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As Election Looms George Galloway Attacks Corbyn Betrayal.

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One Man Speaks  it Like it is.

Galloway is leading from in front!

Yes, but will he still be supporting Labour (where he is not himself standing), one may ask?

He retweets his national comrade Paul Embery on a delicate issue, sensitively handled.

 

Here is another reason not to vote Labour: 99% of Giraffes are not gay!

 

 

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So many happy memories! I recall that Social Democratic Federation London street meeting where I was introduced to the audience as George Galloway’s “worst enemy”.

For the back of the crowd a husky voice from a young chap in a Fedora cried out, “Not while I’m alive laddie!”

One hopes Galloway’s old friends in the Stop the War Coalition and Counterfire also have some happy tales to share!

Written by Andrew Coates

October 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

George Galloway and “#RamsayMcDonnell”. A Roman-Photo in the Age of Surveillance Leftism.

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Don’t you know who I am! I used to be George Galloway, You Hear Me!

Some, with a smattering of knowledge about the left, try to explain the present foray against John McDonnell from anti-internationalists  in political terms from the distant past.

Aaron Bastani seems to think that Corbyn has something to do with the old Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB).

He contrasts this McDonnell’s Eurocommunism.

Zero marks for spotting Basta!

The CPGB evoked through Euro-communism to Marxism Today.

Neither McDonnell owe anything much to either the organisation or the political current.

Both were part of the left that rejected the turn that became a kind of support for the Third Way of Blair, not to mention this (The Democratic Left was the Euro wing’s last gasp)

The Democratic Left stated a belief in a pluralist and socialist society “incompatible with the structures and values of capitalism.” Beginning as a political party, it decided not to stand candidates but instead to support tactical against the Conservatives at the 1992 General election and soon become a non-party campaigning organisation. DL campaigned on modernising unions, including Unions21; anti-racism and cultural diversity; democratising Britain, including Make Votes Count; social exclusion and poverty, including the Social Exclusion Network; focussing on coalition building, and operating in effect as a ‘socialist anti-Conservative front’.

One could say that Corbyn has some closeness to the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) – Morning Star.

But very few people would argue that his politics are, or could ever, be related to their full programme, the British Road to Socialism which includes the model of central planning from the old Soviet days that few others on the left accept.

The idea that you can find Labour policy, or in the views of either the party Leader of the Shadow Chancellor, starting from the principle that, “capitalist monopoly corporations and their state can be replaced by state power in the hands of the working class and its allies” * is off beam automated stuff.

Others think of the fight as an epic battle.

A weary warrior, lain to sleep in the comfortable sofas of RT, has been sprung to life to root out the McDonnell Trotskyite Wrecking Centre.

Others, who have read The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:  Shoshana Zuboff (2019) suggest that this a high point in the ” intensification of connection and monitoring online with spaces of social life becoming open to saturation by third rate political actors.”

The anti-McDonnald factionalists are attempting a “primitive accumulation” of emotions to moblise for the red-brown project of radical national populism, the point where Galloway meets Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party.

A more modest view is that this is a tale of spurned affection, and efforts to win it back through dramatic attention seeking.

It can be seen in this Roman-Photo.

There’s plenty more…

Written by Andrew Coates

October 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Red Brown Front News: Arthur Scargill ‘Backs Boris on Brexit’ and George Galloway claims that he is “not Far Right” but Defends Nigel Farage.

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Red Brown Front.

Breitbart news exults,

Arthur Scargill — bane of Margaret Thatcher, architect of the early 1980s miners’ strike, hard-left trade union leader — has come out for Brexit.

He has revealed his sympathies — and the fact that he is still alive, which quite a few of us didn’t realise — in an unexpectedly witty and on-point letter to the Daily Telegraph.

SIR – I find it interesting that the leaders of the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party are all calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General on the grounds that they acted unlawfully in advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament. Are these party leaders also going to call for the resignation of Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice; Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls; and Dame Victoria Sharp, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, who ruled that the Prime Minister acted legally?

Arthur Scargill
President, National Union of Mineworkers 1982-2002
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Red Brown Fronters agree:

 

Brexit Party backer and Red-Brown candidate against Labour and for Brexit, n the West Bromwich East constituency George Galloway tweets:

 

Galloway got the support of a Brexit Party member.

Followed by,

The Morning Star echoes the Red-Brown Front’s language in attacking the anti-Hard Right internationalist left in these terms,

Editorial. 

 

One bizarre aspect of the present situation is the way in which that section of Remain opinion which sees the present prime minister as the incarnation of Establishment power presents itself as the bearer of insurgent values of liberal toleration.

This will come as a surprise to a mostly working-class tranche of the public which finds itself the object of derision and contempt from an entitled petty-bourgeois faction which sees the entirely rational hostility of working people to the EU as bearing the stigmata of an intellectual inferiority by which they identify their social inferiors.

They have yet to comment on their pro-Brexit ally Scargill’s backing for the Tory PM.

March with the internationalist left!

 

Written by Andrew Coates

September 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Ex Key Galloway Ally Salma Yaqoob tries to Become Labour Mayor of Birmingham.

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Yaqoob Back in the Days of Respect.

Ex Respect leader and anti-war activist Salma Yaqoob launches shock bid to be West Midlands Mayor

Outspoken activist Salma Yaqoob has launched an audacious bid to win the right to challenge Andy Street as West Midlands Mayor, BirminghamLive understands.

Ms Yaqoob, former leader of the Respect Party and an ex Birmingham city councillor, has decided at the 11th hour to throw her hat into the ring to win the Labour nomination – despite questions over her party credentials.

Subject to confirmation from Labour’s executive that her candidacy meets membership criteria, she will stand against Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne, thought to be the frontrunner, and unions favourite Pete Lowe from Dudley in the race to be selected as the party’s official candidate to take on Street next May.

The reason why she left Respect was not disagreement with its politics, but a personal spat with Galloway over his defence of Julian Assange.

He suggested accusations against Julian Assange by two Swedish women did not constitute rape “as most people understand it” and Assange was simply guilty of “bad sexual etiquette.”

Yaqoob was caught up in the backlash and left the party as a result.

This is what she said afterwards,

I’ve always admired George’s anti-imperialist stances and I don’t regret, for a second, standing side by side on those issues. But for me, to have to make a choice between that and standing up for the rights of women was a false choice. I thought it was a blurring of something that didn’t need to be blurred. It’s not that complicated – you can hold two ideas at the same time.” Of course, “we’re all human, we can’t always make perfectly worded and crafted sentences – I really hoped a clarification would sort that out.” She published a statement setting out her own position, but then, as she describes it, things escalated. Although she says Galloway never got directly in contact – and still hasn’t – she felt she was being personally maligned; that “under the guise of different names there were personal attacks”.

Salma Yaqoob, in her first interview, explains why she left the party, what comes next – and her thoughts on George Galloway

The interview continued,

There is also a significant cohort worried about the nature of the membership of Respect, that it is an uneasy alliance of far left and Islamist far right. “I will not accept that. I’ve been there from the beginning. I know that we have fought those very reactionary forces, we challenged them from within. I get the hate calls – I get people in the streets saying, ‘She is trying to wreck our homes.’ I’ve had the death threats, that anyone who beheads me will go straight to heaven. Because I promote democracy, because I have a very clear stance on pluralism. Pluralism is not about just supporting people you happen to agree with anyway. I would challenge anybody to say where I have pandered to, never mind encouraged, any reactionary stance.”

This is denying reality, the alliance between Respect and Islamists is a fact that can’t be wished away by referring to their distance from the most extreme, violent, wing and ignoring the link between the party with ‘moderate’ Islamists of, amongst others,  the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Her own ignoble role in denying Islamist influence during the Trojan Horse scandal is a matter of record. (1)

 

One can admire her standing up for democracy against the Jihadist wing of Islamism.

 

One can also admire the fact that she has stood up for Syrian refugees.

And she believes in a Third EU referendum, not to mention loathes the Boris Johnson Coup.

Yaqoob appears to have made a personal enemy in arch-right wing Leaver MP Roger Godsiff which is good.

 

But her background in Galloway-style bogus ‘anti-imperialism’ is still there.

 

Because of this, Lansman’s is very far from a unanimous left-wing view:

(1) “While Ofsted’s inspection of Park View is not thought to have found any evidence of extremist behaviour, the report concludes:

  • The academy did not do enough to alert students to the risks of extremism.
  • Speakers invited to the school were not vetted and pupils not taught about the safe use of the internet.
  • Staff are scared of speaking out and some feel governors get inappropriately involved in the running of the school.
  • Pupils are not given adequate preparation for living in a multi-cultural society.
  • Education about sex and relationships is ineffective.

The school’s managing trust has issued a statement rejecting the findings, saying inspectors have misrepresented the facts, adding there was “no suggestion” in the report of extremism being present in classrooms.

Park View Educational Trust said: “Ofsted judges that Park View is not doing enough to raise students’ awareness of the ‘risks of extremism’. We reject this.

“It is also crucial to note that the Ofsted reports make absolutely no suggestion, nor did they find any evidence, that trust schools either promote or tolerate extremism or radicalisation.”

The trust added it had been working with the government’s Prevent anti-extremism programme since at least 2012.

It said there was “an open working environment” but accepted improvements in areas like staff pay, recruitment and progression could be made.

However, it said “a disillusioned workforce would soon result in (academic) standards slipping” and this had not been the case, with three-quarters of GCSE pupils earning grades A* – C, including maths and English, last year.

Mr Gove is facing renewed pressure from his Labour shadow, Tristram Hunt, over the government’s handling of the threat of extremism in schools.

Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “How you can go from outstanding to inadequate? And that’s because the inspection criteria is not fit for purpose.

“We want a much broader criteria to make sure these problems don’t arise.”

Ms Yaqoob, who described herself as “a Birmingham mum”, alleged that Ofsted’s findings were “prejudged” and she had yet to see “a shred of evidence” that pupils were being radicalised.

“The kids of Birmingham are already damned as being extremist,” she added.

“One of the [Ofsted] inspectors asked a girl who was sitting next to a Muslim boy whether she felt intimidated.

“The assumption being that a Year 11 Muslim boy is, by virtue of being a Muslim boy, intimidating.”

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 17, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Galloway Anti-Boris Coup Protests: A “strange melange of liberals, Trotskyists, and EU fanatics” Morning Star attacks, “desertion by large sections of the left and the labour movement of the anti-EU cause”.

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“The strange melange of liberals, Trotskyists, and EU fanatics.”

The noted Red-Brown supporter of the Brexit Party is in full forth froth today:

Our least finest hour: Britain is in the grip of mass hysteria

George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator (also the leader of the one of the biggest post-war ‘left’ parties, Respect, which was backed by, amongst others, Counterfire, who have called for protests today).

…the “left” has been worse than the right!

March, strike, occupy” was their answer to the draconian decision to give 5 more away-days to their MPs (few of whom they would, hitherto, be seen dead with).

March they did, in decent numbers. Though, when counted, it became clear they had confused thousands with millions, the first month of pregnancy with the ninth.(nice touch that one!)

As for strike, of course not a single British worker downed tools, no doubt on account of the fact that foie gras isn’t on their menu and they have no current plans to travel to Provence.

The promise (threat) to occupy bridges and block roads has not yet been kept. Perhaps being confronted with angry workers whom they were hoping would be on strike put them off this slogan.

Hell hath no fury like the entitled middle-class not getting their way, but it all had the feel of a tantrum rather than a revolution in the end.

And anyway it was quickly overtaken with the even greater threat to democracy of a general election by universal suffrage. The news is alight with the speculation that, faced with a recalcitrant parliament determined to block the Brexit which the people voted for, the PM is about to ask the people to elect another one.

We await his Spiked column to join Brendan O’Neill shaking his willy.

A protest against the people

The ‘Stop the Coup’ movement is a middle-class revolt against the masses.

…..the deceptive, dishonest ‘Stop the Coup’ marches are not surprising, they are deeply concerning. Language matters. Ideas matter. Democracy matters. We cannot allow people to distort the meaning of the word democracy so shamelessly and so thoroughly. We cannot allow the agitators against democracy to claim the mantle of democracy. Democracy is far too important to become the twisted plaything of the disgruntled urban elites.

Language does matter.

Not to mention this! (update):

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His Red-Brown Front continues their work.

The Morning Star has learnt a lesson or twenty in Spiked language and is now nearly fluent.

The sage, pro Brexit, organ of the Communist Party of Britain says,

Editorial: Leave or Remain, we don’t need crass identity politics

On the pro-Leave side, there has long been the presence of right-wing, neoliberal, anti-immigration and British nationalist elements who see the return of sovereignty as the means to pursue their reactionary agendas as well as end in itself.

They regard themselves as the only true British patriots and brand their adversaries as unpatriotic traitors.

Their prominence in the pro-Brexit movement has been greatly assisted by the desertion by large sections of the left and the labour movement of the anti-EU cause.

Some such socialists and trade unionists believe that Brexit should only be seen as an option or a necessity when we have a Labour government struggling to implement a left manifesto against massive EU obstruction. Many more fear being labelled as racists or fascists for simply opposing EU membership.

Which brings us to the identity politics now gripping large parts of the pro-Remain, anti-Brexit movement.

They see themselves as the only true “Europeans” and therefore the only genuine internationalists.

Increasingly, they dismiss and deride most if not all anti-EU, pro-Leave supporters as narrow-minded nationalist and racist bigots.

One of the fundamental problems of an identity-based outlook on either side is that it can quickly take on a subjective, emotional character, becoming impervious to evidence and reasoned argument.

As passions are inflamed, this could lead to violence which might indeed threaten democratic and political rights.

We saw the dangers on Saturday. Hysterical slogans equating Boris Johnson, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament with Hitler, fascism and the death of democracy are dangerously deluded, provocative and insulting.

Now the last sentence may well be true, but as for putting internationalists in the same bag as the hard-right Leave……

Some might say that is deluded, provocative and insulting.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 3, 2019 at 10:51 am

Galloway and Labour Leave Join the Brexit Fifth Column to Back Johnson Against the People’s Representatives.

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Queen Suspends Parliament  at Balmoral Council.

This is the reaction of the pro-Brexit FIfth Column claiming to be part of the Labour movement.

More fifth columnists:

 

In the absence of any statement today this looks as if it signals an anti-Labour turn from the Lexit lot.

How far it will go we shall see.

Morning Star

(Yesterday)

Leave Fight Transform spokeswoman Sarah Cundy told the Star that the principal aim of the Lib Dems and pro-Remain MPs is “to block any Left-led Labour government from power.”

She said: “Today is another example of just this.

“We’re disappointed that the Parliamentary Labour Party, all of whom were elected on a manifesto to respect the result of the referendum, is now working with the very people who’ve made it their aim to remove the left from power in the Labour Party.

“As socialists, we should be refusing to rally behind this undemocratic liberal banner of blocking the referendum result which pushes at every turn to restore Blairite hegemony in the Labour Party.”

Written by Andrew Coates

August 28, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Brexit Party Backers George Galloway and CPGB M-L Unite to Denounce “Hong Kong phooey” of pro-Democracy Protests.

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Galloway’s New Best Friend: Ranjeet Brar of the CPGB-ML.

The friendship between George Galloway (once the leader of one of the biggest post-war ‘left’ parties in the UK, Respect) and the micro groupuscule the CPGB (M-L) began when both called for a Vote for the Brexit Party during this year’s European Elections.

Vote Brexit on 23 May! 

CPGB-ML.

When George Galloway declared his intention of voting for the Brexit party in the 23 May European elections, many on the fake left were up in arms, calling him a ‘fascist’ for even considering having anything to do with banker-turned-Brexit-campaigner Nigel Farage.

But as Galloway himself pointed out: “The left-wing predilection to call everyone to the right of you a ‘racist’ or even a ‘fascist’ is not just juvenile, cretinous, but totally counterproductive, driving the [working class] irredeemably beyond your political grasp …

The Brexit party’s arrival on the scene in time for this European election has presented workers with an opportunity to express their anger and let the ruling class know that they won’t be content to sit back and watch the Brexit vote be betrayed.

A VOTE FOR THE BREXIT PARTY IS A VOTE FOR BREXIT!

Bonds have since bloomed.

 

The latest flower is this: China

 

Hong Kong protests: Ranjeet Brar speaks to George Galloway on RT

‘The history of Hong Kong is one that mirrors the history of British imperialism.’

Comrade Ranjeet Brar (which oddly reminds us of Harpal Brar, his dad? and father of  Joti Brar , ‘vice-Chair? see note below *) of the CPGB-ML speaks with George Galloway on his show Sputnik about events unfolding in Hong Kong.

Who are the protestors? What are their demands? What is the role of British and US imperialism and the corporate ‘mainstream’ media? Why have British and US flags been appearing in the hands of demonstrators?

 

  • Harpal Brar (born 5 October 1939) is an Indian communist politician, writer and businessman, based in Britain. He is the founder and former chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist), a role from which he stood down in 2018. Brar was appointed Eternal Honorary Chairman of the Party in August 2019. “He, along with his daughter Joti Brar, is an active member of the Stalin Society, the website of which contains articles disproving alleged Soviet wrongdoing in the Katyn massacre, the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor), and the Moscow Trials which they blame on the Nazis, dismiss as propaganda, or describe as fair process, respectively.”

 

 

Galloway doesn’t go for half-measures:

“These foreign-funded and guided organisations are carefully stabled Trojan Horses chomping their British and American supplied hay until the time came for them to be told to gallop, and gallop they now are.

This is all Hong Kong phooey! No other country in the world would have shown such forbearance in the face of foreign-sponsored rioting destruction and sabotage of the national economy as China has. If in the days to come China’s patience runs out, it will not be before time so far as the great majority of Chinese citizens, including Hong Kong citizens, are concerned.

China signed up to the one country, two systems in the territory. It did not agree to two countries, two systems. Not one inch of Hong Kong belongs to anyone but China. The days when foreign countries could impose their will on China are long gone.”

Hong Kong phooey! Would you like any hypocrisy with that? RT.

George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.

Who is behind the Hong Kong protests?

Comrade Ella Rule features in this Kalima Horra debate, hosted by George Galloway.

 

Galloway has a pat on the head from the Chinese state:

Here is Galloway’s other stunt:

 

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

August 24, 2019 at 11:51 am