Thornberry is right: Corbyn and his people must address antisemitism, not defame the ‘messengers’

Emily Thornberry is 100% correct when she says that Corbyn's office team should not be “going for” former officials who blew the whistle on how it handled antisemitism in the party. Thornberry said the party must address the issue and not attack the messengers. She also criticised deputy leader Tom Watson for pointing the finger of blame at … Continue reading Thornberry is right: Corbyn and his people must address antisemitism, not defame the ‘messengers’

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John Fisher RIP

John Fisher, trade unionist and socialist: 6 February 1945 – 4 July 2019 I am saddened to hear of the death on Thursday 4th July, of my long-standing friend and fellow socialist. John Fisher was the youngest trade union full-time officer in the country when appointed by MSF in 1970.   He inspired many trade unionists … Continue reading John Fisher RIP

Sienna Rodgers on Panorama’s ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’ programme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YSkWjnL6n4 By Sienna Rodgers (of LabourList): There is only one subject of discussion in the Labour Party today: antisemitism. The BBC Panorama episode broadcast last night posed the question ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’ and featured eight former staffers, four of whom had signed non-disclosure agreements. They made claims about leader’s office interference in the handling of … Continue reading Sienna Rodgers on Panorama’s ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’ programme

Behind Labour’s Brexit and antisemitism problems

Above: Jeremy Corbyn and Seumas Milne (Reuters) By Dan Katz (slightly adapted by JD) Revelations in yesterday's Sunday Times of splits over Europe and the forthcoming BBC Panorama programme on antisemitism within the party, may or may not be part of an orchestrated campaign by disgruntled former Labour staffers and political opponents in the right wing media. The … Continue reading Behind Labour’s Brexit and antisemitism problems

Putin, liberalism and the left

Socialists seek to go beyond liberalism, not regress from it By Colin Foster In September 1847, before they had even written the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels declared: “If a certain section of German socialists has continually blustered against the liberal bourgeoisie, and has done so, in a manner which has benefited nobody … Continue reading Putin, liberalism and the left

Do Remainers want to abandon the working class?

Above: the anti-Trump demo in London: differing views on Brexit By Phil Hearse (of Socialist Resistance): Jon Cruddas’ Guardian article has a simple message, widely backed by left-wing Brexiteers, that Labour will lose its traditional working class base if it backs a ‘Remain’ position on Brexit. Moreover, he argues, there is a growing false position … Continue reading Do Remainers want to abandon the working class?

Self determination for Hong Kong !

No one with real power has the guts to admit it, but a few years ago the rest of the world gave up caring about the evils perpetrated by the government of China. Perhaps it was the moment when the People’s Republic overtook Japan to become the world’s second biggest economy. Perhaps it was the … Continue reading Self determination for Hong Kong !