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Chris Williamson and Tosh to Speak at Birmingham Workers Party of Britain Rally, or is it Williamson to speak Tosh?

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Hairy Biker and Comrade to Speak at Galloway Workers Party of Britain Beano.

Chris Williamson has a long friendship with Tosh:

The WPB (as nobody calls it) is “the working-class patriotic alternative to fake woke anti-British ‘Labour’. The leader George Galloway worked hand in hand with Nigel Farage to back the Bosses’ Brexit in the European Referendum Its cadres in the CPGB (M-L) backed the Brexit Party in the 2019 Euro Elections. “The Workers Party stands with all those countries that have attempted to break free of imperialist domination and build a different kind of world. We defend the achievements of the USSR, China, Cuba etc, not least the debt owed by humanity to the Soviet Union and Red Army in their war of liberation against German fascism.”

We shall defend the positive historical legacy of the Soviet Union as well as all those today who struggle for socialism; for an alternative world order.

Its HQ address (kidding, not) is  274 Moseley Rd, Birmingham. B12 0BS.

Deputy leader of the WPB, Jodi Brar, has contributed to this classic: Identity Politics and the Trhttps://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/s3.cpgb-ml.org/TransgenderTrend_read.pdfansgender Trend (2019). This a publication of the CPGB (M-L) and carries this notice at the end.

The following resolution was passed overwhelmingly at the party’s eighth congress in September 2018, following a six-month inner-party debate.

Identity politics are anti-Marxian and a harmful diversion from the class struggle.


While being totally opposed to discrimination on grounds of race, sex or sexual proclivity, this congress declares that obsession with identity politics, including sexual politics, is anti-Marxian.


Congress therefore resolves that the propagation of identity politics, including LGBT ideology, being reactionary and anti-working class and a harmful distraction and diversion from the class struggle of the proletariat for its social emancipation, is incompatible with membership of the party, rendering those involved in its promotion liable to expulsion.

Well established opinion is that this resolution was the end product of some considerable rows amongst the cadres who now run the WPB.

On Williamson there is now this claim,

on Saturday’s demo against the arms fair in Liverpool with Jeremy Corbyn refusing to share a platform with Chris Williamson who told me that he wasn’t allowed to speak

Written by Andrew Coates

September 18, 2021 at 8:18 am

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  1. A pedant writes on three things. A Alas, there is no real link between Oswald Mosley and Moseley in Birmingham. Most of the Mosley cash came from their Manchester area landholdings, not Birmingham. Although he became a Brum MP it was for an entirely different part of the city. B. Yes, it seems to be probably true that the blessed Jeremy had the good sese not to go anywhere near a platform at the demonstration in Liverpool against an arms fair that had Chris Williiamson speaking on it. Whether that was because of CW’s views or merely a tactical response to avoid any more trouble internally is another matter, I guess. C. As to the debate in the WPB on LGBT rights, I guess this finally, and after the Batley by-election events, blows the fedora’d ones plans to publish his biography of Dusty Springfield out of the water. Finally, as an afterthought, I gather Brother Tosh is now accusing the LP leadership of creating ‘a threatening environment’ for bikers. Any idea of the basis for this odd belief ?

    David Walsh

    September 18, 2021 at 10:51 am

  2. David I still think it cannot be a coincidence that the WPB chose the address Mosley Road, with such an historic name, I doubt if they were thinking of Mosely, the popular cosmopolitan residential area with an (expensive) farmers’ market etc…

    Link from above,

    Doncaster councillor and ex-trade union chief quits Labour over ‘anti-bike letter’ from South Yorkshire leaders
    A former trade union leader and Doncaster councillor has resigned from the Labour party.

    ..the final straw was a letter signed by Labour mayors and council leaders in South Yorkshire who signed a letter calling for a licensing scheme for off-road bikes and quads due to a rise in criminality.

    McDonald, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and former president of railway workers union ASLEF, said the letter was ‘blatant discrimination’ against law-abiding riders.

    https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/politics/council/doncaster-councillor-and-ex-trade-union-chief-quits-labour-over-anti-bike-letter-from-south-yorkshire-leaders-3179183

    The Bleating Biker seems to think that Bikers have been singled out leaving 4 wheel car drivers untouched.

    The idea that both can be a menace on ‘off-road’ paths does not seem to occur to this Easy on the Thinking ro Rider.

    Andrew Coates

    September 18, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    • “I still think it cannot be a coincidence” – you are joking, no? Although nothing I see on lefty social media would surprise me these days…

      Francis

      September 18, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      • Indeed.

        The Blog avatar of Cde Coates (visible by this Comment) is from a photo taken at Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood, not that far from where a relative and family live…..

        “J. R. R. Tolkien lived nearby, as a child, and acknowledged the site as inspiration for the ancient forests in his books The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.”

        Some say that this Wild Wood is where the CPGB (M-L) do their guerrilla training.

        Moseley Bog.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moseley_Bog

        Andrew Coates

        September 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm

  3. Two sad middle aged English men riding around on gas guzzling American contraptions imagining they’re on Route 66 through Arizona when in reality they’ve just left Newport Pagnell Services.

    IainF

    September 18, 2021 at 4:26 pm

  4. Andrew Coates

    September 19, 2021 at 7:00 am


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