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Tony Greenstein Pleads to be let back into the Labour Party.

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Tony Greenstein (far right) and Friends.

Toiling daily on the allotment fields, reading a big pile of books, going to the cinema to see Benedetta, Murina, Small Body, the Northman, and Blogging about Ukraine Solidarity, France’s left, the Great Replacement Conspiracy scare, and Sycops, can lead one to miss the truly important events in political life.

The wits of the Internet have been surpassed by this both moving and side-tickling philippic.

A Confidential Letter To One of My Oldest & Dearest Friends, Sir Keith Stürmer – What We Need Is Rebranding – Not so much New Labour as New Tory

If We are Going to Bury Corbyn then We Have to Be Clear About Our Message – Not ‘For the Many not the Few’ but ‘For the Few not the Many’!

Of course we all know what you stand for – unrestrained capitalism and rule by the rich for the rich. But the real problem is how to transform that into a winning electoral strategy?

Well I think I’ve cracked it. I had a chat the other day with Mandy Mandelson who was busy at the time trying to get another free ‘loan’ off a rich Zionist in exchange for a few beads. He wasn’t particular enthusiastic at first but I think I won him round.

Old Cor*** (like Lord Voldemort it’s best not to mention him by name for fear of frightening the children), whatever else you can say about him (and I know you have a lot to say!) did have one thing going for him. A catchy slogan – For the Many not the Few – which our Zionist friends changed to For the Many not the Jew!

As I say I have lots of ideas for a New Tory Party led by you. And if we adopt the Republican strategy of making it impossible for Blacks and the poor to vote then we won’t have to worry about the electoral consequences!!

Well-established rumour has it that Cde Greenstein is engaged in the ” Refounding Momentum” process and hopes to speak, if they decide to hold it, at their coming “Convention”.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 20, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Alice Walker, David Icke and the “United National Anti-War Coalition.”

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Alice Walker Gets United National Anti-War Coalition Backing.

Novelist Alice Walker is in the news after being ‘disinvited’ to events, “The Pulitzer Prize winning author was disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival for her endorsement of a controversial author (Note David Icke) , who espouses antisemitic conspiracy rhetoric.” Jonah Raskin.

Peter Herman in the Jewish Journal continues,

After the San Diego Community College District announced that Alice Walker would be the keynote speaker for the new Chancellor’s installation, protests immediately followed. Various Jewish organizations wrote in protest, and the San Diego Union Tribune reported on the ensuing controversy. At least two opinion pieces (here and here) came out against the invitation. 

The United National Anti-War Coalition is an American body, small in size but large in its pretentions, who are probably one of the best known examples of the anti-imperialism of fools roaring on the planet. To be more exact, they are “a “peace” coalition dominated by the Workers World Party.” The WWP traces its founding back to Sam Marcy, (Sam Ballan (1911 – February 1, 1998), the original Trotskyist turned campist. As he put it, “The contemporary epoch is also characterized by the transformation of the world class struggle into a struggle of the world working class, the oppressed countries, and the socialist countries against the imperialist bourgeoisie.” (Imperialism and the growth of opportunism.)

To get an idea of their politics you only have to see their statement in March on Ukraine,

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) remains steadfast in its opposition to the United States/NATO imperialist project. The people of Ukraine are now suffering in a war zone because of the actions of the United States, beginning with the 2014 coup which violently ousted an elected president. The goal then as now was to use Ukraine as a weapon to target Russia militarily. We point out that the current conflict is not the first for Ukraine. More than 14,000 people living in the eastern Donbas region have died in an eight-year long war because they refused to accept the coup government imposed by the U.S.

They have now taken up this cause:

Stand with Alice Walker: Anti-Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism!

“As censorship is becoming the norm in the United States, Alice Walker, a human rights fighter, antiwar activist, feminist and world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple has been invited and then disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival. This was done because her consistent stand in support of Palestinian rights. This they claim is anti-Semitism.

Speakers include

Alice Walker

Chris Hedges

Susan Abulhawa”

Alice Walker and the Price of Conscience. Chris Hedges.

Alice Walker was disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival after Zionist groups threatened to carry out protests. The public and presenters are complicit in her blacklisting if they attend.

Walker, a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been a very public advocate for Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel for many years. Her friendship with Icke has long been part of the public record. She hid nothing. It is not as if the festival organizers suddenly discovered a dark secret about Walker. They sought to capitalize on her celebrity and then, when they felt the heat from the Israel lobby, capitulated to the mob to humiliate her.

Organizers of the festival attacked Walker for her poem “It is Our Frightful Duty.” They accuse Walker of channeling Icke’s alleged anti-Semitism into her writing, as if Walker is unable to think for herself. The attack on the poem, which is a gross misreading of its intent, exposes the lie that Walker’s position on Israel and Palestine had nothing to do with her being disinvited.

“Unfortunately, Ms. Walker has not only promoted Icke’s ideas widely on her own blog and in interviews, but they may have influenced her own writing,” the festival wrote in a statement. “

This Blog, no doubt many will disagree, was neither moved by Walker’s celebrated book, The Color Purple, which chronicles the struggle of several black women in rural Georgia in the first half of the twentieth century, nor can even remember much of the 1985 film made of it. It is, nevertheless, for a large number of people, a landmark.

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Walker’s campaigning on the Palestine and Israel issue, and BDS, is her businesses.

But her admiration and promotion of David Icke – a far-right conspiracist close enough to us here to have organised a large public meeting in nearby Colchester and to have got involved in the nationally resonant anti-Vaxx anti-Lockdown movement in the UK – is of wider concern. Many people in Britain, including some I have come across who knew him in his Green Party days, do not just regard Icke as a lizard theorist nutter, and a ‘Covid Hoax’ confusionist but as full blown fascist. In this country admiring him would not just get you laughed at but shunned.

Here is the story,

Alice Walker, the beloved activist and author of The Color Purple, is under fire for promoting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. Constance Grady. 2018.

Walker has flirted with anti-Semitism for years, but the public at large seemed to ignore it — until last weekend, when she took some time in her New York Times Book Review “By the Book” interview to admiringly shout out David Icke. Icke is best known for arguing that the world is run by a secret cabal of alien lizard people, many of whom are Jewish. While Walker has previously recommended Icke’s work on her blog, this is the first time her apparent affinity for him has gone quite so public. (Vox has reached out to Walker and Walker’s publisher, Atria, for comment.)

“In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about,” Walker said in the column, specifically noting And the Truth Shall Set You Free, in which Icke variously argues both that Jews funded the Holocaust and that maybe the Holocaust did not happen. Icke’s books, Walker says, are “a curious person’s dream come true.”

What The New Yorker Didn’t Say About a Famous Writer’s Anti-Semitism (29.4.2022.)

Why are Alice Walker’s vile beliefs about Jews treated so gently? Caitlin Flanagan

As my Atlantic colleague Yair Rosenberg has reported, since 2012 Walker has promoted the ideas of a repugnant person, David Icke, the author of a book called And the Truth Shall Set You Free. The book, Rosenberg writes, “mentions the word ‘Jewish’ 241 times and the name ‘Rothschild’ 374 times. These citations are not compliments.” Icke suggests that the Jewish people helped pay for the Holocaust themselves (if it even happened; he thinks schoolchildren should be encouraged to debate this). He says that the KKK is secretly Jewish, and he seems to be a big fan of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

It continues,

As recently as 2018, Walker praised And the Truth Shall Set You Free, during an interview with The New York Times. “In Icke’s books,” she said, “there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person’s dream come true.” Who knows how many people she has introduced to this terrible thing.

Walker is a fierce critic of the state of Israel, and has refused to allow a Hebrew translation of The Color Purple. She has rejected charges of anti-Semitism as attempts to silence her support for the Palestinians, but the argument that Walker’s issue is only with the Israeli government, not with the Jewish people, is specious. In that poem, she describes the Palestinians as just the latest examples of the victims of an “ancient” evil perpetrated “with impunity, and without conscience, / By a Chosen people.” This is hate.

You can see why Workers World would like Icke..

Written by Andrew Coates

May 17, 2022 at 4:37 pm

As the Communist Party of Britain Launch Biggest Election Campaign for Decades, Communist Party in Glasgow campaign for council election despite not being registered.

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Tankies Gotta Tank.

Communists have launched their election campaign – and yet again its the biggest for forty years. Last May we stood more candidates than for forty years, including in areas not contested in generations. This May 2022, will be bigger still. And we have a strong case to make in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our message, ‘Communities fit for working class people!’ is bold, radical and just what local communities need. Facing the uncertainty of imperialist adventure and war abroad and economic crisis and a health crisis at home, it may be tempting for voters to turn their back on the booths. 


So the opening shot of our campaign is aimed at young people, to register to vote.

CPB.

Daily Record.

Three Communist Party members launched campaigns to become councillors in Glasgow despite not having officially registered as candidates.

Johnnie Hunter, 28, set-up social media profiles to promote his bid to be elected as a member for the Canal ward in the north of the city when voters go to the polls in May.

But he promptly deleted the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages today after it was pointed out he was not named on the official list of candidates.

Hunter shared a campaign video on Wednesday in which he claimed Glasgow and the Canal ward "had been neglected, ignored, and cut by the Scottish Government and the SNP-controlled city council for decades".

“If you think that we need to build communities that are fit for working class people, and the lives that we deserve, vote Communist for Glasgow City Council on May 5,” he said.

The polling day mystery was pointed out by the respected election analysis website Ballot Box Scotland.

Responding to one of Hunter’s online campaign adverts, the account – run by Allan Faulds – asked: “Uh, lads? You know you need to submit nomination papers, right?”

The Communist Party had announced earlier this week that two other candidates would also be standing in Glasgow – but neither was mentioned on the official list published yesterday.

The CPB join the nasty nippers (Northern Independence Party, By-election Hartlepool, in total incompetence (Northern Independence Party struck from Hartlepool by-election after they fail to register in time).

Would you buy second-hand tank from this lot?

Written by Andrew Coates

April 1, 2022 at 8:02 pm