Posts Tagged ‘Cults’
“Andy, this will be my only reply to you as I don’t make the effort to read your vile,nasty little rants against the SWP which pale into insignificance next to your filthy,spiteful and cowardly poison vis-a vis Islam.
If Unite the Resistance is a SWP front ( true we are the engine within it) what of Suffolk Coalition for Public Services ( which i support)? Who pulls the strings? Provides the leadership? The Trades Council does and who controls the Trades Council? There are many fantastic delegates to the Trades Council but the dominant person is a member of the Socialist Party and the TC itself has been little more than the industrial wing of the SP/Militant for 20 years.
You yourself are imbued with sectarian politics – you spoke at the TC before the first UTR meeting and said that the TC should have nothing to do with it as it is an SWP front.In other words unless you and Teresa McKay control something you are not willing to work with others.Narrow,minded conservative politics that you both espouse are the reason why UTR exists.
Your hatred of the SWP is well know.Sorry, but the SWP in Ipswich is here to stay. Soak it up or crack up.”
John Curtis SWP
These comments on this Blog demonstrate exactly what many people have always thought about you John.
This of course was the man calling for ‘unity’ with the narrow-minded conservative ‘string pullers’ and ‘poison’ spreaders a little while ago (actually in person he’s said a lot more in the same vein, including towards members of the Labour Party).
The Trades Council is very far from being a ‘front’ for anything but trade unions.
Note: E-Mail correspondence removed at addressee’s request.
Nothing illustrates the different public stand towards religion in America, Britain and France, than the Paris Court which has just prosecuted the French wing of Scientology for ‘swindling’ (escroquerie).
This is the first Headline in Libération this morning.
L’Eglise de scientologie française condamnée à 600 000 euros d’amende
Les deux principales structures françaises de l’organisme sont condamnées pour «escroquerie en bande organisée
The Church of Scientology ordered to pay a 600,000 Euro fine.
The two main scientology structures in France were condemned as a “band of organised swindlers”.
AFP carries a full report in English on this decision (on appeal) here.
This centred on this,
The case began with a legal complaint by a young woman who said she took out loans and spent the equivalent of euro21,000 ($28,000) on books, courses and “purification packages” after being recruited in 1998. When she sought reimbursement and to leave the group, its leadership refused to allow either. She was among three eventual plaintiffs.
Its conclusion is interesting,
While Scientology is recognized as a religion in the U.S., Sweden and Spain, it is not considered one under French law.
Founded in 1954 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the church teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems. It claims 10 million members around the world, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Belgium, Germany and other European countries have been criticized by the U.S. State Department for labeling Scientology as a cult or sect and enacting laws to restrict its operations.
We are surprised that, following the example of Greenfields School – a UK Scientology day and boarding school – they haven’t thought of setting up a ‘free school’ or ‘academy’.
They would get financed directly by the state.
After all every other money grasping business, crank, religious nutter, and bee-in-the-bonnet has taken a long hard look at this particular scam.
As this band of cultists have found in Suffolk with their Maharishi Free School – here.
Leftist Trainspotters of the world are fascinated by this story,
Vanessa Redgrave and the red sex slaves: How her bid to start Marxist revolution plunged her into bizarre scandal
By Tim Adler (from his The House of Redgrave.)
Aside from its radical politics, part of the appeal of the WRP for the Redgraves was its leader, Gerry Healy, who became a kind of father figure.
Like all leaders of cults, he maintained his personal domination by isolating members from their families and the outside world. Despite his contempt for the female sex, he gave Vanessa carte blanche to pursue her career, while Corin was swamped with Party work. Brendan Martin, a WRP member, said that Healy also extended to her ‘the privilege of having a lover who was not in the Party’….
Nothing, it seemed, could rock Vanessa’s steely allegiance to the WRP. So everyone wondered which way she’d jump when it was suddenly split apart by a huge sex scandal in 1985.
At the age of 73, the squat and unattractive Gerry Healy had been accused of ‘gross sexual misconduct’ and expelled by the Party he’d founded. It turned out that he’d had sex with at least 26 comrades, and — in the words of the West Croydon branch — had ‘turned women into his sexual slaves’. As trades unionist Roy Lockett revealed: ‘He told the girls it was their revolutionary duty.’
It also transpired that he’d slept with the daughter of two of his closest friends and then beaten her up, leaving her almost crippled.
Vanessa did what she always did: she held a Press conference. ‘These allegations are all lies and the women who are supposed to have made them are all liars,’ she raged. ‘I don’t care whether it’s 26, 36 or 236 — they’re all liars.’
Corin insisted what Healy did in his spare time was his business, adding that he was ‘neither for, nor against, rape’ but ‘for the social revolution’.
Afterwards, Michael Banda, the newly-elected leader of the WRP, blasted the Redgraves for defending ‘the corrupt sexual practices of a “leader” who thinks nothing of abusing his political authority to degrade women and girl comrades’.
Proceedings then descended into farce. The Redgrave faction tried to expel Banda. And Banda expelled the Redgraves.
Blaming MI5 propaganda for Healy’s downfall, Vanessa and Corin left the WRP and named their breakaway faction ‘The Marxist Party’.
So now there were two parties, each with its own newspaper and each fighting for control of the party’s £1.5 million war chest — much of it donated by Libya, Iraq and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
Banda described Vanessa’s new Party as a ‘bogus WRP, bereft of all credibility, detested and reviled by the vast majority of members’.
…..(Fast-forward to the present)…
She did, however, have a string of new causes: among them, opposition to the Iraq war, defending human rights in Chechnya and demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay. For once, however, her views have been in tune with a substantial section of the middle classes.
Many leftists find it hard to understand why Vanessa Redgrave has been allowed to pontificate in the mainstream media – as she does – about any issue to do with human rights at all.
More from the Daily Mail, the leftist’s friend, Here.
Bob Pitt gave a detailed and important account of the WRP’s history in full some time ago – here.
It remains worth reading.
On the facts related above Pit says,
The final nail in Healy’s political coffin was the eruption of a sexual scandal centring on his corrupt relations with women comrades. Read the rest of this entry »