters’ beliefs – they surprised even me,

        “Whipping it up for “The Storm”
        Submitted by AWL on 2 September, 2020

        By now, you have probably already heard about the American conspiracy theory known as QAnon.

        What exactly do QAnon followers believe? The answer is complicated. By this point, QAnon has snowballed into an all-encompassing super-conspiracy. Believers frequently disagree with each other on details, but there’s room for you in the movement whether you believe that the Earth is hollow or that it is flat.

        QAnon centres around a supposed military intelligence officer, “Q”, who is exposing a corrupt cabal in the US government by posting cryptic messages on anonymous imageboards. The first “Q drop” — referring to Q’s arcane messages — appeared on 4chan’s neo-nazi /pol/ board on 28 October 2017. The drops later migrated to 8chan, a site infamous for its popularity among mass shooters and paedophiles.

        Other foundational beliefs are: There is a deep state run by Satan-worshipping paedophilic Democrats, who drink the blood of children to satisfy their adrenochrome addiction. (In real life, adrenochrome is the product of the oxidation of adrenaline, and has no addictive properties.)”

        Rest here: https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-09-02/whipping-it-storm

        Andrew Coates

        September 2, 2020 at 10:29 pm

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