John Wight in the Morning Star, on boxing: romanticism and cod-psychology

The Morning Star, though controlled politically by the Communist Party of Britain, aspires to being a left wing alternative to mainstream tabloids. Thus the paper includes sports pages, arts reviews, a crossword, a gardening column and even a cookery spot ("The Commie Chef"). The paper’s boxing coverage is by one John Wight, a failed Hollywood … Continue reading John Wight in the Morning Star, on boxing: romanticism and cod-psychology

The IHRA definition: a reply to the Guardian letter signed by Sir Stephen Sedley et al.

Above: just one example of the campaign of misrepresentation of what the definition does, and does not, say about Israel and antisemitism with unevidenced claims about the definition’s alleged impact on free speech. First published on the Fathom website: On 7 January 2021 The Guardian published a letter from eight lawyers who claimed that the IHRA definition … Continue reading The IHRA definition: a reply to the Guardian letter signed by Sir Stephen Sedley et al.

Answers to Walter’s Holiday Quiz

At last! The answers to Walter’s Holiday Quiz ... but no prizes, I'm afraid, comrades ... Leon Trotsky.Werner Sombart on the US working class specifically and socialism in general.Minneapolis Teamsters Bill and Emil were guards at Trotsky’s house in Mexico Cityfor a period in 1938. The food appalled them.Jean Paul Sartre’s funeral cortege, as it … Continue reading Answers to Walter’s Holiday Quiz

The USA needs to be made a proper democracy

By Thomas Carolan The woman, in her late 20s, has been maced. Recovering slowly, she looks a bit sorry for herself, and complains indignantly. “As soon as I went into the Capitol, they maced me, right in my face.” Interviewer: “Yes, but why did you go in?” “Go in? For the revolution, of course.” Not … Continue reading The USA needs to be made a proper democracy

The scandal of Irish mother and baby homes

The Irish government will apologise today following a report into mother and baby homes, that found an "appalling level of infant mortality" and a "stifling, oppressive and brutally misogynistic culture". These places were run by the Catholic Church and housed unmarried women and girls who had become pregnant. About 9,000 children died in the 18 … Continue reading The scandal of Irish mother and baby homes

Embery’s book: “reactionary … but the ideas he sets out have had a place on the left for a very long time”

By David Walsh Can I draw attention to what I feel is the first “thinking” review of Paul Embery’s book Despised? It is by Sabrina Huck who used to be one of the group who ran LabourList, and whilst suitably sceptical of Embery’s overall claims, she makes some interesting observations – not least about Embery’s … Continue reading Embery’s book: “reactionary … but the ideas he sets out have had a place on the left for a very long time”

Trump’s attempted coup and the denialists

Above: Supporters of Trump make their way, unimpeded, past barriers at the U.S. Capitol Ever since Trump's election in 2016, there have been those (mainly, but not exclusively on the left) who've resisted the idea that he is anything particularly out of the ordinary in terms of US bourgeois democracy. In particular, many of these … Continue reading Trump’s attempted coup and the denialists

Hong Kong: urgent appeal for labour movement solidarity

From L to R: Wu Chi-Wai, Lester Shum, Gwyneth Ho, Alvin Yeung, James To, Kwok Ka-ki, Lam Cheuk-ting, Eddie Chu, Ventus Lau, Benny Tai, Raymond Chan, Leung Kwok-hung. By Andrew Coates at Tendance Coatesy "Carol Ng and Winnie Yu are prominent trade unionists arrested overnight by the Hong Kong government on the orders of its … Continue reading Hong Kong: urgent appeal for labour movement solidarity

Assange: a loathsome character who must be defended

David Leigh and Luke Harding’s history of WikiLeaks describes how journalists took Assange to Moro’s, a classy Spanish restaurant in central London. A reporter worried that Assange would risk killing Afghans who had co-operated with American forces if he put US secrets online without taking the basic precaution of removing their names. “Well, they’re informants,” Assange … Continue reading Assange: a loathsome character who must be defended