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Batley and Spen: Violence Against the Left.

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Red-Brown Rally Tonight.

This article by comrade Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will go straight to the heart of all democrats,

On Sunday afternoon, he was out with Labour supporters when they were pelted with eggs and attacked. A poster outside his house backing Leadbeater was torn down and replaced with another backing George Galloway and the All for Unity party.

George Galloway has galvanised Muslim hoodlums in Batley and Spen to further erode our failing democracy

Galloway’s band and other posses are packed with young Muslims, angry (rightly) about Islamophobia, India’s oppressive control of Kashmir and Israel’s ruthless control over Palestine, yet (inexcusably) intolerant of modern values of equality for women and LGBT people. Some of the brutes intimidated Leadbeater when she was out campaigning.

How much monstrous hatred boils in someone who says this to a woman whose sister, a lovely and popular MP, was slaughtered on these very streets? One local Muslim family who emailed confessed that they’d decided not to vote because they’re so afraid of the terrorisers, “our own young people, born here, behaving this way. Why are they like this? My son is a council worker and my daughter is at university. They respect everyone. Is it the fault of parents, politicians, mosques or society?”

We interviewed young Muslims from every background, including gay men and women and those from minority Muslim communities, routinely abused by zealous and backward believers, young and old. They weren’t best pleased and some have vowed to “get us”.

Meanwhile the red-brown front continues:

The original Red-Brown pact:

Hitler and Stalin by Laurence Rees review — bloody fantasy versus cruel  rationalism | Saturday Review | The Times

Written by Andrew Coates

June 30, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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  1. Meanwhile, the Council have taken down Galloway’s election posters because they don’t conform to regulations of font size. GG is furious….



    June 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    • Yes. He is, as usual, threatening to sue. His list of such threats is growing. Its from Guido, but that is only because no-one else seems to want to report it. The most serius threat is againsy Yorkshire Bye-Line TV for merely showing what is happening on the street – one of the few leftists sites with courage here. See https://order-order.com/2021/06/30/galloway-threatens-his-fifth-legal-action-of-by-election-campaign/

      David Walsh

      June 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    • Nobody puts up posters on lampposts in Ipswich, not that I’m aware of, and I live in the town (in reality the size of a small city) centre.

      Andrew Coates

      June 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm

  2. Hope not Hate continuing to be the only anti fascist group unafraid to tackle the political Elephant in the Sitting Room in Batley. That being the Red Brown Galloway campaign.
    Other campaigns (SUTR/SWP) tilt at windmills and avoid the main threat to tolerance and good race relations.


    June 30, 2021 at 4:36 pm

  3. The silence of the left on Galloway’s stewardship of this election beyond the leadership of the Labour Party, Hope not Hate and brave agencies and individuals like By-Line TV and Yasmin Alhibi-Brown apart, has been deafening.

    Either the issue is not even raised – see Red Pepper, Tribune or even The Canary – or there is wriggling support for Galloway – see for example today’s Morning Star where an article says “A class conscious movement must emerge that can connect with voters across the spectrum — the momentum generated by George Galloway’s campaign in Batley & Spen shows left-wing politics can unify a diverse collective of working-class voters.” or Novara Media, where Mr Bastini discloses the fact unknown to most in nearby Bradford, that in George Galloway’s two and a half years there as an MP, “He was an able MP in nearby Bradford, with one local saying he was responsible for saving both the city’s media museum and its Odeon building. Separately, I’m told it was Galloway’s personal intervention that saw Bradford finally land a new Westfield development. While the former MP’s precise role in such outcomes is debatable, they are very real.” which led Mr Bastini to gurgle that “All of which means a candidate running to the left of Labour is enjoying support from unlikely places.”

    Other outlets are subdued; The New Statesman reflecting its historic role as Labour’s Westminster outlet, only sees the by-election through the prism of a possible Labour leadership succession contest, whilst despite one feisty recent article from Polly Toynbee and another from Maya Wolfe-Robinson on the real voices of Asian women in the town, the Guardian seems only to want to lead today through a podcast which – if you can bear to stay still during its 35 minutes – serves to act only as a sounding board for Guardianista fashion and gives Galloway free rein (How the Batley and Spen byelection turned toxic | News | The Guardian)

    And there is one odd aspect of Galloway’s campaign; he majors on real Islamic disquiet on Gaza, on Palestine and Kashmir. Understandable – these are rightly issues of concern in the Muslim world. But there is one huge hole – China. The fact is, he denies that any persecution of the Uighurs exists, and that it is a western fantasy. It is not mentioned in his leaflets to the local Islamic community; it is not raised in his canvassing outside local mosques. And his view ? Says RT – his one regular outlet – “Former British MP and Author George Galloway tells it like it is and calls the over a Million plus Uighur “Concentration Camp” Narrative ‘the greatest hoax” (See China Xinjiang Uighur HOAX! – YouTube)

    There are a million and one reasons not to vote for him tomorrow in Batley and Spen – the million odd Uighurs rotting in camps and barrack like ‘re-education centres’. The only person who will speak on things like this is Labour’s Kim Leadbeater. On July 1st Vote Labour.

    David Walsh

    June 30, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    • The first time I heard of what a piece of shit Galloway was back in the 1990s (the story came earlier but that is when I heard of it) was when he was in the papers about War On Want.

      An old friend of my mum, a single woman who worked as a painter and decorator and was a stalwart of the Aldeburgh Labour Party, Phil was a woman who scrimped and saved, lived in a tiny cottage, basically a small flat, near the former Railway Station, filled with old copies of 1960s Penguin specials and old records.

      She gave a lot, a real lot of her money to War on Want. This woman was the salt of the earth. He lived high on the hog from people like our much loved Phil.

      Andrew Coates

      June 30, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    • There were a lot of people involved in saving the Bradford Odeon building in a determined effort over many years, but I don’t recall hearing about GG’s involvement and I was living in Bradford at the time. As for the Westfield development, it was a long -running farce that went on for a decade or more during which time half the city centre had already been demolished and left with a huge hole like a bomb-site, until finally the Council got their act together with a kick up the Aris from the Government but I wasn’t aware of GG playing a role.


      June 30, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    • Anyone of the supposed “left” or who claims to be within the Labour movement, who has given Galloway even the slightest hint of support or tolerance (that includes the Morning Star/CPB), deserves to be treated thus:

      The Scab
      A Poem by: Jack London (1876-1916)
      “After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.”
      “A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.”
      “When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out.”
      “No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself.” A scab has not.
      “Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British army.” The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.
      Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.”

      Jim Denham

      July 1, 2021 at 3:43 pm

  4. Repeat all the smears why don’t you.

    Arwyn Thomas

    June 30, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    • It’s’ that old Brown Front !

      Andrew Coates

      June 30, 2021 at 7:50 pm

  5. Today’s Guardian. No editorial and a bit late in the day, but……Seems if you gay, lesbian – and most definately Trans – and are South Asian, you get ‘special attention” from Galloway’s goons. Of course, as ever, he knows ‘nothing of all this” and mentions that 30 years ago he ‘got a Stonewall medal”. Time for Stonewall to rescind whatever it was, I feel…..See https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/01/galloway-bid-for-batley-and-spen-seat-mired-in-intimidation-claims

    David Walsh

    July 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm

  6. What a cheeky chappie old George looks in his poster!

    Sue r

    July 1, 2021 at 3:06 pm

  7. “Steve Walker, Squawkbox, Aaron Bastini, Spiked, Ben Chacko, Robert Griffiths, Lowkey, the Morning Star, Charlie Kimber, the CPB, the Weekly Worker, the Canary, Counterfire, Ms Mendoza, Rachel Swindon, vi har slått dem alle sammen, vi har slått dem alle sammen! (we have beaten them all, we have beaten them all!). RT, can you hear me? Press TV, RT… your boy took a beating……your boy took a hell of a beating!”

    David Walsh

    July 2, 2021 at 7:03 am

  8. Just seen the news, Labour win, brilliant! I feel quite emotional. Congratulations Kim.


    July 2, 2021 at 7:05 am

  9. “Steve Walker, Skawkbox, Aaron Bastini, Chris Williamson, Ben Chacko, Robert Griffiths, Lowkey, the Morning Star, Spiked, Charlie Kimber, Counterfire, the CPB, Weekly Worker, the Canary, Ms Mendoza, Rachel Swindon, vi har slått dem alle sammen, vi har slått dem alle sammen! (we have beaten them all, we have beaten them all!). RT, can you hear me? Press TV, RT… your boy took a beating……your boy took a hell of a beating!

    David Walsh

    July 2, 2021 at 7:21 am

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