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More Reasons to Back Keir Starmer as Mail attacks and Natty Dresser Galloway Scorns “Tailor’s Dummy”.

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Such worker-friendly sentiments differ greatly from his views while on the ¿editorial collective¿ of Trotskyite magazine Socialist Alternatives. A 1989 edition is seen above

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Using an image from this Blog Harry Cole, who used to go out with Boris Johnson’s present companion, Carrie Symonds (Boris Blonde Was Former Girlfriend Of Senior Sun Editor) has a little rant.

HARRY COLE: ‘Young Trot’ Sir Keir Starmer spent the 1980s campaigning AGAINST the minimum wage

Millionaire lawyer and Labour leadership front-runner Sir Keir Starmer spent the 1980s campaigning AGAINST the minimum wage, I can reveal.

Last year, Sir Keir, 57, was much more on message, celebrating that ‘two decades ago Labour delivered the national minimum wage. Millions of people saw their pay rise. This is what a Labour Government can deliver.’

But such worker-friendly sentiments differ greatly from his views while on the ‘editorial collective’ of Trotskyite magazine Socialist Alternatives.

Gasp!

The then 24-year-old claimed it would lead to ‘continued confusion’ over the role of unions as it ‘places the onus’ to protect employment rights on the state rather than the organised proletariat.

He insisted the minimum wage ‘calls into question the central principle of free collective bargaining’.

Such less than friendly statements – back in an article in the 1980s…a “campaign”…..

Given that even Jeremy Corbyn points to the minimum wage as one of the few things he will praise Tony Blair for, has Sir Keir – who now claims to be a moderate – managed to outflank the veteran Lefty?

The 1980s, the years of the Blair hegemony…..

As one of the comments goes:

Bliar was also a Trot once, ditto John Reid

How true, how very true….

Another reason to both like and back Keir Starmer is supplied by Gorge Galloway:

The far-right Express ‘reports’.

George Galloway tears apart ‘tailor’s dummy’ Keir Starmer over ‘denial’ of Brexit failure

GEORGE GALLOWAY lashed out at Labour leadership frontrunner Sir Keir Starmer claiming the shadow Brexit secretary is a “tailor’s dummy”, arguing Labour is in “denial” over their Brexit policy.

 

 

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January 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm

Blue Labour Makes Pitch for Progressive Patriotism to Lead Labour Values.

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Blue Labour Opponents of EU Now Relishing Post-Brexit Opportunities.

Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long Bailey’s call for progressive patriotism continues to echo throughout the labour movement.

Is this the thinker whose ideas can help rebuild a mainstream Labour Party?

Robert Philpot. Jewish Chronicle 

The time may have come for the ‘Blue Labour’ ideas of Ed Miliband’s former guru to help reshape Labour’s return to being a party for the working classes, writes Robert Philpot.

.. Lord Glasman is no rent-a-quote. Beneath the headline-grabbing comments was a serious philosophy. “Blue Labour”, as he termed it, urged the party to reconnect with its traditional supporters by embracing the values of “flag, faith and family”.

There may be few second acts in politics but last month’s election may give Lord Glasman a new opportunity to help shape how Labour rebuilds the “red wall” which Boris Johnson so effectively demolished.

Although she hails more from the party’s soft left, likely leadership contender Lisa Nandy is probably the most sympathetic of the potential candidates to Lord Glasman’s ideas. She has spoken at Blue Labour events and her close ally, Jon Cruddas, has been one of its strongest proponents.

Like Lord Glasman, the Wigan MP called for Labour to honour the result of the EU referendum and her belief that “place, identity, history and culture matter” is straight out of the Blue Labour playbook. So, too, her suggestion last month that, “There is a strong feeling in towns like mine that Labour stopped listening long ago and that we no longer have much understanding or care for the things that matter deeply to them or their families.”

Tireless campaigner against rootless Cosmopolitans, Paul Embery tweets.

In the Daily Mail a couple of days ago Peter Hitchens gives Blue Labour a puff.

..there is a tiny glimmer of hope, which I think civilised people should encourage.

It is called ‘Blue Labour’. At the moment it is only a few brave and thoughtful people, and it was pushed to one side in the Corbyn era of childish, clapped-out 1970s Leftism.

But if it succeeds it could not only be a good Opposition, it might even be a good government. People forget what Labour used to be.

Before it was taken over by Bloomsbury social liberals and Islington Eurocommunists in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a highly conservative, patriotic, working-class party.

Where political parties combine patriotism, a strong but just welfare state, good education, firm policing and tough defence, they tend to win elections.

If they can seize back control of the People’s Party, I’d support them against the Pinko Tories.

You can read more about them on the Brexit Party supporting Spiked site.

‘Globalisation has made our lives empty’

Maurice Glasman talks to Brendan O’Neill about Brexit, Blue Labour and the demonisation of the working class.

There are many critiques of Blue Labour, including on this Blog.

A central argument is that it is an adaption to national populism.

Now, with the failure of left populism, this looks an enticing prospect for some, and not just overt right-wingers like Hitchens.

Before somebody proposes “articulating” their ideas into Labour’s mix, serious issues need to be looked at.

One of the most recent to offer an account of them is this excellent article in the Political Quarterly (which we have referred to before).

TOXIC FRIENDS? A CRITIQUE OF BLUE LABOUR

Since the Brexit vote, the followers of Blue Labour – an advocacy group associated with the Labour Party that promotes conservative ideas – have accepted much of the far right’s analysis. Advanced by the likes of Paul Embery and Adrian Pabst, they have adopted the far rights’ language and terminology at an alarming rate.

Importantly, followers of Blue Labour have also bought into a binary divide: the choice is either neoliberal hyper‐globalisation or a patriotic nationalism. The possibility of any different types of globalisation has been denied.

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Critique of Blue Labour: Towards a renewed social democratic alliance

Labour’s successes in 1945, 1964 and 1997 came through linking together the labour movement, the public sector and middle class intellectuals. Alliances will not necessarily return in the ‘old’ form, but they need to be constructed. The first step is to articulate alternative models of globalisation.

Progressives need an economic policy promoting a new relationship with nature and a thorough green industrial strategy that addresses the economic and social concerns of those who globalisation has passed by.

Progressives should also seek to create a sense of interconnectedness. Blue Labourites find it hard to conceive that a person can approve of European integration and yet still retain a national and local identity. The modern world is interconnected and overlaps. For instance, the wings for an Airbus are made in North Wales and Bristol, but the aircraft as a whole is put together in Toulouse.

To sum up, as the Green movement expresses it, ‘think global, act local’. There is no gulf between the two.

 

 

Labour Contenders Back Recommendations from Board of Deputies of British Jews.

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Contenders voice support for recommendations from Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Labour’s leader and deputy leadership contenders have demonstrated their commitment to tackling antisemitism in the party by backing a series of pledges set out by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Within hours of the organisation launching its “10 pledges”, which include adopting the international definition of antisemitism with all its examples and clauses, the majority of hopefuls had given their support.

This included Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer, who served in the shadow cabinet under Jeremy Corbyn.

It is a welcome move that the Labour candidates have accepted that the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has to be sorted out.

Many of the ideas are good, above all the demand to resolve cases, and to make it clear that no quarter should be given to bigotry.

But there serious problems with this pledge.

The first is that training on antisemitism will be carried out the Jewish Labour Movement – the JLM is a pro-Israel group, with its own supportive  views on the issue of Zionism, which neither all people from a Jewish background agree with, nor all Labour Party members. 

There is equally the fact that the JLM expressed this factional view during the General Election (Jewish Labour),

We will not be campaigning unless in exceptional circumstances and for exceptional candidates, like our Parliamentary Chair Ruth Smeeth, and members of the Parliamentary Labour Party who’ve been unwavering in their support of us. We will not be giving endorsements to candidates in non-Labour held seats.

This statement was elaborated,

Where and how will the Jewish Labour Movement be campaigning in the general election?

The Jewish Labour Movement only will be campaigning for exceptional candidates and in exceptional circumstances. This includes for our Parliamentary Chair Ruth Smeeth. We will not be replicating the scale of our campaigning activity that we undertook in 2017, where JLM organised more than 50 campaign activities across six electoral regions and nations and in marginal seats. No JLM Officers will be standing for election.

Are individual Jewish Labour Movement members allowed to campaign for any Labour candidate?

Our General Election Statement is the Movement’s position and reflects the collective will of our members. What individual members decide to do during the general election is a private matter for each to decide; no doubt this will be a very difficult decision for many.

Will the Jewish Labour Movement campaign against candidates that they do not see to have been sufficient allies in the fight against antisemitism in the Labour Party?

We will seek to highlight candidates’ shortcomings or failings in the fight against antisemitism. Where this is the case, they will not benefit from any Jewish Labour Movement resources.

A body which engages in this factionalism is not a good vehicle to offer sensitive or coherent courses on the complex issue of anti-Semitism.

If we can dismiss the response below then this, and other issues remain such as the idea that Labour Party affairs be settled by an outside “independent provider”. And who exactly will decide which Jewish community body is acceptable and which is not?  Is the Board of Deputies going to decide on this? ‘Community Groups’ covers a wide range, and, without a suffrage and elections,  nobody is clear how “representative”one is. The Board of Deputies is not the only voice around who can say.

It is therefore not only the Corbyn ultras – below – who will express concern.

A rally in support of left-wing Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey was marred by an attack on the “Tory” Chief Rabbi and the Jewish Labour Movement.

Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon and Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe both spoke at the post-general election gathering in central London on Thursday evening but Graham Durham, a Brent Central Labour Party member, was cheered by many in the audience as he ranted that Ms Long-Bailey did not deserve support because she was “cuddling up to the Jewish Labour Movement and the Chief Rabbi, a well-known Tory”.

Jewish Chronicle.

No, Rebecca Long-Baily, you SHOULD NOT sign up to the 10 pledges by the ‘Board of Deputies’!

Labour Against the Witch-hunt.

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January 13, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Progressive Patriotic Socialists Flock to George Galloway’s New Workers’ Party of Britain.

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Labour Leadership Hopefuls Beware: Galloway Addresses Masses Backing Workers’ Party of Britain.

 

The Workers Party positively embraces Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Britain needs to be free of the EU regulations that would restrict our fiscal and monetary policy and prevent Britain from taking public ownership of key utilities and transport infrastructure.

More on Birmingham event.

In the morning George will set out his vision for the Workers Party and discuss the historical necessity of building an alternative workers political party to the discredited and treacherous Labour party and its Blairite leadership. As always, the audience will be encouraged to participate and George will chair contributions from the floor until lunchtime.

In the afternoon the Workers Party will turn its attention to a British institution we all hold dear, the NHS. Britain’s best known communist vascular surgeon Dr Ranjeet Brar (@Rango1917) will be joined by the NHS campaigner and inspiration behind the films “Sell-Off” and “The Great NHS Heist” Dr Bob Gil (@drbobgill). These two doctors will chart the path which led to the privatisation of the NHS and what must be done to turn things around. Contributions from the floor will be positively encouraged.

To close out the day George Galloway will give a closing speech and there will be time over lunch and at the end to meet new friends and talk politics!

 

The Spanking New Workers’ Party will be Leading Protests Against US Threats to Iran.

“The party was founded in December 2019, by the former Labour and Respect Party Member of Parliament George Galloway, following the 2019 United Kingdom general election.[1]

The Workers Party is affiliated with the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist) with its vice chair Joti Brar, also serving as deputy leader of the newly founded party.[2]

Wikipedia entry – to be expanded soon!

Written by Andrew Coates

January 10, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Qasem Soleimani, hated commander of the Islamic Republic’s Quds Force has been killed – Worker Communist Party of Iran.

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“Qasem Soleimani, the hated commander of the Islamic Republic’s Quds Force” – Worker-communist Party of Iran.

The Stop the War Coalition responded differently.

The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is an act of war by Donald Trump. The act was carried out in Baghdad, violating all agreements with the Iraqi government. Both Iran and Iraq will retaliate. Trump has been heading for war since tearing up the nuclear deal with Iran and if he succeeds will create a bigger war than we have seen in the Middle East. It will draw in major players across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia.

This is the bloody result of two decades of war started by the US after 9/11. Those of us who said war in Iraq would lead to endless conflict and misery were absolutely right to do so. And those who justified those wars are now looking on while the situation escalates.

We must do everything we can to oppose war with Iran – and attacks on Iraq if it demands the withdrawal of US troops.

Lindsey German.

German says not a word about this war criminal’s actions.

Statement of the Worker-communist Party of Iran:

Qasem Soleimani, the hated commander of the Islamic Republic’s Quds Force has been killed

In the early hours of today, Qasem Soleimani, along with a number of key commanders of the Quds Force, and of Hashd Al-Shaabi and Kata’ib Hezbollah, including Kata’ib’s chief commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, were killed in a drone strike near Baghdad Airport. The attack comes after clashes between the US and the Islamic Republic forces in Iraq over the past few days. The death of Qasem Soleimani, who was the absolute commander of the Quds Force and one of the most powerful commanders of the Islamic Republic’s Pasdaran paramilitary force (IRGC), is a deadly blow to the Islamic Republic – in Iran, in the region and particularly in Iraq.

Soleimani was one of the most vicious terrorists of the Islamic regime, playing a key role in the organisation of terror groups in Syria, Yemen and particularly in Iraq. He was the architect and organiser of Hashd Al-Shaabi and other Islamic gangs in Iraq and in effect led the suppression of the Iraqi people and their uprising. His killing will no doubt delight the people of Iraq and Iran who detest the Islamic Republic and are engaged in a daily fight with this regime and its mercenaries. People of Iran share in the happiness of the people of Iraq, who have come out dancing and celebrating on the streets of Baghdad.

Following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the Islamic Republic will no doubt step up its attempts to incite military clashes between the Islamic forces and the American army in the region, and in particular in Iraq. However, the revolutionary people of Iraq and the power of Tahrir Square, which have already driven the fading Iraqi state into a total political crisis and deadlock, will not allow the warlike attempts of the Islamic Republic to succeed. The victim of such attempts will ultimately be the Islamic Republic itself.

The main response of the people of Iran to the rants of the leaders of the Islamic Republic, aimed at militarising and terrorising the social climate, and the way to confront the dangers of a conflict between Islamic terrorism and American militarism, is to step up the struggle for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic in Iran and its expulsion from Iraq, which is a key demand of the people of Iraq.

Victory to the revolution of the people of Iraq!

Down with the Islamic Republic!

Worker-communist Party of Iran

3 January 2020

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January 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Tribune ‘Culture’ Editor’ attacks Internationalist Left (“Workers’ Power” and “Trots”) in the Guardian.

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Guardian Publishes Sectarian Rant.

This article, to say the least odd, drew an immediate response from comrade Paul Mason,

If you must compare Corbyn to a past Labour leader, it isn’t Michael Foot

In fact the drift of this rant is not that peculiar.

Hatherly is the author of “Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings.” 

As he says at the outset, he comes from a family of the left. His grandparents were communists, and his parents were members of Militant Tendency. One childhood holiday was spent at the Militant Labour summer camp on Mersea Island, Essex. The book is in these ways personal. Part of its mission is to find “what socialism is”, to recover from its disappointments, abuses and atrocities what was good about his family’s convictions. He is therefore keen to puncture ideas of western superiority and exonerate where he can the alleged failures of communism.

So Hatherly is pretty patronising and bizarre himself, to begin with.

Then…

Let’s begin with his ‘cultural ‘editorship in Tribune….

The magazine is owned by the US  populist Jacobin magazine, and run by a group of toffs.

Their European Editor is a fan of M. 6,3%  JeanLuc Mélenchon, Dave Broder.

He has developed his own loathing of ‘trots’ over the years, though a different faction to the one pretentious architectural critic Hatherly dislikes.

Home Countries Broder,  immediately after the British election, launched into an attack on the internationalists after the UK, by denouncing the “liberal denunciation of Brexit.”

Fellow upper-cruster, and deputy  Editor of New Left Review, Daniel Finn, blamed Labour’s defeat on the internationalist left:

The Obsessive Remainers Have Scored a Massive Own Goal.

His painted a picture taking of a Remain plot to scupper Labour’s Chances.

Continuity Remain could call upon its own army of foot soldiers, a “political assets” as the conspis call them,

Daniel Cohen continued, his Gentleman’s Relish spluttering over the text,

Remainists are the people who keep bringing the conversation back to Brexit. They point out that the referendum was only ever meant to be advisory, and insist that another one is just around the corner. They go on protests. They have strong opinions about Guy Verhofstadt and Sabine Weyand. They worry about chlorinated chicken. They have acquired detailed knowledge of electoral law and can list the Leave campaign’s violations. They light up at any mention of the 2012 Olympics. They wonder what Orwell would have made of all this. They hang the EU flag in their windows.

Trainspotting notes.

Workers’ Power,  were a split from the SWP/IS long back.

The League for the Fifth International was perhaps their crowning moment,

They have minimal influence on the internationalist pro-EU left, whose breath extends from the Greens, Left Labour MPs, Open Labour, Chartist, Red Pepper to more radical left groups, such as Socialist Resistance, and the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty – none of which are friends of WP/Red Flag

We do however agree with comrade Paul mason on the fight against National Populism, National neoLiberalism.

This Blog also agrees with Paul Mason on the importance of universal human rights.

Things have changed, we need a bloc of the internationalist left, around human rights (the greatest movement for human rights in modern history is the trade union movement) in  defence of internationalism against the national populists, Johnson, Blue Labour and their objective allies, the  ‘left’ populists’.

And we are united against the kind of rubbish that the minions of Jacobin and its UK branch are trying to spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

December 28, 2019 at 1:37 pm

Lexit Left Victory as Johnson Declares ” People’s Brexit” is underway.

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Lexit Left ‘Victory’.

Jim writes (Labour leavers gloat and bleat over Labour’s Brexit stance).

Various uncritical Corbyn-fans, Stalinists and little-Englanders are wasting no time in claiming “we lost because we were too pro-Remain.”

This weekend’s Morning Star, in typical tawdry and dishonest fashion, uses its front page to gloat that “REMAIN IS OVER”, quoting two union leaders (Dave Ward of the CWU and Kevin Courtney of the NEU), neither of whom has any noticeable record of actually campaigning for Brexit/”Lexit” within the labour movement.

The same paper’s editorial bleats that “Labour’s leader was the first to call for Article 50 to be triggered after the referendum result in 2016, and long resisted the efforts to trap his party in a Remain box. Had Labour paid more attention to its leader, it might not have suffered such devastating losses this week.”

The Morning star did more.

It cited the Aaron Banks funded Red-Brown (involved in the ‘Full Brexit’ which brings together Labour Brexiteers, Blue Labour, supporters of the Brexit Party, and Conservatives, ) Trade Unionists Against the EU” .

A  spokesperson, perhaps anti-rootless cosmopolitan campaigner Paul Embery, said.

A spokesperson from campaign group Trade Unionists Against the EU suggested that the Tories could face challenges from the public after pushing through Brexit.

“A Johnson government is a Brexit government, defined by Brexit, elected to deliver Brexit; it has a single purpose: to get Brexit done; it has no other mandate,” it said.

“It legitimacy ceases once we leave the EU.”

‘Remain has been defeated. The movement needs to move on,’ unions say

In other words, good on you my son Johnson, do your job and then we’ll meet in friendly combat.

The enemies of the internationalist left are still at it.

The People’s Brexit mouthpiece Counterfire carries this post:

Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister was unthinkable for the Labour right, and demanding a second referendum was about destroying the Corbyn project, writes John Westmoreland

Speaking for the ‘Pithead’ he declares,

The truth is, no matter how unpalatable, that Johnson’s “Get Brexit done” is what persuaded many workers in the Labour heartlands to vote for parties other than Labour.

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This tells us that the deciding factor was not the appeal of Boris Johnson, but the desire to reinforce Doncaster’s vote to leave the EU. There is little doubt that if Labour had stuck to upholding the result of the referendum and simultaneously fighting for social and economic justice, the results would be very different.

Hammering home this message Lindsey German wrote on the same site, wearing one of her many hats (Stop the War Coalition onwards), she said,

The People’s Vote Campaign played a big part in forcing this shift and was an amalgam of Tories, the Lib Dems and Blairites like Alastair Campbell. These people claimed, supported by many on the left like the Another Europe is Possible campaign, that they only had to worry about Remain voters and that most Leave voters wouldn’t vote Labour anyway. Well, they haven’t now. And Brexit will follow in the coming weeks.

At yesterday’s successful and, in the circumstances  well-attended (over a hundred)  Another Europe is Possible Conference a number of speakers gave a different message.

The internationalist left heard from a speaker from County Durham who said that we should make no concessions to the nationalist right.

One member spoke of the way in which the Brexit left had thwarted Labour’s need to underline the reactionary charge of Brexit, in any form. He said that the Lexit Left would try to confuse the responsibility for the defeat by blaming the pro-Remain left (see above). Pro-Brexit factions were  one of the main causes of Labour’s disastrous result, by encouraging the belief that there was a progressive ‘People’s Brexit’ on the cards. It was little wonder that voters who heard that message would prefer the only actually existing Brexit: Johnson’s.

 

These are some of the concluding speeches.

Now that the Tories offer a People’s Brexit what’s to stop the Lexiteers joining in?

The fight against the national populists now trying to influence Labour is only just beginning.

Now there is also this:

 

 

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December 15, 2019 at 12:04 pm