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‘Conspiracy Theorist’ David Miller Gets Academic Backing.

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Academics defend “eminent scholar” David Miller.

The prestigious site Spiked led,

Even conspiracy theorists must have freedom of speech

Frank Furedi (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent).

David Miller has an unpleasant and prejudiced worldview. But Bristol University should not sack him.

I don’t know what’s going on inside the head of Professor David Miller of Bristol University. I do know that he is a fantasist devoted to conspiratorial thinking. I also know he hates Israel, and Jewish people who take exception to his vile polemics against Zionism. And I know that despite the distorted version of reality he promotes, and his obsessive fantasy about Zionism being responsible for the evils of the world, it is wrong to call on his university to fire him. I believe academic freedom is a foundational principle of university life and that it would be far better to challenge Miller’s abhorrent views rather than suppress them.

‘Educators’ (educator, noun, mainly US,  a person who teaches people) and ‘researchers’ someone who conducts research, i.e., an organised and systematic investigation into something) have been bolder, a lot bolder…

Educators and Researchers for David Miller

Re: Academic freedom and the harassment and victimisation of Prof D Miller

We wish to express our serious concerns about the unrelenting and concerted efforts to publicly vilify our colleague Prof David Miller.

Prof Miller is an eminent scholar. He is known internationally for exposing the role that powerful actors and well-resourced, co-ordinated networks play in manipulating and stage-managing public debates, including on racism. The impact of his research on the manipulation of narratives by lobby groups has been crucial to deepening public knowledge and discourse in this area.

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As public intellectuals and academics, we feel duty-bound to express our solidarity with Prof Miller and to oppose such efforts to crush academic freedom. Given your roles within the University and your responsibilities to the wider academic community, we urge you to vigorously defend the principle of academic freedom and the rights to free speech and to evidence-based & research-informed public discourse. We hope that you will uphold the integrity of academic debate.

Prof Sarah Purdy Pro VC (Student Experience)
Prof Tansy Jessop Pro VC (Education)
Mr Jack Boyer Chair, Board of Trustees
Dr. Moira Hamlin Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees
Prof Judith Squires, Provost
Ms Jane Bridgwater, Director of Legal Services
Prof Simon Tormey Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Yours truly

Professor Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona, Linguistics
Professor Judith Butler, UC Berkeley Comparative Literature
Mr. John Pilger Journalist, author, film-maker, London.

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Professor Roy Greenslade, City, University of London, Journalism.

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Professor Alex Callinicos, King’s College London (Emeritus)

And lots of others (see link).

 

Not everybody is happy:

 

Reminders:

And,

And another reminder:

Here is another petition by a public intellectual and expert on the Middle East;

Tony Greenstein finds time in his busy job publicly intellectualising  to comment on Tendance Coatesy:

you are a scab Jim Denham. The demand to sack a lecturer for speaking out on the oppression of Palestinians and the activities of the Israeli state via its proxies, which is what the Union of Jewish Student is, shows just how much you have degenerated politically.

Andrew Coates is no better.

You are both disgusting scabs.

Today he has expanded his field,

Being a scab Denham you wouldn’t understand. However it is a widely used substitute for ‘Keir’ as Keir Hardie was a socialist whereas Starmer and you aren’t!!

Tony Greenstein is expected to play a leading role in tomorrow’s Labour in Exile Network (LIEN) Conference

Today he offers it extensive publicity on his Blog:

Labour In Exile Network Conference – This Saturday February 27th

Labour In Exile Network was formed in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension and the ensuing suspension of officers of the Labour Party who had the temerity to allow their parties to discuss such mundane matters as whether Starmer was out of his reactionary mind to suspend his predecessor.

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To Labour’s racist leader this is in itself a crime.  The only acceptable Black people to this Zionist ‘without qualification’ are the David Lammy’s of this world.

LIEN has received considerable publicity in its call for an explanation from Starmer as to why he employed an Israeli spy, Assaf Kaplan, as a member of his staff, with the remit to snoop on members.

I sometimes despair at what I call the Stupid Left – Momentum and their fellow travellers.

Today even the most stupid member of Momentum realises that Starmer is a liar.

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The Corbyn Project attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the idea that a better world was possible.  They were betrayed by people like Jon Lansman and John McDonnell who thought they could trim their sails to the wind and bow to the ruling class ‘anti-Semitism’ attack that was launched against Corbyn and his supporters.

 

The doolally gent concludes,

Looking forward to seeing everybody

Tony Greenstein

Anybody ‘stupid’ or not can expect a warm welcome.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 26, 2021 at 11:12 am

‘Labour in Exile’ Network to hold Launch Conference, Calls for “Strike Action” for May Elections..

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“will only campaign for Labour Party candidates prepared to condemn the suspensions.”

FEBRUARY 2021

Press Release.

LABOUR MEMBERS PLAN STRIKE ACTION FOR ELECTIONS

Labour Party members plan to take a form of extraordinary strike action — against their own party.

The action is being planned by the Labour In Exile Network (LIEN) group to protest against the suspensions of members under the leadership of  Keir Starmer.

Under the plan members will only campaign for Labour Party candidates prepared to condemn the suspensions.

Christine Tongue of LIEN said: “Hundreds of people, including many party officers,  have been suspended since Keir Starmer became leader,  unfairly and without even a semblance of natural justice. This is a purge — and we are going to take collective action to stop it.”

The group aims to target the May elections to local government.

 

The Labour In Exile Network (LIEN) has been promoting this as an example of an unjust expulsion.

The Morning Star has just given them another puff.

Purged Labour party members to print their own membership cards in act of defiance

PURGED” Labour Party members are planning to print their own membership cards in an act of defiance as they vow not to quit the party.

Since Sir Keir Starmer became leader, members have been expelled for voicing solidarity with his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn after he was suspended and subsequently readmitted without the whip.

A fightback is being organised by the new Labour In Exile Network (LIEN) which is launching a campaign to change the party later this month.

The new cards will bear the original Clause IV of the party’s constitution, calling for the common ownership of industry which was rewritten under New Labour leader Tony Blair.

Terry Deans, who was suspended last year, said: “We are not leaving the party, nor are we starting a new party.

“The Labour Party is our party and we are staying put.

“The cards will show people that whatever [Sir Keir] does, whether he suspends or expels us, the original party remains, and we remain members of it.”

Following an investigation by Labour’s national executive committee, the Falklands war veteran was suspended for 12 months, a decision that has left him puzzled as he was denied the opportunity for a hearing.

Mr Deans is still awaiting acknowledgement of his appeal submission nearly five months after lodging it.

“The disputes and disciplinary process is dysfunctional and not fit for purpose. All I want is a proper, fair justice system,” he said.

“This is our party and we’re not going anywhere.”

Labour was contacted for comment.

LIEN’s founding conference will take place on February 27. For more details go to www.labour-in-exile.org.

The anti-Labour Alt-news site The Canary has tweeted.

Labour In Exile Network Retweeted

Labour In Exile Network Retweeted

 

LIEN offers a ‘Plan for Change‘.

The right to free speech is coming under increasing  attack in the world at large and can no longer be guaranteed. We will campaign for Labour Party members, branches and CLPs to have the right to discuss any issues they like, without the threat of censure or suspension. We urge branches and CLP to ignore instructions of issues being “not competent business” as unconstitutional. We campaign against the recommendations of the EHRC report, which demands that antisemitism cases are outsourced and which leads to a curtailing of free speech. We will campaign to overturn the party’s commitment to the so-called definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which conflates anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel with antisemitism in a number of its examples. Instead, we need a culture of open and free debate on all matters.

The mere mention of the Holocaust serves a reminder of what kind of free speech they are after. Labour has the right to set up barriers to the public expression of racism. Do they went “open and free debate” on the Shoah? Including the likes of Norman Finkelstein who praises négationniste David Irving.? On the evidence of the same group’s Free Speech meeting last weekend, the answer can only be yes.

What effect will this have?

More headache for Keir Starmer as yet another Labour group is looking to boycott the local elections

In a press release, the group said it was planning “strike action”:

Under the plan members [of LIEN] will only campaign for Labour Party candidates prepared to condemn the suspensions.

This is on the agenda of the Conference.

. We also want to elect a new Steering Group and we will be hearing contributions from Leah Levane, Jackie Walker, Tosh McDonald, Roger Silverman, Chris Knight and Graham Bash..”

 

  • Witch-hunt Action Group
  • Social media
  • Press and outreach
  • Racism and Antisemitism Group
  • Legal Action Coordinating Group
  • Anti-Zionist Action Network

This is a wholly destructive campaign.

Is LIEN going to demand a kind of loyalty oath to their principles from all Labour candidates?

The names, it is sad to say because some of them have been long-standing left activists. do not command a lot of respect or support these days.

This is another sign of the fragmentation of the left.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

February 16, 2021 at 12:02 pm