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Workers Party of Britain (Galloway) Local Election Launch with Chris Williamson and TUSC (Socialist Party/RMT).

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Labour Against the Witch-hunt (LAW) was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever, about that. The register of its burial was signed by the Weekly Worker undertakers, and the chief mourners, 4 former members of the Steering Committee.

Implacable December politics. As much mud in the hamlet of the divided left as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, named Galloway, waddling like an elephantine lizard to merge up in the cul-de-sac of the amorphous socialist movement. If you can juggle the metaphors.

Friday saw a gathering of saurian socialists: Galloway, Williamson and …TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition, chief backers, the Socialist Party, ex-Militant, and the RMT – National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers). (1)

Organised by the group they call, “George Galloway’s nationalistic Workers Party and his lieutenants in the Stalin Society” – the pro-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Vice-Chair Joti Brar. Also Vice-Chair of the Workers Party of Britain.

More news from Birmingham Workers Party of Britain.

Attended by (see above) Chris Williamson, ex-Labour MP, and the newest best friend of the man they say slew LAW, Tony Greenstein.

It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the winter of despair.

You can see a bit here.

And here.

Birmingham: “the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.”

(1) Via JR, update.

What role for Galloway?

Socialist Party, 5th of July 2021.

The Socialist Party fights for steps towards such a party by participating in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) which enables trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists from different parties and none, to stand against pro-austerity establishment politicians under a common banner and an agreed platform of core policies.

It was an important first step for the post-Corbyn era that, in the May 2021 elections, TUSC was able to stand over 300 candidates. At the same time we argue for the trade union movement to take steps towards founding a new mass party.

Will George Galloway be able to play a role in the development of such a party? The Socialist Party has in the past criticised Galloway for creating a too narrowly-based appeal aimed specifically at Muslims, rather than the working class as a whole. While this has allowed him to make electoral breakthroughs, winning elections first in Bethnal Green and Bow, and later in Bradford West, he has not consolidated a base or, eighteen years after his expulsion from Labour, built a stable organisation. The lack of a consistent class-based approach, or roots in the trade unions, or a democratic structure, have all been major obstacles to him doing so.

In Batley and Spen his official election propaganda seems to have attempted to appeal to all working-class voters rather than Muslims alone. However, some of his personal statements appear to have been trying to win votes on a reactionary and divisive basis: such as, for example, tweeting that he is a “straight white man with six children”, particularly when he was standing against an LGBTQ+ woman. Or tweeting that he would not stand “for the BBC trying to teach our young children that there are 99 genders“.

Galloway has a history of these kind of divisive comments, which should be opposed. But the biggest obstacle to him playing a positive role in the formation of a mass workers’ party in Britain is his record on crossing class lines and backing pro-capitalist candidates.

He rightly lambasts the Labour right wing for turning Labour into a pro-capitalist party, yet just two months ago, in the Scottish parliamentary elections, the Workers’ Party and Galloway stood as part of the “Alliance4Unity” which recommended tactical votes for various pro-austerity politicians, including ten Tory constituency candidates. One of them, Jackson Carlaw, was leader of the Scottish Conservatives from February to July 2020. Plus, in the 2019 European elections, Galloway publicly backed Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

One of the most burning issues for the workers’ movement is the need for the working class to have its own independent voice rather than being politically disenfranchised as it is now. All kinds of debates will take place on how to achieve that, in which the role of fighting trade unionists will be critical. But what is clear is that no public figure can take that process forward by backing candidates of the capitalist Tory party, or Farage and other right-wing populists of his ilk. For George Galloway to play a positive role in the formation of a new party – which his own vote shows the potential for – he would need to adopt a different approach.

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  1. Not so much as the six days that shook the world than the 60 minutes that buffeted Balsall Heath……

    David+Walsh

    December 4, 2021 at 8:07 pm

  2. What’s with Chris Williamson’s ‘Zoolander” type poses? These people are so f*king vain! What was that about “Politics being Showbusiness for ugly people” ?

    IainF

    December 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    • It began when people started comparing him to this person:

      Andrew Coates

      December 4, 2021 at 9:11 pm

  3. Nehanda Ferguson – that name rang a bell, then I remembered why. Noted for her ‘gender critical’ views. Joy!

    That SP article is a bit dire isn’t it – One of Galloway’s ‘problems’ was bigger than ‘narrowly appealing to Muslims’, it was defending and accomodating Islamist ideas, quite a different thing!

    mrtusks

    December 4, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      December 5, 2021 at 8:26 am

    • For the SP (formerly Militant) article :

      “However, some of his personal statements appear to have been trying to win votes on a reactionary and divisive basis: such as, for example, tweeting that he is a “straight white man with six children”, particularly when he was standing against an LGBTQ+ woman. Or tweeting that he would not stand “for the BBC trying to teach our young children that there are 99 genders”.

      Ironic considering that Militant in their heyday wete notorious for using reactionary language (like describing women as “birds” etc.). When questioned they would respond that this is the way working class people supposedly talk so Revolutionaries should echo that.

      IainF

      December 5, 2021 at 6:18 pm

  4. Enjoyed the metaphor, but your depiction of Megalosaurus needs updating. It didn’t waddle on all fours.

    But the name given to the first fossil (of its femur) is arguably more appropriate!
    https://gizmodo.com/the-first-scientific-name-ever-given-to-a-dinosaur-foss-5955550

    mrtusks

    December 5, 2021 at 10:59 am

  5. What a miserable bunch of hasbeens, neverwozzes, inadequates, antisemites, nationalists, brexiteers and lumpens. The red-brown movement personified.

    Jim Denham

    December 5, 2021 at 6:25 pm

  6. What you expect from this neo-stalinist cult, they getting more and more desperate, but many reject their nonsense so hopefully they will be just another brick in wall

    Radioactive Vampire

    December 6, 2021 at 10:13 pm


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