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Chris Williamson Praises ‘Inspirational’ Joti Brar, Calls for Unions to Defund Labour…

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Joti Brar (@joti2gaza) | Twitter

“Great to share a platform with the inspirational @joti2” (left in photo)- Chris Williamson.

The passion between George Galloway and the micro-Stalinist Communist Party of Great Britain, (M-L) (the word is not abuse, the founder of the groupuscule, Harel Brar, is a proud member of the Stalin Society) has blossomed in the last few years. The ‘party’ essentially make up the cadre of the red-brown Workers Party of Britian.

Historians of the labour movement have written up the story.

Galloway and the CPGB-ML: notes on a romance.

the CPGB-ML are loyal foot soldiers of Galloway in the Workers Party of Britain (WPB), so it would be interesting to know what the Brars now think of this 2004 characterisation of their new leader. This relationship is not being squirrelled away by the WPB. Joti Brar is deputy leader of the WPB and according to its website: “The Communists [the new branding of the CPGB-ML] have a long history of working with George on various issues. In 2019, The Communists stood alone with George on many questions, not least the defence of the Brexit referendum result and opposition to Labour’s treachery on this question… The Workers Party wants communists to play an active role, and we’re appealing to British workers, whether they have formerly been in the Brexit Party, UKIP, the Labour Party, a socialist organisation or none, to get involved with and build this party.”[2]

True love blossoms

George Galloway, the CPGB(ML) and 9/11.

John Rogan.

Bastions of US Imperialism Crumble –

“For the millions who never thought it would be possible to wreak vengeance on the all-powerful United States aggressors for the suffering inflicted on them and on those they loved, the success of the attacks on the most powerful symbols of US financial and military might has been a matter for great satisfaction and even joy.

Now it seems that another suitor of the CPGB (M-L) has appeared. Chris Williamson is courting the favours Jodi Brar, daughter of Harpal, now Vice Chair of the CPGB (M-L) and also Deputy Leader of Galloway’s ‘Workers Party’ of Britain.

“Great to share a platform with the inspirational @joti2gaza

The mutual love-in continues,

The CPGB-ML opposes Trotskyismsocial democracydemocratic socialism and what they term revisionist (including Khruschevite) parties. In 1995 former CPGB-ML chairman Harpal Brar published a book called Social Democracy: The Enemy Within.

More madness, they call it madness! from Joidi’s Joint,

Written by Andrew Coates

September 19, 2021 at 2:47 pm

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  1. Bet there were more on that top table than in the audience…

    Howard Fuller

    September 19, 2021 at 3:40 pm

  2. While the CPGB-ML won’t give Galloway as much trouble as the SWP did in the old Respect (they are much smaller and share GG’s Stalinist politics), I cannot see this latest lash up having much appeal to British workers, beyond the relatively small numbers of constituencies with a large Muslim vote where Galloway can act as an anti Labour pole of attraction for disaffected votes.

    IainF

    September 19, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    • They may be nearer to GG’s politics than the SWP, but I wonder if this is a sign that the CPGB-ML is hedging its bets on its partnerships beyond its small base. It will be interesting to see if any of their cadres are given rights to speak at Williamson’s upcoming ‘Festival of Resistance” (as it has grandly been titled).

      David Walsh

      September 20, 2021 at 7:42 am

      • And following that, there is THIS article in the current CPGB-ML magazine “Workers” which might not go down too well with some of the Fedora’d mans new supporters in Batley and Spen; https://www.cpbml.org.uk/news/no-return-middle-ages I think there may be stirrings in deep waters here.

        David Walsh

        September 20, 2021 at 7:58 am

        • Alas, Workers is the journal of the CPBML not the CPGBML. This may seem a fine distinction, but it is nevertheless important.

          R P Dutt

          September 20, 2021 at 8:45 am

          • Who am I to tangle with the greatest – if unfortunately dead – British Marxist theoretician? I abase myself in front of the party and await their historical judgement on me for my error, comrades…..

            David Walsh

            September 20, 2021 at 9:09 am

            • You need to know your Maoism, though. The CPGB-ML, the CPB-ML and the RCPB-ML all come from quite different Maoist traditions, and it is not accidental that although they sometimes cooperate with other organisations (e.g. CPGB-ML with Galloway’s group, and before that with Scargill’s; RCPB-ML with the NCP), AFAIK they have never attempted to cooperate with one another.

              That said, the CPGB-ML has never seemed very fond of religion, and I expect that when it breaks with Galloway – as it surely will, sooner or later – religion will be one of the issues on which they split.

              Francis

              September 20, 2021 at 11:10 am

              • Cornelius Cardew was the RCPB-ML’s most famous member,

                “At a meeting of the Central London branch of the Musicians Union, he tabled a controversial motion denouncing David Bowie as a fascist, after Bowie said that “Britain was ready for a fascist leader”. The motion read:

                This branch deplores the publicity recently given to the activities and Nazi style gimmickry of a certain artiste and his idea that this country needs a right wing dictatorship. Such ideas prepare the way for political situations in which the Trade Union movement can be destroyed, as it was in Nazi Germany. The spreading of such ideas must be considered as detrimental to the interests of the Union and any necessary steps should be taken to prevent such ideas from gaining credence in the community. We propose, therefore, that any member who openly promotes fascism or fascist ideas in his/ her act or recorded performance should be expelled from the Union.[5]

                Although the vote was a tie, At twelve for and twelve against, a second motion was passed with a majority of 15–2.[5] At the time of the punk explosion, he wrote a tract called “Punk Rock Is Fascist”, where he called The Clash “reactionary’.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Cardew#Political_involvements

                This is his most celebrated writing:

                Andrew Coates

                September 20, 2021 at 12:32 pm

                • Another Cardew piece was ‘Smash, smash the social contract’ from 1975 – somewhat marred by a chorus riff ‘borrowed’ from the Goodies “Do,do the Funky Gibbon” out earlier that year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnauDrzdOiQ

                  David Walsh

                  September 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm

                • Cornelius Cardew was the sort of character which makes the far left a worthwhile place to be. The contrast between his pre-Maoist work and his Maoist work is staggering. Compare the stuff he did when he was still under the influence of Stockhausen (various realisations of ‘Treatise’ online, my favourite is Shawn Feeney’s on Vimeo) and his seminal ‘Song for the British Working Class’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXEDZy4Z8os

                  Francis

                  September 20, 2021 at 2:18 pm

  3. Reblogged this on A Riverside View and commented:
    Long Corbyn is causing utter chaos. It’s a joy to observe.

    Kevin Algar

    September 20, 2021 at 1:54 pm


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