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Galloway and the Far-Right.

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Galloway with Friend. 

Galloway’s old mates, John Rees, Lindsey German not to mention  his  former bag-man, Kevin Ovenden have been quite as mice about their leader’s turn to the far right.

 

All his best mate Rees can find to say is this;

The left needs to stop retreating over the use of the term Zionism

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The Red-Brown  front continues….

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 20, 2019 at 10:58 am

Jackie Walker Expelled from the Labour Party, Some Mixed Thoughts.

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Many people had mixed feelings on the case and this Show did not help.

Jackie Walker expelled from the Labour Party

Jackie Walker has been expelled from Labour – after being suspended from the party for over two years – for “prejudicial and grossly detrimental” behaviour.

The former Momentum vice-chair – who is no longer a member of the Corbynite group – had incorrectly claimed at a party conference event in 2016 that Holocaust Memorial Day did not commemorate other genocides, and said she had not found a definition of antisemitism that she could work with.

The case against Walker, presented by the party over the last two days, focussed on a pattern of behaviour including comments on social media.

On the judgment today, a Labour spokesperson confirmed: “The national constitutional committee has found that the charges of breaches of party rules by Jackie Walker have been proven.

“The National Constitutional Committee consequently determined that the sanction for this breach of the rules is expulsion from Labour Party membership.”

Labour Against the Witch-hunt said,

The expulsion of Jackie Walker is a great injustice

Today’s expulsion of Jackie Walker from the Labour Party for “misconduct” – of which the Jewish Chronicle was informed before her solicitors – is a great injustice, though it does not come as a surprise. Although the panel took two days to come to their conclusion, the die had been cast long ago. The decision to charge her for a “pattern of behaviour” does not bode well for Chris Williamson MP, who has been accused of similar ‘offences’.

Jackie walked out on the first day of her hearing, because the panel did not allow her to read out a brief statement. This ruling once again emphasised the lack of fairness at the heart of the party’s disciplinary procedures: for example, the investigating officers added five new charges to their allegations a mere three working days before the hearing began, giving her no time to effectively challenge them and defend herself.

STATEMENT OF JACKIE WALKER

Today (26 March 2019) I (Jackie Walker) attended the long overdue Labour Party disciplinary hearing, before the Labour Party’s highest disciplinary panel (National Constitutional Committee). I was accompanied by my defence witnesses and legal team; I had submitted over 400 pages of evidence in my defence.

At the beginning of the hearing, the Chair advised me that this was to be an informal hearing and that I could address him by his first name. The Chair then invited procedural questions. Through my lawyer I asked to be allowed to make a brief opening address to the Chair and Panel. The large team of Labour Party lawyers objected. The Chair adjourned the meeting to consider my simple request to speak. Despite repeated requests from my lawyer that I be allowed to speak at the outset of my hearing, the Chair ruled that I remain silent. I therefore had no alternative other than to withdraw from the hearing, as it was clear to me that I would not receive a fair hearing.

This is a dignified statement.

Everybody should be aware that Jackie Walker has a serious left-wing background, both professionally and politically, in anti-racist work. She also, with a family heritage and a personal relationship in mind, self-identifies as Jewish.

But knowing about this does not answer the issues caused by Walker’s behaviour.

It would appear to many that she was bent on provoking a reaction with strident opinions on ‘Zionism’.

That is her right. But not everybody, particularly those with a deep sense of the horrors of anti-Semitism in the 20th century, would be at ease with  claims, however qualified, about Jewish involvement in the Atlantic slave trade.

This equally raised hackles,

Holocaust Memorial Day

At the event, Walker queried what she saw as the limited scope of Holocaust Memorial Day, saying: ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust Memorial Day was open to all peoples who’ve experienced holocaust.’ When others shouted that it did include other genocides, she responded “In practice, it’s not actually circulated and advertised as such.”[26] Later, in an interview, she asked why Holocaust Memorial Day only concerns genocides committed since the 1940s, thereby excluding ‘the African holocaust’ during the slave trade.[27] She has also said, following the meeting, “I would never play down the significance of the Shoah. Working with many Jewish comrades, I continue to seek to bring greater awareness of other genocides, which are too often forgotten or minimised. If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do and I apologise

The campaign against Walker’s suspension has been led by Labour Against the Witch-hunt. Apart from personalities  like Ken Loach, her active backing includes the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), but above all, supporters of the Weekly Worker/Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee) and this figure:

Here is Walker’s immediate course of action.

The following is clearly beyond the bounds of the acceptable.

As is this.

Not to mention this:

 

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The impression many people on the left have is that Labour Against the Witch-hunt, and others, such as the JVL, wish to turn the Labour Party into a battlefield, or perhaps playground, in which rival views about Israel and Zionism (in all its varieties) can be shouted about.

Given that, internationally, Israel borders Syria, a country in which real and present genocides have happened, the degree of strident denunciation of Israel can be gut wrenching. Some people from Labour Against the Witch-hunt are amongst those who have fuelled the flames.

Apart from this being far from a political priority for the majority of Labour members and voters, there is little doubt that some anti-Semitic views have got an airing in the party during this row and others.

This is a problem – reflecting a growth in political confusionism, the mixing of right and left ideas, across the world in which conspiracy theories around ‘Zionists’. It exists.  It  cannot be swept under the carpet.

The Party has decided that Walker has breached rules deigned, amongst other objective,  to ward off this kind of behaviour.

For those who have a sense that Labour, and the broader labour movement is something that you are a part of, the expulsion is not welcome.

But neither is it unexpected.

 

Brexit, End Game and the Left.

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Brexit Publicity by British Tourist Board.

“Tout commence en mystique et finit en politique.”

Charles Péguy. Notre jeunesse.1910.

”Our central argument is that the various and disparate forms of discontent which led 51,9% of voters to vote Leave must not be allowed to fade away until the Brexit process is complete. This discontent is the emergency, which will power our programmes. If Brexit was fuelled, first and foremost, by a sense of the part of many of the British people that the political class had betrayed them, that sense of betrayal must be sustained. Indeed, it can now be focused more accurately since, with the reframing of Leave’s narrow majority as the ‘will of the people’, public anger will be turned most effectively on those members of the political and media establishment who can portrayed as frustrating that will…”(P 359 – 9)

Imperium Foundation. Middle England. Jonathan Coe 2018.

How long ago seems the aftermath of the Brexit vote. After the 2016 result, Roger Scruton talked mystically of the need for “conciliation”, the opportunity it gave to move towards, a decentralised economy, of the kind that existed in the nineteenth century and could exist again. The poet of identity in political communities continued, ”We must build the thing that the British people value most, which is place.” The pseudo people of Anywhere, the “metropolitan elites”, opined David Goodhart, had been answered by a “populist revolt” by the People from Somewhere. Susan Watkins, editor of New Left Review, chimed in, “Critics of the neoliberal order have no reason to regret these knocks to it, against which the entire global establishment – Obama to Abe, Merkel to Modi, Junker to Xi …inveigled.” (1)

Coming to the issue of identity, Eric Kaufmann observes, “What really distinguishes Leave from remain voters is their willingness to sacrifice economic benefits to cut immigration”. In their favourable account of national populism, Eatwell and Goodwin give legitimacy to fears about “hyper-ethnic change”. “We do not think the term “racism” should be applied solely because people seek to retain the broad parameters of the ethnic base of country and its national identity, even though this can involve discriminating against outside groups.” (2)

The Great Replacement.

The poetasters of national identity began to look, to those soaked in the traditions of nationalist European literature,  like a return to the themes of Maurice Barrès and “la terre et ses morts”, “la substance nationale” and hostility to cosmopolitan “dérancinés” In recent days the arch-theorist of a great identity replacement Renaud Camus has sprung into the public eye. The claimed threat of immigrant “colonisateurs” bringing “nocence” (harm and damage) to In-nocent Europe has inspired the most ignoble of reactions. (3)

Alan Thornett was perhaps the first to predict that a Yes Vote for Brexit would mean allow this “carnival of reaction” to flourish. Others, enlightened by Fintan O’Toole, recognise in Brexit, a “genuine national revolution against a phoney oppressor.” A burly figure, the ignored working class, was spoken for by the sovereigntist left. The cry for sovereignty, elaborated into a celebration of sovereign nations was, for some, the People’s Brexit crew,  the vehicle of a new socialist project. This prospect of a British Bolshevik Beacon, found a few takers when the economics did not just add up. British political sovereignty, run by the left, runs up against the need to trade, and the country’s embedded condition in a capitalist world, not the much overdrawn ‘neoliberal’ rules of the EU. Critics could point to the Irish writer’s insight into how mysticism had descended into politics. Behind Brexit, the real steam engine,  lay “Jacob Rees Mogg’s “sovereignty of the super rich and their right to escape.” and a scramble for Parliamentary power.(4)

Rhetoric and Reality.

The rhetoric about “elites”, “oligarchies”, and the political “caste”, has seeped from right to left. It is tempting to dismiss this as an unwanted revival of a strain of 19th century European socialism, hostile to representative democracy, looking for decisive leaders to sweep away the manoeuvres of Parliament and the forces of “financial feudalism”. The reappearance of the references to Rothschild, and newer name of George Soros, has echoes of one such ‘socialist’ diatribe against the “financial aristocracy”, Alphonse Toussenel’s Les Juifs Rois de l’époque (1886). Yet the programme of ‘Imperium’, that is the European Research Group (ERG) is indeed, as fictionalised  lightly in Jonathan Coe’s Middle England,  “to liberate Britain from the EU’s oppressive tax and other regulations and allow it to become a genuine free-trading country with its principle endeavours directed towards Asian and US markets.” It is that faction which is riding high in the Conservative Party. It is the motor behind a drive for the worst possible Brexit possible. (5)

In the (just translated) Le crépuscule de la France d’en haut, Cristophe Gilley hailed the Brexit result. It was sign of the ‘Marronage”, the escape of slaves, from the yoke of the establishment, a development he detected that was well underway in the Hexagon – as would underline as the Gilets Jaunes emerged. The British Somewheres, like “la France périphérique” had found a voice in voting for Sovereignty. No0 doubt Nigel Farage is leading them at this very moment towards the Great Wen. Eatwell and Goodwin suggest that the return to two-party dominance in 2017 is far from a new normal. It “may represent an unstable prelude to populist-right renewal.” (6)

There is one vehicle that can halt this in its tracks. The mass movement against Brexit, led, for the moment by the liberal centre, but backed by sections of the left, is a democratic challenge to the projects of the ERG. If, as Another Europe is Possible argues, it can reach deeper into the Labour Party and the labour movement, it may be able to head off Brexit. There is now everything to play for. Now. (7)

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  1. Pages 218, and 223. Where We Are. The State of Britain Now. Roger Scruton. Bloomsbury. 2017. The Road to Somewhere. The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics. David Goodhart. Hurst & Company. 2017.Casting Off? Susan Watkins. New Left Review. No 100. 2016.
  2. Page 201. White Shift. Eric Kaufmann. Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities Penguin 2018. Page 75. National Populism. The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin. Pelican. 2018.
  3. Pages 281 – 283. Les Déracinés. Maurice Barrès. 1897. Gallimard. 1988. Le Grand Remplacement. Renaud Camus. 2012. Page 70. La Nocence, instrument du Grand Remplacement.
  4. Page 172 Heroic Failure, Brexit and Politics of Pain. Fintan O’Toole. Apollo. 2018.
  5. Page 359. Middle England. Jonathan Coe. Viking 2018.
  6. Page 248. Le crépuscule de la France d’en haut, Cristophe Gilley. Flammarion. 2017. Page 209. National Populism. Op cit.
  7. Another Europe is Possible.

 

Weekly Worker Goes Martin Niemöller.

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Comrades! Spare a Moment to shed a Quiet Tear.

The Weekly Worker, organ of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), to give it its full august title, its front organisation, the Labour Party Marxist, a pillar and web page, with the Tony Greenstein Party, and Jackie Walker, of Labour Against the Witch-hunt, has been forthright in standing up for Chris Williamson in recent days.

Spotters have already noted that  they are now stirring up Labour Party motions in favour of Vanessa Beeley’s best friend.

Draft Emergency Motion: Reinstate Chris Williamson MP!

Resolutions and statements passed in support of Chris Williamson MP

Their old mucker, Gerry Downing, has not been idle either.

Proving that anti-semitism does not exist the latest Socialist Fight cries:

Reinstate Chris Williamson! Expel all Zionist racists from Labour!

“the presence of a significant layer of reactionaries with special privileges to abuse others on the basis of supremacism and racism is totally inimical to socialism and anti-racism. “

“it is supposedly ‘anti-Semitic’ to note the highly organised racist activities of very wealthy, racist Jewish-Zionist bourgeois in the West, loyal to Israel…”

“Jewish supremacism is every bit as disgusting and racist a threat to oppressed minorities and democratic rights as the white supremacism it allies with.”

“Tom Watson is now the leader of the racist, pro-imperialist fifth column in the Labour Party….”

” And what do we make of the grovelling specimen Owen Jones? A disgrace to his parents.”

These days are returning!

Forerunner of the Weekly Worker:

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 2, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Rise in anti-Semitic Acts in France.

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2018, 69 % increase of  anti-semitic acts in France.(Plantu)

(To underline this the Plantu FB page where this cartoon comes from, is already full of racist, and anti-semite, comments.

eg, “Pourquoi la France serait-elle à l’abri d’actes antisémites provoqués par l’attitude des Juifs”).)

Number of antisemitic attacks in France rise by 74% in one year

Independent.

‘These acts are revolting,’ prime minister says

Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honour of a Jewish man vandalised. A bagel shop with the German word “Juden” sprayed on its front window.

These are just a few of the hundreds of antisemitic acts that have been committed in recent months in France, home to the world’s largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States.

According to French authorities, registered incidents of antisemitism rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, an increase of 74 per cent.

“These acts are revolting,” prime minister Edouard Philippe said at the French parliament on Tuesday. “Day after day I’m noticing scandalous degradation and inscriptions. Day after day, I’m noticing that symbols and venues our country cherishes are attacked.”

The French left daily, l’Humanité talks of a foul stench from the 1930s.

The FSU says:

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Libération leads on a wave of anti-Semitic acts sweeping across Europe;

L’Europe menacée par une «déferlante» d’antisémitisme.

Opinion polls and statistics show a worsening of anti-Semitic incidents and the growing concern of the Jewish community. A third of European Jews have considered emigrating.

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 the upward trend observed in France is confirmed elsewhere. And especially in Britain, where the second largest Jewish community in Europe after France lives.

According to the Jewish Community Security Trust (CST), which has been tracking antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom since 1984 and has just published its 2018 report , these acts increased by 16% last year, from 1420 to 1652. the third consecutive year, the level of  incidents rose again, which confirms,  the CSE highlighted , the existence of a strong trend.  In detail, the organisation has recorded 122 violent attacks, 78 cases of vanadalism or desecration, 109 physical or verbal threats and about 1,300 cases of “abusive behaviour”, a category encompassing both verbal attacks, hate e-mails, graffiti and antisemitic messages on social networks.

In another article in Libération Antisémitisme : un fléau sans finBernadette Sauvaget) this point is made,

..it is too early to put forward any definitive explanations for this recent increase anti-Jewish acts.  “We are witnessing a resurgence of traditional anti-Semitism,” said Marc Knobel. The historian noted the return of themes such as the supposed link between Jews and money, typical of 1930s anti-Semitism. “If Macron had been the director of Crédit Agricole, nobody would have said anything about it, explains Marc Knobel. The fact that he worked at the Rothschild bank fueled a lot of rumours. ” There appears to be a convergence  between the propagation of conspiracy theories (which take up the theme of the supposed hidden power of the Jews), their widespread dissemination on social networks, the influence of the ultra-right and the generalization of a climate of violence in society .

The Times leads on this:

Yellow vests fuel surge in antisemitism across France

But the following comment has been made, by Business Day,

the rise in anti-Semitic acts in France predates the “yellow vest” movement and there was no evidence on Tuesday tying the latest incidents to the movement.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner said anti-Jewish offences reported to the police surged 74% in 2018 to 541 from 311 in 2017. Castaner said 183 involved assaults and at least one murder, while 358 were anti-Semitic threats or insults.

“Anti-Semitism is spreading like poison,” Castaner said while visiting a memorial site outside Paris for a young Jewish man who was tortured to death in 2006.

A tree planted at the site where 23-year-old Ilan Halimi’s body was found had been chopped down, and a second tree was partly sawed through.

The following has been announced: (Europe 1)

Une manifestation contre l’antisémitisme ? Ce serait “une très belle initiative”, selon ces “gilets jaunes

A demonstration against anti-Semitism? It would be “a very good initiative”, according to these “yellow vests”

Pourquoi en appeler ainsi aux “gilets jaunes” ? Pour l’heure, aucune des enquêtes sur des actes récents d’antisémitisme n’impute la responsabilité aux “gilets jaunes”. Pourtant, plusieurs voix établissent un lien entre ces actes et les agissements d’une minorité radicalisée se réclamant du mouvement qui agite la France depuis le 17 novembre. La présence de certains groupuscules violents d’extrême droite au sein des cortèges, elle aussi, inquiète.

Why call so on “yellow vests”? For the moment, none of the investigations into recent acts of anti-Semitism impute liability to the “gilets Jaunes.” However, several voices link these acts to the actions of a radicalized minority claiming the movement that has agitated France since 17 November. The presence of certain violent groups of extreme right within the Gilets Jaunes marches, is equally worrying.

As in:

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Labour Against the Witch-hunt Conference Venue Cancelled.

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And all was going swimmingly for Greenestein.

Tony Greenstein’s 40% vote for Secretary of Palestine Solidarity Campaign is a shot across the Executive’s bows

PSC activists express their dissatisfaction with an Executive that puts a Zionist Emily Thornberry on a Palestinian platform

Greenstein even has praise for his old mucker Gerry Downing.

“I carry below a report from Gerry Downing of Socialist Voice on the conference. The Report is a fair one…”

Greenstein then spoils the growing comradely atmosphere which some speculate is leading to an alliance between Law and Socialist Fight,

,”but I have to say that their continued characterisation of the Israel or Zionist lobby as a Jewish ethnic lobby is unhelpful.”

Dear, oh dear….

And Gerry said such supportive things,

Tony Greenstein stood for the Secretary’s position against Ben Soffa but lost by 67 votes to 103, a creditable performance. Socialist Fight put out a leaflet critically defending him (he did motivate our expulsion from Labour Against the Witchhunt).

The event sounds a hoot:

we were entertained by a dance troupe trio from the Palestine Hawiya Dance Company just after the break, who put on a really excellent show for us all.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign AGM 26-1-2019

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

 

Let’s hope they find a new venue.

Agenda

10.30 Registration

11am Opening remarks by chair Jackie Walker

11.10 am ‘The slow coup against Jeremy Corbyn’
Motion introduced by Asa Winstanley (Electronic Intifada) and LAW honorary president Moshé Machover
followed by discussion and amendments

– 1pm lunch break –

1.30pm ‘Why we oppose the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism’
Motion introduced by Glyn Secker (JVL) Tony Greenstein
followed by discussion and amendments

3.15pm
Other motions
LAW constitution
Election of steering committee

Written by Andrew Coates

February 1, 2019 at 11:38 am

Roger Scruton Scandal, the “detachment of a Superior Being” faced with the Rabble.

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Fortnight’s Anger, Roger Scruton: “These commissars of political correctness aren’t fit to tie his boots.”

“Roger Scruton claimed sexual harassment “just means sexual advances made by the unattractive” and said date rape victims were “withdrawing consent in retrospect”.

Alex Wickham

BuzzFeed continues,

Conservative pundits leapt to the defence of Scruton in response to BuzzFeed News’ revelations yesterday.

The commentator Toby Young said it was “depressing to see the social media cops trawl through everything Roger Scruton’s ever written in the hope of finding things to be offended by”.

Historian Niall Ferguson praised Scruton as “the greatest living Englishman”, adding: “If only he could be prime minister.” The Guido Fawkes blog tweeted: “He is a moral giant being attacked by midgets.”

Update: Following publication of this article, Roger Scruton said in a statement:

“These highly selective quotes grossly misrepresent an entire lecture. I was in no way suggesting that victims of date rape are not victims of a crime and could have worded my point differently to make this clearer. I’ve spent my life arguing for greater respect between men and women and anyone who takes the time to read my books or listen to my lectures will realise this.”

One of Spiked’s minions writes,

Roger Scruton: thoughtcriminal?

One of his supposedly controversial comments unearthed by Buzzfeedis, ironically, about the marginalisation of conservative viewpoints. ‘In a society devoted to inclusion, the only “phobia” permitted is that of which conservatives are the target’, Scruton wrote, adding that conservatives are ‘frequently marginalised or even demonised as representatives of one of the forbidden “isms” or “phobias” of the day – racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, etc’.

Those calling for Scruton to be sacked are proving his point. You do not have to agree with a single thing he says to see that the intolerance towards his conservative views has been remarkable and alarming.

Another flunky fumes,

Don’t let the offendotrons take down Scruton

If Twitter offendotrons manage to get Maybot and Co to sack Sir Roger Scruton from his new job advising Building Better, Building Beautiful on housing policy, you can safely stick a fork in British civil society. It’s done.

Poor old Scruton:

Written by Andrew Coates

November 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm