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Labour NEC Backs proscription of four organisations.

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Piers Corbyn addresses protest outside Labour HQ against antisemitism  expulsions | Jewish News

Labour NEC approves proscription of four organisations

The party backs Starmer’s plans as groups protest.

Labour’s NEC backed the proscription  of four groups at just before 7pm on Tuesday after a marathon session.

While the meeting took place, a protest outside Labour headquarters organised by groups opposing the expulsion of hundreds of members who denied claims of antisemitism in the party included a speech by Covid-denier Piers Corbyn and “notorious antisemite” Tony Greenstein.

The protest took place as the National Executive Committee was voting on whether to proscribe four Jeremy Corbyn-supporting groups which have denied the extent of Labour’s antisemitism problem and which are said to promote communism. 

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This, much as many of us on the left dislike the politics of and in some cases personally, the people involved, is a blanket ban. It is anti-democratic, and should be strongly opposed

Written by Andrew Coates

July 20, 2021 at 7:43 pm

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  1. Andrew Coates

    July 20, 2021 at 9:09 pm

  2. These groups are simply not strong enough to resist expulsion. If a large group like Militant couldn’t then this lot certainly won’t. The Left had its chance and basically blew it. Anyway, they weren’t strident enough on supporting Remain and the Electorate sensed that. The only forces who can get Britain back into the EU is a Centrist Labour Party, be it under Starmer or someone else. That being re entry with the Euro and Schengen. That is why a centrist Labour Party needs to be supported. It is the only task for anyone remotely Left wing in Britain for the next quarter Century. Everything else is secondary. Back Starmer !

    IainF

    July 21, 2021 at 3:31 am

    • What! Starmer is bigger Brexiter currently than was Corbyn. Starmer is making his bran around backing overt nationalist/patriotic tropes, making it impossible for him to lead any international socialist, or even liberal internationalist drive to return to the EU. Its only those of us on the Left that have consistently argued for socialist internationalism that can do that.

      Starmer is headed inexorably further right, further in the direction of Blue Labour nationalism and patriotism in a populist Quixotic search for “traditional” Labour votes amongst bigoted reactionary sections of the population. Its a function of the opportunist politics of Starmer, and the opportunist electoralist politics of Labour. But, those votes do not exist, and the more he tries to find them by the more he will be led to adopt ever more reactionary populist positions. Other than the fact of where Mosely came from, its a similar trajectory to that of Mosely, after he became a Labour Minister in the late 1920’s, and prior to him setting up the New Party and then BUF, or Mussolini’s trajectory. The difference is that Starmer is already, at least for now, the head of a large populist party, and doesn’t have to build one from scratch.

      Boffy

      July 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      • Well, actually, that is a far more accurate parallel with George Galloway than it it ever could be of Kier Starmer.

        David Walsh

        July 21, 2021 at 10:39 am

        • Except Galloway is not and is not likely to be leading a major political party, whereas Starmer is. Besides which Galloway was always a Stalinoid national socialist, whereas Starmer reputedly wasn’t. But, in any case, whataboutery doesn’t change the fact that Starmer on the basis of his opportunism and populism is moving rapidly in the direction of the authoritarian and nationalist right. Who knows where that slippre slope will lead him in the end compared even to Galloway.

          As Trotsky once said of Stalin, if the young Stalin had known where he would end up, he would have put a bullet in his own head.

          Boffy

          July 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

      • The difference is that Moseley was actually a charismatic populist leader with conviction in what he was saying and Starmer quite plainly isn’t. His Remainer credentials have also been massively overstated, mostly by the semi-tankie tendency that wants to scapegoat the People’s Vote campaign for Labour’s 2019 defeat.

        In response to IanF, I think perhaps the climate crisis is more important than whether the UK is in the EU or not, much though I would like to see us rejoin. I think it will take some time for the latter tide to turn, though we should keep making the arguments.

        Ted Alleyne

        July 21, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        • Andrew Coates

          July 21, 2021 at 6:34 pm

        • The crisis in ireland, now also appearing in Britain, compounded by the pingdown pingdemonium that has been unnecesarily imposed on the economy, and which is seeing supply chains collapsing to an extent that store shelves are emptying, could change that perception quickly.

          Of course, it would be helpful if we had a LP actually presenting that alternative, rather than tying itself to those disasters, it would be useful, not to say electorally beneficial to labour itself.

          Boffy

          July 22, 2021 at 11:58 am

  3. Well, its the day after and the first accounts of the shifting voting at the NEC are coming through. Skwawkbox now has a convenient new enemy of the people in its cross hairs in the shape of Lara McNeill, the left Youth Rep on the committee, who agonised over the issue, finally tweeting “However I could not oppose organisations that harass staff, harbour racism and undermine the left to be compatible with Labour Party membership”. A new tumbril is being made ready as I speak……………

    David Walsh

    July 21, 2021 at 10:45 am

    • LABOUR’S left protested against the death of democracy in the party today ahead of a decision on whether to purge left-wing groups.

      The Morning Star has its own unique take on the protests outside Labour’s Offices,

      Hundreds of suspended party members picketed Labour’s central London headquarters alleging unfair expulsions, attacks on free speech and rigged internal elections.

      The demonstration, partly organised by Norman Thomas, chairman of Labour’s South Thanet branch until he was suspended in December, came as the party’s national executive committee (NEC) was due to vote on whether to proscribe four grassroots groups as “toxic.” The meeting was ongoing as the Morning Star went to press.

      Membership of Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt (LAW), Labour in Exile Network and Socialist Appeal could be forbidden if the proposal is approved, the expected result given that a majority of NEC members back party leader Sir Keir Starmer. Any members of the groups would then be automatically expelled from Labour.

      The groups supposedly stand against party values by “promoting” communism, suggesting anti-semitism allegations against members are overblown, and demanding that former leader Jeremy Corbyn be reinstated as a Labour MP after Sir Keir withdrew the party whip in October.

      https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/labours-left-protest-against-death-democracy-party-ahead-decision-whether-purge-left

      Andrew Coates

      July 21, 2021 at 2:26 pm

  4. he Canary (now under new ownership, I gather) also covered the event seeing it cleary as a definitive and defining moment in British socialist history (apart from Piers Corbn’s gate crashing that is). See;https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2021/07/21/keir-starmers-probably-glad-hes-self-isolating-after-angry-visitors-descend-on-labour-hq/

    David Walsh

    July 21, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    • Apocalypse Now:

      “The bottom line here is that this looks like the end-game for any form of socialism in the Labour Party. This purge has been ongoing almost since Starmer took over. Now, by proscribing the only groups that were a vehicle for persecuted members, it’s almost game over. If the likes of Momentum think they’re safe, then they’d best watch their backs. Because it seems Starmer and the Labour machinery won’t stop until a full cleansing of the party has taken place – even if it means leaving a hollowed-out, financially annihilated husk in its place.”

      Andrew Coates

      July 21, 2021 at 4:52 pm

  5. Kind of disappointing that whoever organised this didn’t have the backbone or common sense to kick Piers Corbyn off the demo when he showed up (admittedly easier said than done). LAW did at least exclude Ian Donovan and Gerry Downing from their organisation for antisemitism.

    Ted Alleyne

    July 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm

  6. Coate’s peddling fake news as usual. Piers Corbyn was prevented from speaking by the organisers. After the meeting closed he got out his own megaphone and spoke to an audience of one or maybe two. never let the facts get in the way of a witch-hunting story!

    Stuart King

    July 22, 2021 at 1:52 pm


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