By Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatesy): Cancel Culture. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”. From Rowling to Chomsky: “The task of Marxist politics is to defend these freedoms” – Ralph Miliband. JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech - BBC: Some 150 writers, academics and activists – including authors JK Rowling, … Continue reading “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”: Coatesy responds
From (of all sources!) the hard-line pro-Brexit Tory (and Johnson/Cummings fanzine) Spectator (author of this particular piece, Stephen Fielding): Starmer’s method of attack – which coolly focuses on the government’s lack of competence – is paying dividends. But will it be enough to ensure his party can emerge from the Covid crisis in a way … Continue reading Guilty Men of Covid – go for them, Starmer!
The following piece was written in 2001, for the Workers Liberty pamphlet 'How To Beat The Racists', which has now been republished,. Obviously, my article is now out of date in many respects (not least, the strength of the trade union movement); but even so I think it carries some worthwhile messages for today. The … Continue reading Anti-racism and the labour movement
Editor Chacko The following two statements appear in today's Morning Star and we republish both articles for the information of the left and labour movement. You may notice that whereas Neta Golan, the activist quoted in the Morning Star's original piece ('Minnesota Force Had Training In Israeli Brutality' -published in the June 2 print edition) … Continue reading Minnesota cops and Israel: Morning Star’s source apologies but editor merely ‘clarifies’
Opinion differs on that section of the left that takes antisemitism seriously, as to the rights and wrongs of the Long Bailey sacking. But what no serious leftist can doubt is that retweeting Maxine Peake's conspiracy theory about Israeli "secret services" teaching the US cops how to kill black people like George Floyd was - … Continue reading The shame of the new ‘Tribune’ and its editor
By Chen Ying A music teacher in Hong Kong has been sacked by her school, because she allowed one of her students to perform the song "Glory to Hong Kong" as part of an assessment task at school. Lau Ka-tung, a social worker, was accused of hindering officers from proceeding by standing in front of … Continue reading Hong Kong: The Empire Strikes Back
Rebecca Long-Bailey: former shadow education secretary. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PAAs you'll all by now be well aware, Rebecca Long Bailey shared an interview with Maxine Peake in which the actress claimed that US police learnt the tactic of kneeling on people’s necks “from seminars with Israeli secret services”. In a wide-ranging interview with the Independent, Peake made … Continue reading Long Bailey, ‘antisemitic conspiracy theories’ and the dangers of believing what you read in the Morning Star
Robert Jenrick backed the property plans of Richard Desmond, pictured having fun with Boris Johnson (picture: The Times) One of the more gob-smacking responses to the Jenrick -Desmond dodgy dealings over Westferry Printworks, came from business and industry secretary Nadhim Zahawi on this morning's Radio 4 Today programme. Asked by presented Justin Webb (not known … Continue reading How to win friends and influence people – simple: attend a Tory fund-raising event!
Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), discusses the future of the left. Part three of three articles. Part one, 'How I Became a Socialist' + part two, 'The irreplaceable strategy of simply keeping going'. The depth of the recession facing us means that the Tories might either force through … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’
Above: the Chinese state's brutal treatment of Uyghur Muslims This article also appears on the Workers Liberty website: By Mohan Sen For all its rhetoric about working-class politics, the conservative-left and Stalinist faction in Momentum’s national coordinating group election, Momentum Renewal, has had little to say about the huge crises confronting the working class in … Continue reading AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia