The ‘patriotic’ Morning Star – still lying about the pact after all these years

Above: The Daily Worker (23rd August, 1939) hails the Stalin-Hitler pact Today's edition of the Communist Party of Britain's Morning Star is ultra-patriotic. CPB general secretary Robert Griffiths has a lengthy piece headed: "The internationalism and patriotism of all those who fought fascism in the 1920's, 1930's and yes, WWII should be celebrated -- socialists … Continue reading The ‘patriotic’ Morning Star – still lying about the pact after all these years

Labour’s leaked report reveals two scandals

Much comment on the leaked 850-page Labour Party report leaked on 12 April has focused on its extensive and vivid documentation of the already-known fact that from 2015 the hold-overs from the Blair-Brown era in the Labour Party machine were viciously and unscrupulously hostile to - indeed out to sabotage - the Labour Party's new … Continue reading Labour’s leaked report reveals two scandals

Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

Above: Ted Knight (in middle background) with Bertrand Russell (right foreground) and Russell's secretary Ralph Schoenman (bearded, left), from The Newsletter, 25 June 1966 Click here to download as pdf By Sean Matgamna (in a supplement to the present issue of Solidarity) I am saddened by the death of Ted Knight (30 March 2020). I … Continue reading Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

The leaked Labour report on antisemitism and other issues: an initial response

The report claims evidence “disproves allegations that Corbyn’s office had influence over GLU’s work even while Iain McNicol (above) was general secretary" By Patrick Murphy in the present issue of Solidarity Some issues emerge clearly from the leaked Labour Party report on its Governance and Legal Unit's handling of antisemitism and other issues. 1. The … Continue reading The leaked Labour report on antisemitism and other issues: an initial response

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Book Review by Barry Finger: Michael R. Fischbach, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, Stanford, Stanford University Press 2020. It is the conceit of this volume that the history of the American New Left and its residual legacy can be fruitfully reexamined in terms of the divisions … Continue reading How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

Trevor Phillips, ex chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been suspended from the Labour Party  [PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES] By Mohan Sen The issues involved in the suspension of former Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips from the Labour Party on charges of Islamophobia are somewhat murky. Listening to Phillips talk … Continue reading The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

Control freaks and Corbyn’s catastrophe

Seumas Milne (left) and Jeremy Corbyn  (pic: BEN CAWTHRA/REX)   Trying to set the news agenda cost Labour dear, says Francis Beckett (writing in the present issue of the Journalist, magazine of the National Union of Journalists): Labour has gone down to stunning defeats before, but never one like that in in December 2019. There … Continue reading Control freaks and Corbyn’s catastrophe