The Whittome sacking: “sheer lunacy”

Nadia Whittome: principled Most readers will already be aware of the sacking of three parliamentary private secretaries, including the highly principled new MP, Nadia Whittome. Sienna Rodgers wrote yesterday at LabourList: From an insider perspective, however, the standout event yesterday was not any of Starmer’s TV appearances but the party losing three frontbenchers over the … Continue reading The Whittome sacking: “sheer lunacy”

How I got 100 people to back the Uyghurs

Sade Sawyers, who organised a protest for the Uyghurs at the Chinese embassy in London on 11 September, spoke to Sacha Ismail from Solidarity. I watch a lot of political videos on YouTube, and about a month ago I came across one about the Uyghurs. Before that I hadn't actually heard about the issue, even though … Continue reading How I got 100 people to back the Uyghurs

Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Mike Cooley, the militant trade unionist, Marxist intellectual and highly skilled technologist, has died. He will be best remembered for his leading role in developing the Lucas Plan - a proposal for avoiding redundancies by converting Lucas Aerospace production from arms to social useful products. John Palmer (who knew Cooley personally) has written an excellent … Continue reading Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

“It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Yanis Varoufakis' attempt to build an international organisation seems to be foundering. Having welcomed Vijay Prashad, a propaganda cheerleader for the Chinese state, into the fold and dismissed attempts to raise repression and exploitation in China as 'intra-left-sectarianism', there's now this: they invited a well-respected Syrian leftist to join its 'advisory Council' and then dropped … Continue reading “It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

China and Myanmar face Uighurs and Rohingya that are fighting back after years of oppression

A sign of hope for accountability emerged this month after two Myanmar soldiers finally admitted their crimes. A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.Thomas Peter / Reuters fileSept. 17, 2020 By Rayhan Asat, president of the American … Continue reading China and Myanmar face Uighurs and Rohingya that are fighting back after years of oppression

Trump’s election plans: voter suppression, chaos … and a coup?

Above: Trump and Stone: planning a coup? By Barrie Hardy On 13 September, one of Donald Trump’s political dirty tricksters, Roger Stone, signposted a Trumpian future. Though convicted, Stone has avoided prison thanks to a presidential pardon. To pay back the favour, he has suggested that should Trump lose the 3 November election, he should … Continue reading Trump’s election plans: voter suppression, chaos … and a coup?

Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

Above: a shop steward negotiates with a foreman Guest post by Johnny Lewis As with UNISON, both Unite and the GMB will soon face a General Secretary Election - what marks them out as different is they are the last two unions with a private sector membership of any size. As such they are our … Continue reading Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB

RMT crisis: Lynch stands down amid allegations of bullying by NEC members; thug takes over

A serious conflict has broken out within the RMT leadership, covered by the Union News website here:  https://www.union-news.co.uk/mick-lynch-stands-down-as-rmt-ags-amid-allegations-of-bullying-by-nec-members/) RMT assistant general secretary Mick Lynch (pictured above) has stepped down after accusing members of the union’s national executive of bullying and harassment. Lynch, who has been acting general secretary while general secretary Mick Cash was off work with stress, … Continue reading RMT crisis: Lynch stands down amid allegations of bullying by NEC members; thug takes over

Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

Above: Doug Nichols pontificates - perhaps about what a splendid job Johnson's doing "Yes this does break international law, but in a very specific and limited way" You'd have thought, wouldn't you, that thanks to Brandon Lewis there can be no argument about the legality of the move to amend the Irish protocol of the … Continue reading Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

The Socialist Party didn’t like my book on the Poll Tax

Marching against Thatcher's Poll Tax, photo Dave Sinclair   (Click to enlarge) By Simon Hannah When I wrote my book on the Poll Tax movement its primary purpose was to give an overview of the Poll Tax in the context of Thatcherism, to outline the key battles of the movement and draw some perhaps useful political … Continue reading The Socialist Party didn’t like my book on the Poll Tax