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Rossites, “The current resurgence in the Covid-19 is driven by the policy of the main Western imperialist powers.”

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John Ross: Lackey of the Chinese Social Imperialists.

“The current resurgence in the Covid-19 is driven by the policy of the main Western imperialist powers.

Socialist Action previously reported that both Biden and Johnson in the US and Britain had effectively washed their hands of the crisis and decided to do nothing to prevent virus spreading. They have been joined by the bulk of the remaining imperialist powers, the partial exceptions being Germany and Japan.”

John Ross: from Trotskyism to power-worship

Well-established rumour has it that SA are engaged in unity negotiations with the Spartacist League.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 9, 2022 at 3:24 pm

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Morning Star Says Labour’s Poll Boost, “Almost Meaningless”.

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Labour Boost “Almost Meaningless”: Morning Star Hearkens Back to a ‘People’s Brexit’.

At the accession of Boris Johnson, the patricians, men and women, were at the height of their good fortune. Society and the voters recognised their superiority, which they themselves pretty calmly took for granted. They owned not only titles and estates, but donors to his cause had seats in the House of Peers, and a preponderant say in the House of Commons. There were a multitude of Government places and contrats, and not merely these, but “paid advocacy” flourished, which, until found out, members of his Party in the Palace of Westminster took not much shame in receiving. It was the good time for the Conservatives. Small blame to them if they took and enjoyed, and over-enjoyed, the prizes of politics, the pleasures of social life.

Others, sprung from the same class, took a critical view of Britain’s Prime Minister.

In June 2019, Hastings described Boris Johnson as “unfit for national office, because it seems he cares for no interest save his own fame and gratification…[his] premiership will almost certainly reveal a contempt for rules, precedent, order and stability…If the price of Johnson proves to be Corbyn, blame will rest with the Conservative party, which is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people – who will not find it funny for long. (Max Hastings)

“Like many showy personalities, he is of weak character. I recently suggested to a radio audience that he supposes himself to be Winston Churchill, while in reality being closer to Alan Partridge.”

Others extend this dim view of the Prime Minister to an equally dark judgement on the leader of the Labour Party.

The Morning Star opines today that Labour should take cold comfort from their rise in the polls (Editorial: As Johnson freefalls, Labour’s poll lead is almost meaningless.

Most of the recent polls show more of a shift from the Tories to the “don’t knows” than to the Labour Party, many of them electors who voted Conservative in 2019 and for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Some had previously voted Labour in 2017, when Jeremy Corbyn promised to honour the EU referendum result.

They have not forgotten Labour’s betrayal of that pledge in 2019 nor the name of the chief betrayer — Starmer. They don’t trust Starmer’s subsequent disavowal of any intention to take Britain back into the EU.

Who can blame them, when he has surrounded himself with shadow cabinet members and advisers whose commitment to the pro-big business, pro-market EU remains undimmed?

Editor-in-Chief Dave Spart continues,

Which brings us to the principle reason why Starmer’s bubble is just so much hot air. For many people, there is more to life and politics than Tory lies and hypocrisy, past breaches of Covid rules and even EU membership.

What is Labour saying about rising gas and electricity bills? What about Britain’s multi-faceted housing crisis? How can we upgrade our local and public services? Where should the money come from? How can we combat domestic violence? What about fairness and rights at work? What more can be done to counteract global warming?

In truth, the Labour leadership has nothing to say that is much different from the Conservatives, nothing to inspire young people and no vision of a fundamentally fairer society.

The harping on about “pro-EU” Starmer advisers and the Referendum reflects on thing: the daily was virulently pro-Leave. They claimed that quitting was a breakthrough, one that the left and labour movement would flourish in if everybody agreed to accept the result, knuckled down, and built socialism in a free sovereign Britain. Given that a section of the bourgeoisie and finance capital, and the national populist wing of the Tory Party were better placed to benefit in a Brexit they engineered this was a fantasy. A toxic one that encouraged the Conservatives in the ballot box and afterwards.

It looks as if the Morning Star still sports Widower and Widow’s Weeds at the unexpected failure of a People’s Brexit, heartily backed by the Labour Party, to happen after their successful support for a Leave Vote, along with Boris Johnson and his Party.

This is what the Communist Party of Britain believed to be close to the Morning Star, said about Labour’s 2019 Defeat,

Britain’s Communist Party blames Labour’s “Stop Brexit” stance for election defeat. December 2019.

The Labour Party secured its election defeat by shifting to a “Stop Brexit” stance, Britain’s Communist Party says.

Addressing an extended meeting of the CP political committee Monday, General Secretary Robert Griffiths said that other factors in Labour’s general election defeat should not be seized upon to obscure this “undeniable and overriding” fact.

This will be a Brexit in name only at a cost of around £33 billion ($43 billion USD)—not the ‘people’s Brexit’ that would allow a British government to support strategic industries, take transport and energy fully into public ownership, reform public procurement rules, slash Value Added Tax, regulate the labour market, and raise funds for massive investment in housing and economic infrastructure.”

For those who recall the still-born People’s Brexit idea here is another version in the House of Commons:

A PEOPLE’S BREXIT EDM (Early Day Motion)13: tabled on 21 June 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

That this House believes that the UK leaving the EU gives the opportunity for a People’s Brexit; further believes that the UK should make use of the opportunity to bring health services, railways services and postal services fully under public management and ownership; urges the Government to require procurement contracts let by public authorities to give preference to British businesses, to introduce a fair points-based immigration system, to establish devolved boards to assess local needs and capacity for immigration, to make provision about the priority accorded to British citizens for the allocation of local authority-owned housing

Mann, JohnLHopkins, Kelvin Mr Jim Godsiff, Mr Roger Hoey, Kate Stringer, GrahamLabour Signed on5 July 2017

The ‘People’s Brexit’, in any version, never happened, and was never going to happen.

Does the Man at the Helm of the ‘Daily Paper of the Left’ have an alternative for the present?

China:

The country, according to him, is evidence that “you can run a society without surrendering to the idea that the market is always right”.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

The Far-Right and the ‘Covid Sceptic’ Bandwagon.

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Piers Corbyn Shown the Door.

(Anti-vax protestors including Piers Corbyn have been forcibly removed from an event led by Sadiq Khan in North London tonight.)

The presence, and in important cases, the leading role of the far-right in protests against restrictions brought about to deal with the Covid pandemic, has been widely reported. The hard core have propagated the view that efforts to stop the spread of the virus are part of a ‘globalist’ plan, run by a Cabal of various bodies, Big Pharma, an opportunity fabricated by those planning the Great Reset of Capitalism (after the expression prominent at the 2000 World Economic Forum).

A widely broadcast video, Hold Up, Retour sur un chaos by French conspiracist Pierre Barnérias claimed that the virus was created in “l’Institut Pasteur before being sent to Wuhan. On-line it was seen by over two million of people in France and elsewhere. The film compiles a variety of false claim “These include the supposed futility of face masks, claims that hydroxychloroquine is a proven remedy for Covid-19, the theory of links to 5G mobile networks and the notion of a totalitarian global government – known as the New World Order – bent on enslaving the people.”

During Lockdown there were protests in many countries, including Ireland and the UK. Their theme was ‘freedom’ from health based restrictions but included conspiracists and the far-right. No formal rightist presence was noted, although the robust anti-vacinne actions called by ‘Official Voice’, “a collective forum of like-minded truth seekers”, in September had a quasi-militarist look about them.

When in France the government introduced the Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire) large demonstrations took place. On the 17th July 100,000 marches across the country, initiating public demonstrations which reached a peak of 237,000 in the middle of August before declining to a few thousand in November. The leading role of Florian Philippot, former henchman of Marine le Pen put the leader of his own far right party, Les Patriots, back in the limelight. “When Philippot was addressing the Paris rally and introduced a man called Benjamin onto the stage, saying, “He got vaccinated, but that was his choice,” there was an awkward moment of hesitation in the crowd, Le Figaro reported. It then erupted into cheers when Philippot said, “But he’s against the health pass!” as Benjamin ripped up his vaccination certificate.” (France 24).

Phillipot’s association with the anti-Health Pass movement was joined by the participation of other extreme-right groupuscules. Their presence went with the anti-Semitic symbols and placards of some protestors, (asking Qui ? ‘Who’ said to indicate a cosmopolitan plot behind the Macron/Cazeneuve measures). This did not deter some left-wingers from joining the upswell, sometimes on the very same ground. For them it was an issue of civil liberty. Jean-Luc Mélenchon called the Health Pass, and other moves, Une addition de sottises sans nom, dans une inefficacité totale et une brutalité absolue.” (a pile of nonsense, completely ineffective and totally brutal) while dissociating himself from the racist presence. The La France insoumise Presidential candidate rejected being lectured to by the Macron political “caste” and complained of having to put up with the far right and anti-Semites on the rallies, ( France Info, “de devoir supporter l’extrême-droite et les antisémites.) Some suggest that the motive of this section of the left was to make a populist appeal to the remains of the gilets jaunes movement which has supported the movement.

At present France’s far-right is engaged in a battle for next year’s Presidential elections. In the duel between Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen Covid issues have come up. The former has winked towards the anti-Health pass movement and has promised to abolish the Health Pass, adding, that boosters will be only for the over 65s. The candidate of the Rassemblement National has called to end the obligation of health care workers to be vaccinated and an easing of restrictions. Florian Philippot has announced his own Presidential candidacy, around the call “le rétablissement de toutes nos libertés” (re-establish all our freedoms) which barely registers (Présidentielle 2022 : Florian Philippot candidat 16.11.21).

The issue has come to the fore across Europe with the weekend demonstrations in Austria, the rioting in the Netherlands, and outbreaks of violence during a Brussels march.

Today the US NBC sums up the most recent developments.

Far right spies an opportunity in Europe’s new wave of Covid pain and protest

A new fault line is emerging in Austrian and European politics: whether or not a party supports Covid restrictions.

The Vienna rally was organized by the far-right Freedom Party, the third biggest political party in Austria, which experts say has used the pandemic to further its anti-establishment credentials and re-establish public support after a high-profile scandal.

“STOPP Impffaschismus,” (stop vaccine fascism) one sign in Vienna read. “Kontrolliert die Grenze, nicht euer volk,” (control the border, not your people) another said — just some of the slogans mixing vaccine skepticism with right-wing ideology.

Austria has become an explicit case of direct far-right involvement in these issues.

What of the UK?

Piers Corbyn is still at it.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 24, 2021 at 2:44 pm