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New Left Group: The Harmony Party Gets Boost from Harmonious Canary.

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Harmony Party: Well-Established Rumour Says Kerry-Anne Mendoza Has Joined.

 

One for the Spotters.

Some months the eagle-eyed contributors to Urban 75 noticed that The Harmony Party had been formed. Gumshoes found that it was an incorporated company, registered n the 29th of June 2020. Initial assessments that it was a two people and a canine  job were confounded when a third member was discovered.

There was speculation that it was neo-Posadist or futurist group inspired by the collected works of Aaron Bastani. This rested on the declaration that in their world,

all Consensus of Assemblies and all Party Consensus must seek never to take a decision which will result directly in unavoidable injury to a human being, and must not, through inaction, allow human beings or humanity to come to harm…

Old hands suggest the name is a tribute to much-loved Buffy The Vampire Slayer character, Harmony Kendall

Harmony (pretending to be Buffy) | Buffy style, Vampire slayer, Buffy the vampire slayer

 

The harmonious types who run The Canary, like the ‘Mendoza’ woman, Kerry-Anne Mendoza  have just now given the party a major boost on their respected and prestigious alt-news site.

 

A new left-wing party has put socialism fully back on the political agenda. But unlike the current Labour and Green parties, its approach is entirely different. Because member-led democracy and mutual aid are at its heart.

This is a very long and deeply researched piece, evidently the product of hard toil on the Net.

We urge those who wish to contribute to the coffers of the benchmark investigative journalists who run the Canary to click on the link below.

A new left-wing party aims to bring ‘Harmony’ to the UK

To whet the appetite, John Urquhart, for it is he, the founder of the new party, says,

I came to the realisation back in March 2020.

I’d started a mutual aid organisation called Cymbal. While handing out soup on the University and College Union [UCU] picket lines back in February and early March people kept asking about what Cymbal was, what it was for, and so on. By the end of every conversation was what I at first assumed was a joking question of “when can we vote for you then?”

I realised that people weren’t joking. People were desperate for something that would amplify their own voice. And the precariat today are not just working class but also middle class.

Here is the Harmony Party in their own words,

We’re unlike any Political Party you are familiar with.

Harmony means consensus. We’re led by our Members and Participants. We decide pretty much everything by discussion (and everything else by vote).

Action on the climate disaster and action on inequality are at the top of our agenda.

We oppose social exclusion and apartheid.

Rumour has it that Kerry-Anne Mendoza has already started an oppositional faction in the new party.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 28, 2021 at 11:09 am

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  1. First thoughts are that it is a political formation dreamed up by people whose favourite subject in pub quizes is one on ‘the very worst of 1960’s UK pop”. Consider; the most nauseating cross-over between rampant consumerism and saccharine sweet pop, the Coke TV ad made a hit by the New Seekers “I’d like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)”, the dire Essex based band “Harmony Grass” (named after Basildon’s best weed) formed by previous members of Tony Rivers & the Castaways, including Rivers himself. They signed to RCA Records about a year after they formed, and their single “Move in a Little Closer” hit No.4 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1969. And the party’s original, supposedly enigmatic name, “Cymbal” ? Why, of course, a homage to Johnny Cymbal (born John Hendry Blair; February 3, 1945 – March 16, 1993, a bairn from the Ayrshire coalfield, who fled to the US to escape the pits, changed his name and had numerous hit records, including his signature song, “Mr. Bass Man” in 1964.

    david walsh

    January 28, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    • Our Newshounds are always better than amateurs like the Canary!

      I do love the bit that, “Harmony means consensus. “, which could do with a bit of a critique and unpacking…..

      Harmony, “a situation in which people are peaceful and agree with each other, or when things seem right or suitable together” Consensus, “a general agreement.” which does not mean agreement on everything.

      Their use sounds pretty cultish to me, Great Harmony Under Heaven. Or Chinese Stalinist, “Modernization in the World of Great Harmony’ :

      Click to access __lse.ac.uk_storage_LIBRARY_Secondary_libfile_shared_repository_Content_Callahan,%20W_History%20tradition%20China_Callahan_History%20tradition%20China_2015.pdf

      Andrew Coates

      January 28, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      • I’m not going to lie: these comments (and the blog) nearly murdered me via fit of giggles.

        Harmony was picked because we operate a three-phase decisionmaking system – two attempts to obtain consensus by discussion (informal, then formal), followed by last-resort ballot. Most decisions are made by consensus. It’s also a reference to utopian socialist Robert Owen.

        Cymbal was named in indirect reference to a character in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy; he has a fascination with the word and its etymology, which means “to throw together”. Cymbal, a mutual aid society, has a mandate of “throwing” people and materials together.

        The referrals brought me here. Thanks, by the way!

        • I still think my Harmony Kendall reference is a better guess, or rather prediction of your fate.

          I take it you are not fans of ‘Dissensus’

          Andrew Coates

          February 1, 2021 at 9:56 pm


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